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Why do we need to be aware of these disruptive influences on the Scholarly Communications environment?

  • There are philosophical issues about the openess of scholarly work.
  • There are intellectual property issues involved as copyright is reconsidered.
  • There are significant financial implications depending upon how materials are peer-reviewed and distributed.
  • There are regulatory and legal implications based upon agency and sponsor expectations and conditions.

Who needs to be involved in these conversations?

  • authors, editors, peer-reviewers, publishers, societies (who rely on publication revenue), administrators, and librarians.

What are the next steps?

  • Document the current trends, requirements, proposals, and options.
  • Discuss the immediate and long-term implications of these actions on students, scholars, and institutions.
  • Develop institutional policies and practices, and provide required infrastructures for compliance.
  • Maintain awareness of new developments.

 

The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit provides content and context on a broad range of relevant topics.


A recent example of the de-stabalization of the current business model is The American Library Association (ALA) denounces the new library ebook lending model announced today by Macmillan Publishers. Under the new model, a library may purchase one copy upon release of a new title in ebook format, after which the publisher will impose an eight-week embargo on additional copies of that title sold to libraries.


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                        David Stern, Library Director, Saint Xavier University

 

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