In the first part of the eight LAPIS session, the class welcomed City University London Research Library Diane Bell who offered insight into the current roles of libraries and librarians as publishers. Continuing on this theme, Katharine Schopflin presented on “Encyclopaedias: publishers, librarians and end-users”. Due to an illness, my notes from the first part are somewhat brief, and I was unable to stay for the second presentation.
Brief Lecture Notes and Resources
- Should Libraries be publishers? Not viable for all libraries; financial risks involved
- Project Muse– Johns Hopkins University
- Learning at City Journal: Is it a published journal? Not structured or formatted like a traditional journal
- City repository not acting as journals
- Open access may minimise the financial risks of publishing
- Promotion paid for when you decide to publish with a major journal
- Promotion difficult for libraries
- Publishing libraries may also face discoverability issues
- Publishers charge for gold open acces to balance losses from library charges
- See library guides on Springshare
- Haider, Jutta and Sundin, Olof (2010): “Beyond the Legacy of the Enlightenment?: Online Encyclopaedias as Digital Heterotopias”, First Monday, 15:1
- Harboe-Ree, Cathrine (2007) Just advanced librarianship: The role of academic libraries as publishers, Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 38:1, 15-25
Quotes from Personal Study Resources
- “Librarian publishers have already begun to make a positive difference in the publishing landscape by rescuing small, print-only journals from historical oblivion and providing the technical support and platform services to get them online and more importantly, discoverable.” – Phill Jones article for The Scholarly Kitchen
- “The seismic shifts affecting the academic publishing industry are not sector-specific. Indeed, the same challenges are faced by the range of players in this area, including university presses, trade publishers, library publishers, and commercial publishers. What differentiates the fields is their degree of experimentation and their willingness to transgress against long-held publishing conventions, something that the new arrivals (libraries and new commercial entities, including self-publishers) may have in their favor.” Skinner, K.L., 2014. Library-as-Publisher: Capacity Building for the Library Publishing Subfield. Journal of Electronic Publishing, [online] 17(2). Available at: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jep/3336451.0017.207/–library-as-publisher-capacity-building-for-the-library?rgn=main;view=fulltext.
- “When the term ‘encyclopaedia’ was coined in the early sixteenth century, it designated the philosophical ideal of the interconnection between the disciplines, and this sense persisted through the seventeenth century. Works referring to the ‘encyclopedia’ were often abstract treatises on the disciplines, but starting in the late sixteenth century ‘encyclopedia’ occasionally appeared as the subtitle or title in didactic works.” – Blair, A., 2010. Too much to know: managing scholarly information before the modern age. New Haven [Conn.] ; London: Yale University Press. I highly recommend this book to all LIS students and professionals.
- “With Wikipedia and other innovative encyclopedias of the twenty-first century, we are probably returning to a time of creative restructuring of the encyclopedia, a process last experienced in the eighteenth century and that left as its largest monuments the Universal-Lexicon and the Encyclopédie méthodique.” – Loveland, J., 2012. Why Encyclopedias Got Bigger . . . and Smaller. Information & Culture: A Journal of History, 47(2), pp.233–254. doi: 10.1353/lac.2012.0012.