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National Differences in Librarians' Reception to the Open Access Movement: A Comparison of the Professional Library Literatures of China, Taiwan, and the United States

Sei-Ching Joanna SIN, Kristin R. ESCHENFELDER, and Chi-Shiou LIN

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


This poster describes an analysis of arguments supportive of, or critical of the Open Access (OA) movement expressed in a sample of the professional library literature from China, Taiwan and the United States during the 1998-2005 time period. Content analysis is used to address the following research questions: 1) How frequently is OA addressed in the professional library literature from 2000 to 2005? 2) What arguments in favor of or against OA appear in the literature during that time across the three nations? 3) How have arguments about OA changed from 2000 to 2005 in the three nations? By examining librarians’ attitudes, arguments, and concerns, this study identifies some of the facilitators and barriers that could influence the acceptance of OA across different cultures. The findings will be of use to scholars, practitioners, and publishers involved in promoting OA or other new forms of scholarly publishing.

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