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Openness is not enough: Dismantling structural inequities on our quest for public knowledge

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The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) was started in 1998 to equalize access to scholarly research and has since succeeded in enabling the publication of over 25,000 journals worldwide, most of which are open access and many of which are located in the global south. However, when anti-black racism came to the forefront of public discourse in 2020, PKP looked internally and realized that in other ways it reproduces and enforces the structural inequities of the Canadian scholarly publishing community and IT industry.
PKP immediately formed an internal Equity and Inclusion Team (EI Team) to reflect on our practices and drive changes that address inequities and racial injustice. Our goal is to improve organizational transparency and prioritize the inclusion and experiences of members of equity-deserving groups within PKP, its decision-making processes and leadership, and its community.
This conference presentation from the 2022 Library Publishing Forum reflects on the Team’s various initiatives, including a staff survey to assess demographics and experiences, recommendations to increase employment equity and organizational transparency, a community Code of Conduct, and hiring practices to increase diversity. It discusses the outcomes of the team's work so far, their goals for the future, challenges encountered, and how they can direct this work to increase PKP's accountability and strengthen our contribution to the global scholarly publishing community.
Presentation from the 2022 Library Publishing Forum conference.
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