I attended an online ISIS (Information Service Instructional Support) seminar on scholarly communication this afternoon. It was led by Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Marilyn provided an overview of the current scholarly communication landscape.
Benefits of open access journals:
- no cost to end-user
- downloaded more, cited more
- more opportunities for collaboration, interdisciplinary studies
Challenges of open access journals:
- may or may not include peer-review
- perception of faculty members (impact on promotion and tenure, concern about author-pays model)
- during this transition period, Marilyn generally recommends new faculty publish in traditional venues til they have tenure
Reasons for library involvement:
- advocate new form of scholarship
- provide repository space
- offer copyright advice
- showcase student work in a place where community can see it; this is valued especially by service-learning projects
In general, the other institutions represented at this seminar seem to be in a situation similar to Midd: they host an institutional repository and as yet, it has minimal participation.