A presentation by Marilena Daquino, Silvio Peroni and David Shotton, at Open Science Fair 2019.
“Transitioning Society Publications to Open Access, or TSPOA, is group of like-minded scholarly communication workers from libraries, academic institutions, publishers, and consortia. This first year, we’ve capped ourselves at 15 people for agility purposes in getting projects underway, and we mostly work at academic libraries or academic publishers in the U.S., though we have some international representation (a shoutout here to Mikael Laakso in Finland). And of course the publisher representatives in our group have international presence.
We’ve organized to provide support, advocacy, and referral services within scholarly society publishing, and today I’ll be talking about three things: (1) why we felt that TSPOA was needed, (2) how we formed to help address these needs, and (3) what our current projects are.”
“In the January 2018, Syracuse University passed an Accessibility policy requiring WCAG 2.0 AA compliance with the American Disabilities Act. The university also received an Office of Civil Rights complaint that required a review of the the University’s most widely used sites, once of which was the institutional repository, SURFACE (surace.syr.edu).
In this presentation, I will share the story of how the Syracuse University Libraries evaluated requirements necessary for WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, and detail changes made to the institutional repository. This will include considerations and conclusions, internal collaborations within the Libraries, workflows, and project management patterns. Findings disclosed will include challenges, successes, and practical workarounds regarding accessibility and the technology infrastructures of Digital Commons that were experienced, especially impacting the discovery, metadata, and interoperability of the IR collections.
As time passed, and the principles of our department and university did, as well as the dynamic with the vendor, bepress/Elsevier. As advocacy is a core element of scholarly communication (SC) work, the discussion will draw to a close with a discussion of how definitions of access to information now takes on a whole new meaning, how this influences Open Access, and why this still matters.”