OCLC Research has released Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination.
Here's an excerpt from the announcement:
Key highlights include:
- As the scholarly record continues to evolve, conscious coordination will become an important organizing principle for stewardship models.
- Past stewardship models were built on an "invisible hand" approach that relied on the uncoordinated, institution-scale efforts of individual academic libraries acting autonomously to maintain local collections.
- Future stewardship of the evolving scholarly record requires conscious coordination of context, commitments, specialization, and reciprocity.
- With conscious coordination, local stewardship efforts leverage scale by collecting more of less.
- Keys to conscious coordination include right-scaling consolidation, cooperation, and community mix.
- Reducing transaction costs and building trust facilitate conscious coordination.
- Incentives to participate in cooperative stewardship activities should be linked to broader institutional priorities.