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You are invited to the next IM Public Lecture. See below and attached poster for details.

The Information Management Public Lectures give attention to exciting advances in research and professional practice. The topics are diverse reflecting the importance and global extent of Information Management in today’s society. The lectures are free of charge and open to all, unless otherwise stated. All 2020-2021 lectures will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams. Click here for the full schedule. Lecture will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

On the Never-Ending Serial Crisis and the Need to Re-Think Scholarly Publishing 


Dr. Philippe Mongeon
Dalhousie University

Lecture Details
Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Microsoft Teams (click link at above date/time to join)

Abstract: Academic libraries around the world have been in an enduring “serial crisis” for now more than three decades. Despite the massive decrease in the costs of publishing brought by technological advances, the rise of the Open Access movement, and the “big deals” negotiated with scholarly publishers, the costs of access to scholarly literature never ceased to increase and the crisis remains unresolved. This talk will provide a quick overview of the evolution of scholarly publishing over the last 30 years and present the results of an ongoing study on the costs of access to scholarly literature in Canadian universities. The talk will also provide a critical perspective on the so-called transformative agreements (some prefer the term “big deal 2.0”) that recently emerged as a solution proposed by scholarly publishers.

Bio: Dr. Philippe Mongeon is an assistant professor at the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University. He is Director of the Quantitative Science Studies Lab, an associate member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST), president of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS), and member of the Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) research group. His research revolves around the use of bibliometrics and other quantitative methods to study the dynamics and practices of knowledge production, dissemination and use. He is an open access and open science advocate.


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