Serials Librarian – New issue on Grey Literature (building on the SOCRS 2019 satellite conference)

We are excited to bring you this Special Issue devoted to Grey Literature, published in the journal The Serials Librarian.

The idea for the issue emerged after a very successful satellite meeting “Grey Literature: Scholarly Communication in a Digital Age” of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 85th World Library and Information Conference (WLIC) held in Athens, Greece on August 23, 2019. The satellite meeting was jointly sponsored by the Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) and the National Library Section of IFLA. SOCRS decided to create an expanded publication related to Grey Literature since there was obviously considerable interest and activity surrounding the topic area. Margaret Mering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a member of the SOCRS committee agreed to co-edit the issue with Sharon Dyas-Correia from the University of Oxford, Editor-In-Chief, The Serials Librarian and a member of the SOCRS committee.

This special issue begins with “Resourcefully: Grey Matters” written by regular columnist Lindsay Cronk who presents a thought-provoking view of grey literature and how libraries can learn from past mistakes in supporting and preserving independent open access publishing in the future. The articles that follow are grouped around the following three themes: types of grey literature, issues related to grey literature and how libraries around the globe are dealing with grey literature.

You can find the articles in Volume 79, Issue 3-4 (2020).  Abstracts are free to read. Full access for most articles requires a subscription or purchase.