Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy

“Assist the Executive Director in the development of SPARC’s policy goals and priorities, and lead SPARC’s implementation of federal advocacy with Congress and the Executive Branch. This will include:

Monitor and report on legislative and regulatory activities related to SPARC’s policy priorities.
Track the development of relevant international, federal, and state policy to identify trends or future problems.
Provide in-depth analysis of regulations, guidance, and legislation (existing and proposed) as it affects SPARC’s priorities.
Draft clear compelling materials for policymakers, SPARC members, and the public, including reports, fact sheets, FAQs, talking points, memorandums, and public comments.
Represent SPARC in meetings with policymakers and staff (in Congress, Executive branch, etc.) and provide regular feedback to SPARC leadership.
Represent SPARC in relevant coalitions, and develop and maintain partnerships with key collaborative organizations.
Oversee policy advocacy engagement with the SPARC membership, coalition partners, and the broader open community.
As a member of the management team, provide vital input for short- and long-term strategic and operational planning within the organization specific to the policy agenda….”

Navigating Toward Our Values in a ‘Moment Beyond Statements’ – SPARC

” “We’re in a moment beyond statements now…” Jon Cawthorne’s remark captured the heart of the discussion at the recent ACRL/SPARC Forum on navigating the current challenges of COVID-driven budget cuts and the need for libraries to move from intention to action on equity and inclusion. During this time of profound change with economic upheaval and long-needed focus on racial justice issues, libraries are being pushed to rethink how to move forward. There is no definitive pandemic “end line”,  where the world just goes back to normal—and, in any event, we don’t want to simply go back to the business of scholarly communication as it was. As Chris Bourg framed it, “This pandemic may be our ‘cross the Rubicon’ moment” where we have the opportunity to move forward with re-structuring this system to prioritize openness and equity at its core. With this year’s Open Access Week centered on “taking action to build structural equity and inclusion,” this focus on aligning actions with values is critical. …”

Open access and author rights: questioning Harvard’s open access policy

Harvard’s open access (OA) policy, which has become a template for many institutional OA policies, intrinsically undermines the rights of scholars, researchers, authors and university staff, and it adulterates a principal tenet of open access, namely, that authors should control the intellectual property rights to their material. Assessing the implications of Harvard’s open access policy in the light of Peter Suber’s landmark book, Open Access, as well as resources from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and Title 17 of the United States Code (USC), this article uncovers an intellectual ‘landgrab’ by universities that may at times not work in the interest of the author or creator of research and weakens the appeal of open access.

10 Key Interviews – SPARC Europe

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Theme of 2020 Open Access Week to be Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion – Open Access Week

“The 2020 Open Access Week Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week, to be held October 19-25, will be “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.”

Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge. Rebuilding research and scholarship to be open by default presents a unique opportunity to construct a foundation that is fundamentally more equitable. Yet today, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness is a core value. As a global community, it is important to understand that the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice and that addressing these inequities is a necessity….”



Responses to common misconceptions about campus open-access policies

“As a growing number of academic institutions gain experience in developing campus openaccess (OA) policies, common misconceptions have surfaced. This document responds to these misconceptions, offering a series of talking points developed to help respond effectively if they surface on your campus.1 Additional resources on developing and implementing a campus open-access policy, including expert consultation, are available from SPARC. See our page on campus policies at …”

Dutch Deal – Community-Owned Infrastructure

“Elsevier has negotiated a new deal with VSNU, a consortia of Dutch Universities. This new type of deal combines content with data analytics in a novel way. Signing the deal represents an insidious precedent for the academic community, and we’re following the impacts….”