Pikas Psp Presentation February 2010


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Pikas Psp Presentation February 2010

  1. 1. The Culture of Free: Publishing in an Era of Changing Expectations <br />Some views from a member of an important customer group<br />Christina K. Pikas<br />Librarian<br />JHU/APL*<br />February 3, 2010<br />*All opinions strictly my own and are not those of JHU or APL <br />
  2. 2. Who am I & why am I here?<br />Practicing librarian at a research lab that is a division of a major research university<br />Collections budget ~$15M*<br />Doctoral student in information studies – interested in scholarly communication<br />I have a pragmaticview/approach<br />I get very frustrated<br />*ARL Total Materials Expenditures, 2008<br />
  3. 3. Pain points(things we don’t want to pay for)<br />Areas requiring special attention(tread carefully)<br />Things that are worth their money<br />
  4. 4. Pain…<br />DRM that doesn’t let the users do what they expect to be able to do with a book<br />DRM that doesn’t let us do what we paid for<br />
  5. 5. One pdf per page <br />Requiring users to follow links in pdf to navigate to other chapters<br />Using some port other than 80<br />Pain…<br />(do note: these are absolutely non-compliant with modern information security settings found in corporations and government)<br />
  6. 6. Non-functioning interfaces<br />Those that make it impossible to find even a known item with a full, correct citation (why bother subscribing?)<br />Pain…<br />
  7. 7. Sites that sell their document delivery even when the library has purchased a license, and the site has already identified the user as one who has access via library license<br />Pain…<br />
  8. 8. When you spend the money we gave you to pay for expensive lobbyists to work against things we hold dear<br />Pain…<br />
  9. 9. Advertising.<br />Ok: scientists and engineers miss the ads for equipment and services they used to find in their print journals<br />Not ok: irrelevant pseudoscientific or gross ad network ads<br />Attention required…<br />
  10. 10. Confusing combinations of purchase/subscribe<br />Ok: both are available<br />Not ok: volumes 1-10, one time purchase, volumes 10-11 subscribe, volumes 12-21 either….<br />Attention required…<br />
  11. 11. File formats<br />Ok: pdf and html<br />Iffy: only pdf or only html<br />Not Ok: pdf that is not OCRd and is locked down so it can’t be OCRd or is of very poor quality<br />Attention required…<br />
  12. 12. Worth paying for…<br />Integration with discovery services<br /><ul><li>Meta searchable
  13. 13. MARC records
  14. 14. Indexed by Google</li></li></ul><li>A decent interface that facilitates<br /><ul><li>Citation chaining
  15. 15. Exporting references
  16. 16. Finding related content
  17. 17. Incorporation into workflows</li></ul>Worth paying for…<br />
  18. 18. Final notes<br />I see you as partners, do you see me as evil? We are in this together.<br />Please ask us – use your library advisory board!<br />Don’t reinvent the wheel – look at what your competitors (in and outside of publishing) are doing!<br />
  19. 19. Christina K. Pikas<br />christina dot pikas at jhuapl.edu<br />Blogging at:<br />http://scienceblogs.com/christinaslisrant<br />