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1 ARL 1 Library Publishing Services: New Opportunities for Research Libraries Karla Hahn ARL Office of Scholarly Communication ARL May Membership Meeting May 21, pm

2 ARL 2 ARL Member Survey September and October of members responded (response rate 65%)

3 ARL 3 Follow-up interviews with program managers Semi-structured interviews 10 publishing program managers Cohort presented diverse program characteristics Especially programs reporting: »explicit business planning »partnerships with university presses

4 ARL 4 Research Libraries Offering Publishing Services

5 ARL 5 Types of Materials Libraries are Publishing

6 ARL 6 Library-published journals frequently are: Electronic only Peer reviewed Open Access Previously published by another mechanism Humanities titles

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8 8 Software Used for Publishing Services

9 ARL 9 The Basic Service Suite Hosting and application management Advice and consultation Workflow management

10 ARL 10 Funding Sources: Present and Future

11 ARL 11 Other Publishing-related Services

12 ARL 12 Presence of campus or system presses Partnerships with local university presses

13 ARL 13 Partnerships other than university presses

14 ARL 14 The publishing landscape New opportunities Growing gaps in traditional systems

15 ARL 15 New opportunities New strategies for dissemination New kinds of works New tools for collaboration New awareness of copyright management

16 ARL 16 Growing gaps in the traditional system Challenges of moving into electronic publishing Difficulty of moving out of print publishing Revenue-based publication models cannot meet the needs of many small fields Subscription models are working less and less well for smaller publishers over time.

17 ARL 17 A common narrative for service development Campus demand Open source applications Synergies with other activities

18 ARL 18 Service-based or content-based publishing? At its core, a change in business models has the potential to fundamentally redefine the scholarly publishing industry by replacing the content-provider model that has traditionally defined scholarly publishers with a new service-provider model. Redefining Scholarly Publishing as a Service Industry Paul Peters 2007 JEP

19 ARL 19 Library publishing services Service - based approach. Does not rely on content control Synergize with other investments libraries are making Leverage many opportunities for partnership Focus on necessary services for publishing Build on open source infrastructure

20 ARL 20 State of service development

21 ARL 21 Looking ahead Growth More titles Broader range of disciplines More sources of support More planned transition of established publications

22 ARL 22 Key questions Support for broader information sharing Leveraging the evolving service suite Further application development Fostering new kinds of collaborations Longer term business planning Building university support

23 ARL 23 The university perspective University publishing has been decentralized Investments are generally local Little expertise is built Little synergy with other activities

24 ARL 24 University presses Largely outside the university infrastructure Focused publishing programs Revenue driven Tradition of competition rather than collaboration Slow to build expertise in digital scholarly communication

25 ARL 25 Creating opportunities for university publishing Libraries have done a great deal with very modest investments Campus entities are turning to libraries for publishing services Libraries are open to partnerships and creative in constructing them

26 ARL 26 What will, or should, the future scholarly communications system look like? First, every university that produces research should have a publishing strategy. “University Publishing in a Digital Age” Ithaka Report, 2007

27 ARL 27 The question is no longer whether libraries should offer publishing services, but what kinds of services libraries will offer.


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