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"Libraries, Scholars, and Publishers in Digital Journal and Monograph Publishing"

Posted in E-Books, Libraries, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on October 22nd, 2012

Rowland Lorimer has published "Libraries, Scholars, and Publishers in Digital Journal and Monograph Publishing" in the latest issue of Scholarly and Research Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

In the 1970s, research libraries developed data systems and expertise that, in the 1990s, led to new services such as institutional repositories and journal hosting and, in the 2000s, led to forays into monograph publishing. In contrast, also beginning in the 1970s, university presses found themselves being cast out of their traditional role as providers of research publishing services that created the public record of knowledge and into the marketplace. Continued development of information and communication technology (ICT) in library operations and in research activity stimulated entrepreneurship and scholar/library partnerships with scholar-controlled digital journal publishing. Again in contrast, the market orientation of university presses, combined with a lack of appreciation in the library community for the value added by professional publishers, hampered the extension of collaboration into three-way partnerships among scholars, libraries, and publishing professionals. Recognition of the roles of all parties holds the greatest promise for the evolution of digital scholarly publishing.

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    Patron-Driven Acquisitions: PDA and the University Press

    Posted in Publishing, Reports and White Papers, University Presses on October 16th, 2012

    Joseph J. Esposito has released PDA and the University Press.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) is a method by which libraries acquire books that delays purchase until the moment of first use. The aim of this report is to provide guidance to publishers, especially university presses, as to how to offset any sales losses from PDA and, through a tighter weaving of publishers' and libraries' interests, even identify means to augment sales and to improve the service that libraries provide for their constituencies.

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      Digital Book Publishing in the AAUP: Community Survey Report: Spring 2011

      Posted in E-Books, Publishing, University Presses on June 1st, 2011

      The Association of American University Presses has released Digital Book Publishing in the AAUP Community: Survey Report: Spring 2011.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Unsurprisingly, the 2011 results shows that every press is pursuing at least two digital publishing strategies, and almost all are expanding into many more. However, resource constraints continue to slow the development of healthy experimental models or delay the implementation of necessary digitization and workflow projects. Confirming the findings and recommendations of the recent AAUP report "Sustaining Scholarly Publishing," this digital pulse-taking indicates that finding new models to support scholarly publishing and strengthening the digital backbone of AAUP members are the top priorities in digital book publishing for the community.

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        Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses

        Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, University Presses on March 7th, 2011

        The Association of American University Presses has released Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        Within the scholarly communications ecosystem, scholarly publishers are a keystone species. University presses—as well as academic societies, research institutions, and other scholarly publishers—strive to fulfill the mission of making public the fruits of scholarly research as effectively as possible within that ecosystem. While that mission has remained constant, in recent years the landscape in which it is carried out has altered dramatically.

        "Sustaining Scholarly Publishing" explores many current scholarly publishing experiments and initiatives, defines characteristics of effective business models and the challenges of transitioning from a traditional sales-based model, and presents several recommendations for sustaining high-quality scholarly publishing throughout this time of change. The AAUP report was prepared by the Task Force on Economic Models for Scholarly Publishing, chaired by Lynne Withey, now-retired director of the University of California Press. . . .

        Among the report's recommendations:

        • Active and open sharing of lessons learned by participants in existing digital publishing projects should be an ongoing process.
        • The support of foundations, libraries, and university administrations in providing funds to work toward the digital future has been, and will remain, crucial.
        • Open access is a principle to be embraced, if publishing costs can be supported by the larger scholarly enterprise. University presses, and nonprofit publishers generally, should be fully engaged in these discussions.
        • Proposals and plans for new business models should explicitly address the potential impact of the new model on other parts of a press's programs, as well as explicitly address the requirements, both operational and financial, for making the transition to a new model.

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          Partnering to Publish: Innovative Roles for Societies, Institutions, Presses, and Libraries Presentations

          Posted in Publishing, Research Libraries, University Presses on December 2nd, 2010

          ARL has released presentations from its Partnering to Publish: Innovative Roles for Societies, Institutions, Presses, and Libraries meeting.

          Here's an excerpt:

          The Partnering to Publish seminar, jointly sponsored by the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the Association of Research Libraries on November 10, 2010, provided an occasion to learn about current partnerships between librarians and publishers in an environment where traditional roles are changing and to explore new opportunities for cost-effective and innovative joint ventures.

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            University of Michigan Press Begins Renting E-Books

            Posted in E-Books, University Presses on August 25th, 2010

            The University of Michigan Press has started an e-book rental program for over 250 e-books.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            Costs will range from 40% of list price for a 30-day rental to 75% of list price for a 180-day rental. For example, a paperback textbook might carry a list price of $22.95; it could be viewed as a rental for $10 for 30 days, or $18 for 180 days. Scholars who rent a book will have the option at the end of the rental period to buy it permanently at an additional charge. Purchased versions include additional interactive features.

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              "Interview with Sarah Pritchard: The Changing Face of Academic Presses"

              Posted in Publishing, University Presses on June 1st, 2010

              Information Today has published "Interview with Sarah Pritchard: The Changing Face of Academic Presses." Pritchard is the University Librarian at Northwestern University.

              Here's an excerpt:

              Q: The model that many advocate for OA books is making the text freely available online but sell the print version, so that etext will drive print sales. Do you see it as a viable model for NUP [Northwestern University Press]?

              A: Absolutely, I see that as a very logical model, and I would envisage us moving to that model before we move to a totally OA environment. By the way, we are currently in the process of moving one of our journals to OA, which we are very excited about . . . TriQuarterly.

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                Digital Publishing in the AAUP Community; Survey Report: Winter 2009-2010

                Posted in Publishing, University Presses on February 10th, 2010

                The Association of American University Presses has released Digital Publishing in the AAUP Community; Survey Report: Winter 2009-2010.

                Here's an excerpt:

                In October–November 2009, AAUP surveyed its member presses about digital publishing strategies and programs. The survey had two purposes. This report shares the responses to seven questions specifically about digital strategies, technologies, and concerns related to their book publishing programs. The survey also collected new and updated information on specific e-publishing programs at member presses in order to update the association’s online directory of such projects.

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