Walt Crawford has done something difficult and useful. He's written a short, accurate, independent introduction to open access. I recommend it to researchers and libraries everywhere, and hope it corrects misunderstandings that have held back this good idea for years. --Peter Suber, Faculty Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University and Senior Researcher, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
"A first-rate introduction to OA. It should be required reading for all librarians so that they become familiar with the OA movement and can provide to anyone not just scholars widespread and unrestricted access to OA scholarly literature. With his insightful summary of this widening and complex field, Crawford offers a resource that will help readers gain a better understanding of what OA is and provide details regarding the issues and controversies surrounding the OA movement." --Internet Reference Services Quarterly
About the Author
Walt Crawford is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media. Author of numerous books, articles, and columns, Crawford is also the creator, writer and publisher of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, an ejournal on the intersections of libraries, policy, technology and media published monthly since 2001. He maintains a blog on these and other issues, Walt at Random.