KAUST Library Outreach Lecture 2020 was held
KAUST Library outreach lecture 2020 was presented by Dr. Rafael Ball, director of the ETH Library Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland on the topic "Transformation of the publication system: Open Access, Open Science and new techniques in scholarly communication" on 6th February 2020 at University Library, Sea View Room. He pointed out that scholarly communication has experienced three greater paradigm shifts within the past 2500 years, and the recent transformations will have a lasting impact on scholarly communication and business models. He emphasized that the key functions of a publication is changing with new forms of knowledge dissemination such as Open Access and Open Science and libraries are challenged with new business models and new forms of research publications.
About the speaker:
Dr. Ball has been Director of ETH Library Zurich, Switzerland, since March 2015. He holds doctorates in biology and science history and studied biology, Slavonic studies and philosophy at the Universities of Mainz, Warsaw and Moscow. He completed a two-year postgraduate qualification as scientific librarian in 1996 and was head of Central Library in the Research Center Jülich, Germany from 1996 to 2008 and Director of the University Library of Regensburg from 2008 to 2015. He has written and edited numerous publications and is a dedicated speaker and lecturer at various universities. His main work and research interests are the library of the future, science communication and the role of the printed book in the digital age.