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Once upon a time, the world was simpler. Publishers published and libraries collected a lot of what publishers published. Nothing is so simple any more. Now everybody’s a publisher—including librarians. A whirl of buzz and excitement surrounds a growing assumption that publishing is in some way and to some extent a critical function for the library of the future. Read more…
The aim was to better understand this emerging sphere of library activity and its possible future in the scholarly communication and publishing sphere. Get the PDF…
Findings around how academic library users view online resources and services. This report details the findings of a survey of users at seven UK academic libraries. Over 4,000 responses were collected between November 2014 and February 2015. Read more…
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Context…………………… 3
2. Headline Findings….. 3
3. Data Analysis………… 4
4. The Respondents…… 5
5. Where Users Access Library Services…… 5
6 . What Users Think Of Their Institutional Library’s Online Services…… 7
7. How Users Discover And Use Electronic Resources……… 7
8. What Users Need To Do With The Online Resources That They Access…… 8
9. What Users Think Would Make Content Easier To Use…….. 9
10. How Users Imagine The Online Library Could Become More Useful….. 10
11. How Libraries Can Assist In The Making Research Content Easier To Access……. 10
12. Free-Text Responses……. 11
13. My Ideal Online Library In 2020……. 15
Appendix : Online Library Services Survey Instrument….. 19
The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management.
The Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management was set up in April 2014 to investigate the current and potential future roles that quantitative indicators can play in the assessment and management of research. Its report, ‘The Metric Tide’, was published in July 2015 and is available below.
The review was chaired by James Wilsdon, professor of science and democracy at the University of Sussex, supported by an independent and multidisciplinary group of experts in scientometrics, research funding, research policy, publishing, university management and research administration. Through 15 months of consultation and evidence-gathering, the review looked in detail at the potential uses and limitations of research metrics and indicators, exploring the use of metrics within institutions and across disciplines. Read…
A quiet culture war in research libraries – and what it means for librarians, researchers and publishers.
There is a growing rift between those who believe the library’s most fundamental purpose is to support and advance the goals of its host institution and those who believe the library’s most important role is as an agent of progress and reform in the larger world of scholarly communication. Although these two areas of endeavor are not mutually exclusive, they are in competition for scarce resources and the choices made between them have serious implications at both the micro level (for the patrons and institutions served by each library) and the macro level (for members of the larger academic community).
The tension between these two worldviews is creating friction within librarianship itself: as tightening budgets increasingly force us to choose between worthy programs and projects, there is growing conflict between those whose choices reflect one worldview and those who hold to the other. How this conflict plays out over the next few years may have significant implications for the scholars who depend on libraries for access to research content and for the publishers and other vendors for whom libraries are a core customer base.
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The dynamic nature of the scholarly communication landscape has produced a need for the creation of positions specifically focused on these issues. Yet, no clear title or job description for scholarly communication librarianship has emerged. The lack of standardization in this area is problematic for educators,
professionals, and prospective professionals. Read…
Here is power point on SlideShare done by Lorcan Dempsey & Constance Malpas, OCLC. The power point introduces ways of developing your collection and moving away from the tradition library to a more, share, service driven and online collection. More…