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Title:Scholarly Communication Education Initiatives: SPEC Kit 299
Author(s):Newman, Kathleen A.; Blecic, Deborah D.; Armstrong, Kimberly L.
Subject(s):Scholarly Communication
educational activities
Abstract:Access to information, the foundation of scholarly communication, has traditionally been provided through academic journals, research collections, and other print publications. Recent advances in digital technology, however, have revolutionized scholarly communication, leading to innovations in the conduct of research as well as in the conveyance of ideas to readers. Librarians have sought to inform their communities about scholarly communication issues such as author rights management, open access, and journal costs through such activities as classes, Web sites, symposia, and workshops to help create change. The purpose of this survey was to find out what kind of initiatives ARL member libraries have used or plan to use to educate faculty, researchers, administrators, students, and library staff at their institutions about scholarly communication issues. A survey distributed to the 123 ARL member libraries in May 2007 to determine the nature of library-initiated education activities about scholarly communication issues that had taken place in their institutions in the past three years or that were expected to take place soon. Of the 73 libraries that responded to the survey, 55 (75%) indicated that the library has engaged in educational activities on scholarly communication issues; 13 (18%) have not, but indicated that planning is underway. Only three libraries indicated that they had not engaged in this activity and were not planning to do so; another two responded that this is the responsibility of another, non-library unit of the institution. This excerpt from SPEC Kit 299 contains the Executive Summary (7 pgs), the Survey Questions and Responses (64 pgs), the lists of Selected Resources (6 pgs). The excerpt does not include the Representative Documents that were submitted by the respondents (106 pgs) which included proposals for education initiatives, scholarly communication and copyright Web pages, job descriptions, and education materials.
Issue Date:2007-11
Publisher:Association of Research Libraries
Citation Info:Scholarly Communication Education Initiatives. August 2007. SPEC Kit 299.
Series/Report:SPEC Kit 299
ISSN:0160 3582
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Rights Information:The Author grants to ARL the exclusive first publication, display, and distribution rights in the Work.
The Author further grants non-exclusive rights to reproduce, publish, display, distribute, and preserve the Work for the duration of its copyright, throughout the world, in all media, including by means of a third-party online information provider or repository.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-11-05
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