Barbara Fister Highlights Open Folklore in an Essay on the Future of Libraries
In an essay reflecting on the future of Libraries, written for Library Journal ("The Shock of the Old"), Barbara Fister has highlighted Open Folklore as one of many signs pointing to the kind of future that librarians and scholars want to build together. She writes:
I am encouraged by the launch of new platforms like PressForward and PressBooks and Annotum that seem to be popping up everywhere, creative and simple engines for publishing in new ways. I’m excited by Open Folklore and Invisible Australians and other projects that see openness as a feature, not a bug. Just as traditional publishers are gearing up for a digital future that limits access artificially to protect profits, innovative scholars are dreaming up new ways to share academic work.
Barbara has been one of the closest observers of the Open Folklore project. Her encouragement and feedback, especially in the context of her larger surveys of what is happening in libraries and scholarly communication have been invaluable. Her regular essays for Library Journal and Inside Higher Education are a major resource.