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and/or marketing support. Down the road a little further, research libraries are likely to be involved in more collaborative
repository development and management, as well as deposit services of many kinds.
More direct publishing services, especially for grey literature and other types of scholarly communication vehicle not well
supported. More collaboration with university presses. Copyright advisory services and contract negotiation assistance
in a more formalized and larger scale way.
Possibly help manage author ORCIDs, orientation on new funder requirements, data set publication.
Realistically, the scope and breadth of each subject specialist liaison’s portfolio of responsibilities does not allow for
in-depth support of individual faculty/researcher publishing, and we don’t see that reality changing any time soon.
Academic librarians will continue to consult with faculty about research tools and details regarding publications within
their discipline/s, but it’s unlikely that they will be able to provide a level of support that is more time-intensive or
financially demanding (e.g., proof-reading or editing draft manuscripts, negotiating author rights, or even funding
publication in open access journals).
Research libraries are key partners in supporting faculty/researcher publishing. They have been instrumental in helping
guide researchers through the changing scholarly publishing climate. Among the participants in scholarly publishing,
libraries are best suited to capturing new and traditional forms of scholarly output, aiding in its production, and
managing access to it.
Research libraries are well positioned to provide traditional and non-traditional support for faculty/researcher publishing.
Research libraries can and should support scholarly publishing in many ways: providing funding for open access
publishing providing infrastructure and services to support journal publication open access, author rights, and
copyright education supporting the creation of open educational resources and participating actively in national and
international organizations and initiatives with influence in these areas. Libraries will also continue to be the principle
consumer of academic publishing, providing access to scholarly output from around the world.
Research libraries continue to function as a vital source of information and support for scholarly publishing. Research
libraries are well-positioned to advise scholars on strategies and author’s rights issues for traditional publications and to
actively partner with researchers on new forms of scholarship, new models for open and public access, and new ways to
evaluate and preserve scholarly communications.
Research libraries have a critical role to play in the future of faculty/researcher publishing in the digital age. New
mandates for the open access to research and data provide an opportunity for library professionals to lead initiatives
that manage, describe, and preserve information—all core functions of the academic library. Academic libraries in the
future will be more embedded in the research enterprise, providing embedded expertise in information management,
metadata services, data curation, scholarly editing and publishing services, and more robust rights management
consultation to faculty researchers and emerging scholars. New modes of scholarly communication, including born
digital projects, will extend the libraries’ expertise in digital asset management and preservation. The disciplinary
expertise of librarians will make us the logical partner for campus-wide initiatives in data science, digital media, and
open access.
Research libraries must provide alternative publishing venues. Our institutional repository supports journal publication
and we are expecting to expand our support in this area.
Research libraries should be the go to place on campus for scholars to obtain information and support on publishing
activities. New publishing options and collaboration with academic presses help solidify this role.
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