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Liberal Arts Institutions and Scholarly Publishing

ACRL New England Chapter SCIG | 7.XII.17.
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Mark Edington

on 10 December 2018

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Transcript of Liberal Arts Institutions and Scholarly Publishing

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Academic book prices vs. CPI, 2002 - 2016
—> 32%
—>
58%
Source: http://www.ybp.com/book_price_update.html
and
http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm
$58.76
($78.42)
($92.73)
So what's the problem?
?
How might liberal-arts institutions create a
distinct
editorial vision and approach?
?
!
What could we do that is distinct—
and valuable?

What
How
$30 million
A Partnership of Liberal Arts College libraries
and publishers

• Open Access
• Digitally Native
• Aligned with the Liberal Arts ethos
Governance
Editorial Board
~4,000 faculty
• 54 Participating Institutions
• $1.5 million initial budget
Great Questions and Grand Challenges
Major questions facing the human future
Interdisciplinary perspectives in conversation
Multiauthor, multi-institutional, multinational
Exploring and developing the questions, not merely sketching answers
Lever Texts
New editions of frequently assigned texts
Supporting scholarly apparatus for students and teachers
Challenging the canon/introducing new works
Addressing a basic affordability challenge
New Frontiers in the Digital Liberal Arts
Explore new modalities of scholarly research and expression
Make review processes rigorous and transparent
Advocate for the emergence of new, digitally enabled fields of inquiry
Create a space for team-based scholarly endeavor
Special Collections
Scholarship that draws on, and links together, the scholarly resources of our institutions
Scholarship that champions unexplored narratives of communities, movements, and populations whose voices have been marginalized and excluded.
Teaching, Learning, and Leading
in the Liberal Arts College
Scholarly perspectives on the distinct pedagogical ethos of the liberal arts college
Perspectives from thought leaders in higher education on the distinct challenges and future paths of the liberal arts tradition
Mark Edington
Publisher
Liberal Arts Institutions
and Scholarly Publishing
an Open Access Initiative
Our costs are rising
much
faster than our budgets.
We're spending
more
for stuff we're using
less
.
4,140
~500
• Predominantly/exclusively undergraduate
• Direct faculty instruction
• General education / core / distribution requirement
• Traditional scholarly emphasis on humanities/arts
• Highly productive faculty
• Strong interdisciplinary interests
Liberal Arts Colleges
2
137
60 Total titles, five-year pilot
• 50 "traditional"
• 10 "innovative"
Average per title: $16,700
The best fix:
Transparency
"The system of scholarly publication must continue to include processes for evaluating the quality of scholarly work and every publication should provide the reader with information about evaluation the work has undergone."
Clear Signaling About:
Rights
Review
Change the author/publisher relationship
• Publisher is licensed on a CC license
• You can copy, share, distribute
• You must acknowledge the author
• You can't make a subsequent $ use
• [You can't make a derivative use]
• One-time honorarium (vs. royalty payment)
One last thing:
Open Access has reputation problem.
"Open Access means not peer reviewed."
FALSE
(P.S.: This matters to all of us.)
Tempe, 2000
• Author(s) retains copyright
New England Chapter
Scholarly Communication Interest Group
“It is one of the noblest duties of a university to advance knowledge and to diffuse it not merely among those who can attend the daily lectures but far and wide. ”
—Daniel Coit Gilman
Creating and communicating new ideas is core to our mission.
Whose mission is it?
“Most university presses in the United States... have as the cornerstone of their missions the publication of the products of scholarly research, for use by scholars in further research, bringing intellectual distinction to their institutions through their contributions to the advancement of knowledge in key academic fields.”
Kathleen Fitzpatrick,
Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy
http://mcpress.media-commons.org/plannedobsolescence/five-the-university/profit-publishing-and-the-university-mission/
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colleges and universities
first, libraries, which are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed;
secondly, new editions of authors, with more correct impressions, more faithful translations, more profitable glosses, more diligent annotations, and the like.
The works touching books are two—

Francis Bacon,
The Advancement of Learnin
g (1605)
The Shrine
The Factory
The Library
Shrine / Factory Connector
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