This summer, Vox had a nice summary of the state of open access publishing and the tug of war between libraries and publishers.
It concludes that:
"So for now, the revolution is just beginning. 'Everyone agrees, in some way, the future is open access,' UVA’s Butler says. 'Now the question is, in that future, how much control do the big publishers retain over every step in the scientific process? They’ve been working for over a decade to ensure the answer is the most possible control.'
Academic publishing isn’t a hot-button political topic. But it could be. 'If citizens really cared, they could talk to their representatives and senators and tell them open access matters,' MacKie-Mason says, 'and the government should get involved in changing this.' "