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ERIC Number: ED500889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing
Hahn, Karla L.
Association of Research Libraries
A 2007 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) survey indicates that research libraries are rapidly developing publishing services: 65 percent of 80 responding ARL member libraries currently deliver or are in processing of planning these services. Established journal titles dominate this emerging publishing sector and are the main drivers of service development, although new titles are also being produced. In the search for transformative approaches to scholarly publishing, research library publishing programs are intentionally exploring the boundaries of what program managers conceptualize as a service core. The challenge is to provide the basic service suite by reallocating resources, partnering, seeking synergies with related services, and developing modest revenue streams. Libraries are focusing on the capabilities and possibilities of new models rather than duplicating or automating traditional models. At the same time, they seek to identify the most promising new kinds of services that are needed to support authors and editors. Following the survey, publishing program managers at ten institutions participated in semi-structured interviews to delve more deeply into several aspects of service development: the sources and motivations for service launch, the range of publishing services, and relationships with partners. The question is no longer whether libraries should offer publishing services, but what kinds of services libraries will offer. Three appendixes are included: (1) Study Design: Data Gathering Instruments and Response Rates; (2) Research Library Publishing Services and University Presses; and (3) Synergies: Building National Infrastructure for Canadian Scholarly Publishing (reprint). (Contains 15 endnotes, 7 figures, and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.