Why do we need to be aware of these disruptive influences on the Scholarly Communications environment?
Who needs to be involved in these conversations?
What are the next steps?
The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit provides content and context on a broad range of relevant topics.
The Case for an Institutionally Owned Knowledge Infrastructure. Discusses the many bottlenecks that the commercial monopoly on research information dissemination has created, and suggests possibilities for better options if the research community takes back the underlying infrastructure.
Discussion document describing the predatory publishing phenomenon, in which journal publishers provide questionable value journals for profit motives.
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