Open Access and the future of academic libraries

At the symposium "Zukunft wissenschaftlicher Bibliotheken?!" ("The Future of Academic Libraries?!"), Dr Dietrich Nelle - among other things, executive of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), co-author of the paper "Bibliotheken 2025" ("Libraries2025") and author of Open Password - spoke about the current challenges libraries and the academic community are facing: Open Access and digitisation.

Dr Nelle believes that the best possible quality of provision, the best possible visibility of existing knowledge and the best possible basis for the creation of new knowledge are what Open Access publications offer. In this context, he points to current achievements - such as the DEAL contract with Wiley - and measures taken by the BMBF - such as the establishment of the open-access.network competence and networking centre. The aim is to have 70 per cent of all scientific journals published in open access by 2025.