Library publishing programs help libraries more actively participate in the scholarly communications cycle, advance open access, and meet local needs related to the creation and dissemination of scholarship. PALNI’s Library Publishing Task Force recently wrapped up its exploration of this emerging consortial service area and prepared a report to discuss its findings and recommendations. Read and download the report here: PALNI Library Publishing Task Force Report
From Heather Staines in The Scholarly Kitchen:
From May 8 to 10th of this year, about two hundred librarians, publishers, and all flavors in between gathered at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver for the 6th annual Library Publishing Coalition Forum. The Pre-Conference on Wednesday, May 8th, focused on Open Educational Resources, had about 90 attendees. The open theme carried over into the main event with presentations on open publishing platforms of many kinds.
Increased interest in open platforms and open tools has grown after continuing industry consolidation of hosting and authoring tools — namely, Wiley’s acquisition of the Atypon platform and the latter’s subsequent purchase of the Authoria and Manuscript tools, along with Elsevier’s shift in emphasis on the researcher workflow with acquisitions of the Mendeley Scholarly Collaboration Network, Aries’ Editorial Manager, and the institutional repository provider, Bepress. Many posts here in the Scholarly Kitchen have focused on this trend and highlighted concern of vendor lock-in, as well as smaller publisher concerns of being “locked out.”
From Nicole C. Eva and Tara A. Wiebe in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication:
“Looking for ways to increase deposits into their institutional repository (IR), researchers at one institution started to mine academic social networks (ASNs) (namely, ResearchGate and Academia.edu) to discover which researchers might already be predisposed to providing open access to their work. METHODS Researchers compared the numbers of institutionally affiliated faculty members appearing in the ASNs to those appearing in their institutional repositories. They also looked at how these numbers compared to overall faculty numbers.”
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PALNI has released a public white paper addressing our collaborative IR project.
PALNI’s Executive Director, Scholarly Communications Director, and Institutional Repository Task Force have examined closely the IR landscape and platform options for a cost-effective repository suitable for the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) consortium. As
a product of this investigation and by pursuing cooperative relationships with other consortia, PALNI has two projects using the platforms Hyku and Islandora. These are the two solutions we’ve deemed most viable and most closely matching our guiding vision and values. We envision the Islandora project will be ready for production in the FY19 year.
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Source: PALNI IR White Paper
From Jill Cirasella and Polly Thistlethwaite in the Author’s Alliance Latest News:
For years, we have encouraged researchers at our institution, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, to consider the benefits—for others, themselves, and their fields of study—of making their scholarship available open access. In doing so, we have found allies, some already committed to open access and some newly swayed by our arguments.
But, like many librarians advocating openness, we have also met resistance—disinclination to make time to upload works to repositories, confusion about variations among publishers’ policies regarding authors’ rights, certainty that niche work has no broader audience, concern about the viability of scholarly societies in an open-access world, etc.
Source: Researching Rumors About Open Access Dissertations | Authors Alliance
We have opened the General Issue for Volume 7 of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC), and have published 7 new articles. JLSC invites new submissions to the journal – please see the author guidelines for details.
- Online Safety and Academic Scholarship: Exploring Researchers’ Concerns from Ghana (Kodjo Atiso and Jenna Kammer)
- Data Management Practices in Academic Library Learning Analytics: A Critical Review (Kristin A. Briney)
- Strategies for Supporting OER Adoption through Faculty and Instructor Use of a Federated Search Tool (Talea Anderson and Chelsea Leachman)
- When a Repository Is Not Enough: Redesigning a Digital Ecosystem to Serve Scholarly Communication (Robin R. Sewell, Sarah Potvin, Pauline Melgoza, James Silas Creel, Jeremy T. Huff, Gregory T. Bailey, John Bondurant, Sean Buckner, Anton R. duPlessis, Lisa Furubotten, Julie A. Mosbo Ballestro, Ian W. Muise, and Brian J. Wright)
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From Melanie Schlosser in Library Trends:
Library publishing is both a growing area of interest in academic
libraries and an increasingly visible subfield of scholarly publishing.
This article introduces the field of library publishing—and the opportunities and values that make it unique—from the perspective of
the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). The LPC is an independent,
community-led membership association of academic and research
libraries and library consortia engaged in scholarly publishing, and
it is the only professional association dedicated to this emerging area
of librarianship. In its first five years, LPC has produced a robust
set of resources to support library publishers, including the annual
Library Publishing Forum, the annual Library Publishing Directory,
and a variety of freely available professional development resources.
It has also built a strong community of members and an extended
network of affiliates. This paper presents and contextualizes these
accomplishments and shares new developments and future directions
for the Library Publishing Coalition.
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From Melanie Schlosser and Catherine Mitchell in the LPC Blog:
“Academy-owned” seems to be the descriptor du jour in scholarly communications circles. We talk increasingly about academy-owned infrastructure, academy-owned publishing, academy-owned publications, etc. We find ourselves at meetings and conferences where we explore the challenges of supporting new forms of scholarly research, new modes of publication, new communities of readers — and there it is again — “academy-owned,” lurking in the conversation. We write grants whose very premise is that the academy will rise to claim its rightful place as the source, the maker, the distributor, the curator of its greatest asset — knowledge. There is definitely a movement afoot.
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From Roger C. Schonfeld via the Scholarly Kitchen:
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From Melanie Schlosser via the Library Publishing Coalition:
“As much as we love the searchable online interface for the Library Publishing Directory, it doesn’t include the introduction found in the print, PDF, and EPUB versions. Each year, the Directory‘s introduction includes a ‘state of the field’ based on that year’s data that highlights trends and new developments in library publishing as reported by the programs that contribute their information. To make it easier to find, we are republishing that portion of the introduction here. This year’s introduction was written by Alexandra Hoff, Jessica Kirschner, Janet Swatscheno, and Robert Browder, with an assist from me. Enjoy!”
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