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   December 7, 2021. I'm stepping down as Director of the [https://library.harvard.edu/ Harvard Library] [https://osc.hul.harvard.edu/ Office for Scholarly Communication]. But I'm staying at Harvard and continuing my work for open access to research. First (January 2022) I'll shift from directing and managing the OSC to the ''pro bono'' consulting and advising I previously did alongside my regular work. My new title will be Senior Advisor on Open Access. Second (July 2022) I'll shift from full-time to half-time. I asked for this arrangement and thank the library for agreeing to it. — [[Peter Suber]]
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* On January 1, 2022, I stepped down as Director of the [https://library.harvard.edu/ Harvard Library] [https://osc.hul.harvard.edu/ Office for Scholarly Communication]. But I'm still at Harvard and still working for open access to research. My work now consists entirely of the ''pro bono'' consulting I previously did alongside my other work (details below). My new title is [https://library.harvard.edu/staff/peter-suber Senior Advisor on Open Access]. <!-- hoap section on my consulting
 
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* On July 1, 2022, I shifted from full-time to half-time.
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* I asked for this arrangement and thank the library for agreeing to it.
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* See the [https://staff.library.harvard.edu/blog/hlhcl-strategic-organizational-review-update-open-scholarship Harvard Library announcement] and my [https://twitter.com/petersuber/status/1468326779257442305 Twitter announcement], both from December 7, 2021.
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* I'm still far from ready to retire to zero!
  
&#8199;&#8199; See the [https://staff.library.harvard.edu/blog/hlhcl-strategic-organizational-review-update-open-scholarship Harvard Library announcement] and my [https://twitter.com/petersuber/status/1468326779257442305 Twitter announcement].
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&#8199;&#8199; For two decades I've done ''pro bono'' consulting on open access and related topics, for example, with universities, libraries, funders, scholarly societies, publishers, government agencies, tool-builders, start-ups, projects, and individual researchers. I advise on OA policies, strategies, practices, and answers to frequently heard questions, objections, and misunderstandings.  
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&#8199;&#8199; For more than two decades I've done ''pro bono'' consulting on open access and related topics, for example, with universities, libraries, funders, scholarly societies, publishers, government agencies, nonprofit advocacy groups, tool-builders, start-ups, projects, and individual researchers. I advise on OA policies, strategies, practices, infrastructure, and answers to frequently heard questions, objections, and misunderstandings.  
  
&#8199;&#8199; I've done this kind of consulting under grants since 2001. First I did it as a philosophy professor on sabbatical, then as freelancer living on grants, then as a fellow at the [https://cyber.harvard.edu/ Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society]. The grants paid for my time so that I could give time freely to OA initiatives in need of help. For these grants I thank the [https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/ Open Society Foundations] (2001-2009), [https://wellcome.ac.uk/ Wellcome Trust] (2007-2009), [http://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/ Arcadia Fund] (2011-2016), and [http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/ Laura and John Arnold Foundation] (2016-2018).  
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&#8199;&#8199; I've done this kind of consulting under grants since 2001. First I did it as a philosophy professor on sabbatical, then as freelancer living on grants, then as a fellow at the [https://cyber.harvard.edu/ Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society]. The grants paid for my time so that I could give time freely to OA initiatives that wanted my help. For these grants I thank the [https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/ Open Society Foundations] (2001-2009), [https://wellcome.ac.uk/ Wellcome Trust] (2007-2009), [http://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/ Arcadia Fund] (2011-2016), and [http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/ Laura and John Arnold Foundation] (2016-2018).  
  
&#8199;&#8199; From 2013-2018 I worked half-time directing the Office for Scholarly Communication, based in Harvard Library, and half-time running the grant-funded [https://cyber.harvard.edu/hoap/Main_Page Harvard Open Access Project], based at the Berkman Klein Center. In 2018 I let the HOAP grants expire and began working full-time in the library running the OSC. (Basically, my two half-time jobs had become two full-time jobs and I needed to retreat to one full-time job.) That could have meant giving up my grant-funded consulting. But as soon as I came full-time into the library, it encouraged me to continue my external consulting on work time. That was Phase 1 of a remarkable arrangement. When I shift to half-time in July 2022, the library will continue to support my external consulting, augmented by internal consulting and direct advising to Martha Whitehead (Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian) on the same issues. That's Phase 2 of a remarkable arrangement, and I'm very grateful.
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&#8199;&#8199; From 2013-2018 I worked half-time directing the Office for Scholarly Communication, based in Harvard Library, and half-time running the grant-funded [https://cyber.harvard.edu/hoap/Main_Page Harvard Open Access Project], based at the Berkman Klein Center. In 2018 I let the HOAP grants expire and began working full-time in the library running the OSC. (Basically, my two half-time jobs had become two full-time jobs and I needed to retreat to one full-time job.) That could have meant giving up my grant-funded consulting. But as soon as I came full-time into the library, it encouraged me to continue my external consulting on work time. That was Phase 1 of a remarkable arrangement. When I shifted to half-time in July 2022, the library continued to support my external consulting, augmented by internal consulting and direct advising to Martha Whitehead (Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian) on the same issues. That's Phase 2 of a remarkable arrangement, and I'm very grateful.
 
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&#8199;&#8199;&#8199; I'll continue my affiliation with the Berkman Klein Center.
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&#8199;&#8199;&#8199; I'll continue my affiliation with the Berkman Klein Center, and continue as director of the Berkman-based Harvard Open Access Project.
  
  

Latest revision as of 17:06, 16 September 2022

I'm in the middle of a phased retirement:

  • On January 1, 2022, I stepped down as Director of the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication. But I'm still at Harvard and still working for open access to research. My work now consists entirely of the pro bono consulting I previously did alongside my other work (details below). My new title is Senior Advisor on Open Access.
  • On July 1, 2022, I shifted from full-time to half-time.
  • On September 1, 2022, I shifted from a mix of remote and on-campus work to all-remote work.
  • I asked for this arrangement and thank the library for agreeing to it.
  • See the Harvard Library announcement and my Twitter announcement, both from December 7, 2021.
  • I'm still far from ready to retire to zero!

   — Peter Suber




   For more than two decades I've done pro bono consulting on open access and related topics, for example, with universities, libraries, funders, scholarly societies, publishers, government agencies, nonprofit advocacy groups, tool-builders, start-ups, projects, and individual researchers. I advise on OA policies, strategies, practices, infrastructure, and answers to frequently heard questions, objections, and misunderstandings.

   I've done this kind of consulting under grants since 2001. First I did it as a philosophy professor on sabbatical, then as freelancer living on grants, then as a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. The grants paid for my time so that I could give time freely to OA initiatives that wanted my help. For these grants I thank the Open Society Foundations (2001-2009), Wellcome Trust (2007-2009), Arcadia Fund (2011-2016), and Laura and John Arnold Foundation (2016-2018).

   From 2013-2018 I worked half-time directing the Office for Scholarly Communication, based in Harvard Library, and half-time running the grant-funded Harvard Open Access Project, based at the Berkman Klein Center. In 2018 I let the HOAP grants expire and began working full-time in the library running the OSC. (Basically, my two half-time jobs had become two full-time jobs and I needed to retreat to one full-time job.) That could have meant giving up my grant-funded consulting. But as soon as I came full-time into the library, it encouraged me to continue my external consulting on work time. That was Phase 1 of a remarkable arrangement. When I shifted to half-time in July 2022, the library continued to support my external consulting, augmented by internal consulting and direct advising to Martha Whitehead (Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian) on the same issues. That's Phase 2 of a remarkable arrangement, and I'm very grateful.

    I'll continue my affiliation with the Berkman Klein Center, and continue as director of the Berkman-based Harvard Open Access Project.



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