Sunday, June 8, 2008

Scholarly Communication Innovations Highlighted in ARL Bimonthly Report

The June 2008 issue of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Bimonthly Report (258) focuses on innovative approaches to scholarly communication. In the article Managing Copyright for NIH Public Access: Strategies to Ensure Compliance Kevin L. Smith considers strategies that might be employed by individuals and institutions to manage copyright requirements for the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy. In another article, Research Library Publishing Services: New Options for University Publishing and New Roles for Libraries , Karla L. Hahn focuses on the new role libraries are playing in producing scholarly journals. She makes the important point that

Publishing services will require substantial institutional support to thrive. Research libraries have the will and wherewithal to start service development, but it will require broader commitment of institutional resources, almost surely requiring new resources from institutional leadership, to build effective capacity. The time is also ripe for library leadership and increasingly for campus leadership to give thoughtful consideration to the potential, the goals, the resource needs, and the value of investing in and fostering this rapidly evolving mode of university publishing. The question is no longer whether libraries should offer publishing services, but what kinds of services will libraries offer.

It is important to point out that BC Libraries are currently producing/sponsoring four peer reviewed open access journals:

ARL’s Bimonthly Report also has the following articles:

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