Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2015

Publication Title

Art Libraries Journal

Volume

40

Issue

4

First Page

4

Last Page

7

Abstract

There are many arguments for the necessity of open access, scholarship that is freely available online; however, many of these arguments do not apply to art scholarship—is it then still necessary to change the publishing model? I argue that it is; the high price of access to traditional publications closes art scholarship to all but privileged Western academics. Open access is key to creating a globally integrated community of art scholars and reengaging the public in art discourse. Librarians can help facilitate a scholarship that is accessible to all.

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