Matthew Ismail

Editor in Chief of the Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals; Conference Director at the Charleston Conference, Charleston Conference; ATG Media

About Matthew Ismail

I work extensively with the Charleston Conference, both as editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and as a Conference Director. I worked for 20 some years as an academic librarian specializing in collection development, including six year stints in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and Cairo, Egypt.

I do regular podcasts for ATG The Podcast ( and contribute to conversations on scholarly communication, open access, technology in scholarly communication, startups, and library collection development.

I also teach meditation, especially yoga nidra and other forms of sitting meditation related to yoga. My website is

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Recent Comments

Sep 14, 2020

Certainly, this is an example of the need for a focus, not just on changing journals to an OA model, but also to paying attention to the myriad issues that are not addressed when people talk about publishing as if it is only posting articles on the internet.

Aug 18, 2020

It will be interesting to see the impact of transitional models such as read and publish on the library market. Since these deals only work with institutions with high publishing volume, and smaller universities with less publishing activity are suffering from deep budget crises and are canceling journal subscriptions and packages as a result, it seems that publishers are taking a short-term view: protect their relationships with their strongest customers and allow the smaller fry to whither slowly away. Since the small fry don't contribute enough via Gold OA to bother with and publishers can no longer count on the volume of subscriptions from the smaller fry, they prefer to consolidate their productive relationship in the short term via read and publish deals with the bigger players and just allow smaller fry to submit articles to the subscriptions journals. It's hard to see how this tactic can work in the longer term...