Commons & Collective Action: Exploring Non-market Approaches to Delivering Library (and other) Services

7:30am - 9:00am   Coffee & Registration

9:00am  - 9:15am   Welcoming Remarks

9:15am - 10:15am   The Commons as a Tool of Emancipation in Libraries
Speaker: David Bollier, Director, Reinventing the Commons Program at Schumacher Center for a New Economics 

David will explain the dynamics of the commons as an effective social system for meeting community needs in higher education, but also the challenges in establishing new commons. The burgeoning platforms for commons-based collaboration can empower scholars, students, librarians, and others to reclaim greater control over their research, knowledge, pedagogy, and scholarly communications while improving those functions and reducing costs.

10:15am - 10:30am   Break

10:30am - 11:15am   Scholarly Publishing as a Commons
Speaker:  Mark Edington

How scholarly publishing might address the economic challenges of the future by adopting a commons-based approach to both funding patterns and publishing rights

11:15am - 12:15pm   The Challenges of Collective Action, the 2.5% Initiative, and Mapping the Scholarly Commons  
David Lewis, 
Dean Emeritus, IUPUI University Library
Christine Turner, Acquisitions and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Mike Roy, Dean of Library, Middlebury College

The presentation will look at how librarians and others can overcome the collective action problem and create community controlled scholarly commons.  It will look at the nature of infrastructure, data and content, and the challenges these present.  It will build on the authors “2.5% Commitment” paper and describe several current efforts to advance the work.

12:15pm - 1:15pm   Lunch

1:15pm - 2:15pm   Building and Sustaining Collective Action
Speaker: Jess Farrell, Project Manager, Educopia

As we build commons-based approaches to delivering library services, we also must build commons-based approaches to sustaining them. Educopia’s Community Cultivation Field Guide provides an open, freely available roadmap intended to help communities undertake this work.  Educopia's approach has helped more than 20 communities within the library, archives, museum, and publishing fields grow their operations. This approach draws upon the work of a wide range of community organizers and integrates methodologies and techniques that are regularly used in other fields. In this session, we will briefly review the Field Guide's potential application in Commons-based community formation and maturation. We will also discuss how attendees may use it to build and sustain their own communities, whether those communities are just starting out, are experiencing accelerated growth, or are managing a big transition.

2:15pm - 3:00pm   Panel Discussion/Next Steps/Wrap-up
Moderated by: Ada Emmett, Librarian, University of Kansas

3:00pm    End