For example, this occurs despite the US constitutional requirement that
copyright is granted “to promote the progress of science and useful arts,
by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to
their respective writings and discoveries.” In some instances, higher
education communities lack unifying positions on different intellectual
property domains (patents, copyrights, public domain), and adopt highly
varied policy and practice at the local level.
• The Absence of Mechanisms for Research
Libraries to Influence the Marketplace
Many consider the scholarly communication environment to be
dysfunctional and fragmented, evincing monopolistic characteristics, and
failing to deliver all disciplinary research at a reasonable price and on an
equal footing. There is an absence of robust and sufficiently powerful
mechanisms for cooperative action by the research library community to
influence markets and undertake common project development.
• Policies and Practices that Inhibit
Innovation and Enduring Access
Accessible technologies and ubiquitous networks have transformed
individual expectations about access to information and methods of
communication. New forms of publishing and innovative scholarly
products have emerged and in some disciplines have sparked entirely
new systems of scholarly communications. Many public and institutional
policies and practices lag behind these changes and need to be updated in
order to support rather than inhibit innovations and enduring access to
scholarship and information.
• The Need to Reconfigure Research
Library Organizations and Services
The value of research libraries to the research enterprise is changing.
Especially in a constrained economic climate, a new place must be created
for the research library that recognizes and leverages the “Google world”
and the emergence of collaborative research. New strategies are needed
to reconfigure research library organizations and services and build
increasingly diverse and talented staff to provide leadership and technical
skills that are responsive to this rapidly changing environment.
Themes within the ARL Strategic Plan 2010–2012
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