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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 5E: Who’s Faster, a Pirate or a Librarian?

Stakeholder Voices
Concurrent 5E: Who’s Faster, a Pirate or a Librarian? Sci-Hub, #icanhazPDF, Alternative Access Methods, and the Lessons for Publishers and their Customers (This session will be included in the SSP Virtual Meeting)

STM publishers have traditionally sold subscriptions and licenses to libraries as the go-to place for information, but social media and the deep web have presented library users with other access options. If gaps grow between what publishers and libraries offer and what users want and need, a variety of problems can arise, as exemplified by the now widespread usage of Sci-Hub. Publishers need to support and understand librarians who play an essential role as advocates and trainers for information literacy, as well as guardians of content. Content piracy threatens every link in the scholarly communication chain, from publishers through librarians to the end-user. This session will discuss the latest outside-the-library access methods for STM content and the reasons why some users prefer them.

Moderator: Jan Peterson, Reprints Desk


Gabriel Gardner, California State University
Gabriel J. Gardner is the librarian for criminal justice, linguistics, and Romance, German, and Russian languages & literatures at California State University Long Beach. A graduate of Indiana University, he has been working in libraries since 2008 with experience in public, college, and archival settings. His research interests include scholarly communication in the broadest sense, intellectual freedom, and the effectiveness of library privacy efforts. His work has been discussed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Library Journal.
Scott Ahlberg, Reprints Desk
Scott Ahlberg has decades of experience in content businesses, starting with Dynamic Information (EbscoDoc) in the 1980s, to Executive Vice President at Infotrieve, and now COO at Reprints Desk. He has expertise in strategic planning, operational innovation, copyright and content licensing, and quality management. Mr. Ahlberg has degrees from Stanford University (BA, 1984) and the University of London (MA, 1990).
Georgios Papadopoulos, Atypon
Georgios is the founder and CEO of Atypon, the largest scholarly publishing technology company in the world. Its SaaS online publishing platform hosts 40% of all English-language journals. Prior to founding Atypon in 1996, he developed the software that enabled the Journal of Biological Chemistry to become the first scientific journal published on the web. After 20 years of continuous growth Wiley acquired Atypon in September of 2016. Georgios continues to lead the company under the new ownership. A Fulbright Scholar, he earned a BS in mathematics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a PhD in computer science from New York University.