Friday, August 3, 2007

ITHAKA report

There's some buzz around this report by ITHAKA about the future of scholarly publishing. The just of it is that:
  • universities need to pay more attention to publishing;
  • the value university presses really add comes in the peer review process;
  • university presses should share a digital publishing infrastructure.
Hard to say what this all means for libraries and smaller institutions without presses, but the report that every institution that produces research needs a strategy for scholarly communication.

ITHAKA encourages the continuance of a diversified market for scholarly communication, including commercial and non commercial players. I think the inherent complexity of such market bodes well for libraries, who will need to manage the complexity inherent in such a market.

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