Digital Scholarly
Communication:
A Snapshot of
Current Trends
Nancy L. Maron and K. Kirby Smith, Strategic Services Analysts, Ithaka
Introduction
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hile society journals, university press publications, and
conference still form the backbone of scholarly
many new digital scholarly resources have
emerged that make use of the space, speed, and interactivity of the Internet.
The university library still plays a central role in distributing many resources,
but the networked digital environment has enabled the creation of new works
that are accessible to end users directly. The decentralized distribution of these
new digital resources can make it difficult to fully appreciate their range and
number, even for academic librarians tasked with being familiar with valuable
resources across the disciplines. In spring 2008, the Association of Research
Libraries (ARL) engaged Ithaka to help survey the broader landscape of online
resources currently in use by the scholarly community, to understand more
about the resources that exist, and to highlight particular examples of
innovation. This report describes some of the ways in which scholarly
communication is occurring in a digital world.1
Methodology
ARL’s objective was not to conduct an exhaustive survey of the resources in
use across all disciplines, but rather to highlight interesting examples of digital
scholarly resources, their contribution to the scholarly process, and the
organizational and business models that help them survive and thrive.
To that end, Ithaka’s Strategic Services group helped coordinate and evaluate
the results of interviews with faculty members about the digital scholarly
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