In the presentation, Char Booth will address the concept that open access has had a huge impact on publishing and scholarly communication, yet who you are, what you earn, and how you research still create serious barriers to information availability. Char will examine open access through the perspective of information privilege, highlighting actions libraries and allied organizations can take to reduce access inequities in pursuit of social and economic justice. The event will be held at OCLC’s global headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, and attendees have the option to attend virtually or in-person. Check the event website for registration information


About Char Booth

A self-described early riser, oceanite, and devotee of critical reflective practice, Char Booth explores the intersection of pedagogy, advocacy, and design in libraries. Char is Associate Dean of the University Library at California State University San Marcos, an institution with a strong commitment to social justice and traditionally underrepresented learners. Char was previously the Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library and has held positions at the University of California at Berkeley and Ohio University. A faculty member of the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Institute, Char’s publications include the Ilene F. Rockman Award-winning Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educators (ALA Editions) and Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies (ACRL).

About the Distinguished Seminar Series

OCLC Research established the Distinguished Seminar Series in 1978 to encourage the sharing of thought leadership around topics that effect the ever-evolving world of librarianship and information sharing. As a program of the OCLC Research Library Partnership, we invite distinguished professionals to our headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, to give presentations on topics of current interest. Speakers may discuss recently completed or early-stage research that they have undertaken or report other types of professional activity. Some topics align closely with our current research directions, while others represent areas of interest to the library and information science community that are not formally being studied by our researchers.