Entries from November 2007 ↓

ACRL invites comment on scholarly communication research agenda

CHICAGO – A new report by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) explores the gaps in our understanding of the ways that scholars create and share new knowledge. The report lays out a preliminary research agenda for creating greater understanding of the rapidly evolving system of scholarly communication – the way research results and new knowledge are registered, evaluated for quality, disseminated and preserved. Meaningful research about the system of scholarly communication will inform strategic planning for scholarly communication programs.

The white paper, “Establishing a Research Agenda for Scholarly Communication: A Call for Community Engagement,” encourages academics, librarians and their key partners to gather more data on practices that both enable and inhibit the production of scholarship and its communication. The report identifies eight themes, with research possibilities in each area.

The paper resulted from a one-day invitational meeting in July 2007 to collectively brainstorm the evidence needed to manage and influence the changing environment. Attendees included representatives from ACRL, the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Coalition for Networked Information, Ithaka, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). ACRL scholarly communication committee co-chairs John Ober of the University of California and Joyce Ogburn of the University of Utah convened the meeting and discuss the report at http://blogs.ala.org/acrlpodcast.php.

The document is available online for public comment at http://www.acrl.ala.org/scresearchagenda. Please submit comments that:

  • Refine or expand the need for research, important issues and possible projects.

  • Identify additional articles and reports that collectively form a knowledge base from which the research agenda emerges more clearly.

  • Suggest ways to conduct the research.

  • Volunteer to participate or collaborate in a specific research initiative.

  • Propose additional avenues of distribution for the report.

Confidential comments may be emailed to John Ober at John.Ober@ucop.edu or Joyce Ogburn at Joyce.Ogburn@utah.edu.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

SPARC and ACRL release materials on the progress of open-access journal publishing

CHICAGO    -  The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), have released interviews and analysis exploring in depth the views of three major open-access publishers on the challenges of sustainability. The materials were produced in conjunction with the 15th SPARC-ACRL Forum on Emerging Issues in Scholarly Communication, which took place on June 23.

The Forum, which is held at every meeting of the American Library Association, offered participants the opportunity to engage in conversation with top executives from the three organizations. Speakers included Mark Patterson, director of publishing for the Public Library of Science; Bryan Vickery, deputy publisher for BioMed Central and Editorial Director for Chemistry Central; and Paul Peters, director of business development for Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Alma Swan, of Key Perspectives Ltd., moderated the session. Podcasts and slides from the event are now available at http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/ala07.

The new materials offer a deeper level of insight into the three publishers’ business models and include:

  • Interviews (in podcast and written formats) with each executive exploring each organization’s approach in detail.

  • A matrix comparison of the publishers’ views on 11 aspects of maintaining their operations, including: the financial viability of the company; the basis for charging publication fees; new and traditional impact factors; and the role of institutional memberships in the business model.

These tools for campus outreach were produced for SPARC and ACRL by Alma Swan of Key Perspectives Ltd. and may be downloaded through http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/ala07 .


For more information, visit the SPARC Web site at http://www.arl.org/sparc/forum or the ACRL Web site at
   http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlissues/scholarlycomm/scholarlycommunication.cfm.

 

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/ .

 

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.