The librarian’s traditional role of ensuring that information is effectively and efficiently disseminated and made easily accessible continues in tandem with technological advances and the changing research environment. The origins of the scholarly communication movement (or open access movement) is partly attributed to the journals crisis libraries have been experiencing for the last two decades. The movement’s aims are to ensure that research is more accessible, disseminated widely and that future access to knowledge is assured. As such, librarians (both as researchers and as professionals) are natural advocates of alternative modes of scholarly communication or the scholarly communication movement.
The following sections will discuss specific critical issues in scholarly communication with particular relevance to librarians. For more information and reading consult the list of resources and tools provided under Resources.