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Watkinson Open and Enhanced Monographs


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This presentation was delivered during ALA 2017 at the 11th Annual NISO-BISG Forum, Delivering an Integrated Information Experience, by Charles Watkinson of the University of Michigan.

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Watkinson Open and Enhanced Monographs

  1. 1. Open & Enhanced Monographs The Discovery Gap Charles Watkinson AUL, Publishing, University of Michigan Library Director, University of Michigan Press NISO-BISG Forum at ALA, Friday June 23, 2017
  2. 2. My Life as a Night Elf Priest A Tale of Discovery
  3. 3. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE ONIXMessage SYSTEM ""> <Title><TitleText>My Night as a Night Elf Priest</TitleText></Title> <OtherText> <Text> </Text> <Text>Open access - no commercial use</Text> </OtherText> <Imprint><ImprintName>Digital Culture Books</ImprintName></Imprint> <Publisher><PublisherName>University of Michigan Press</PublisherName> </ONIXMessage>
  4. 4. “. . . for the best-selling title in the digitalculturebooks imprint, only 21 percent of purchasing libraries included a clear record on an extant OA version in their catalog. OA monographs are not as discoverable in library systems as they should be.” Aaron McCollough, “Does It Make a Sound: Are Open Access Monographs Discoverable in Library Catalogs,” portal: Libraries and the Academy, 17.1, January 2017. doi: 10.1353/pla.2017.0010 “Current metadata, discovery, distribution, discovery, sales, and access systems tend to conceal rather than promote the existence of OA books. We thus face the paradox that while one of the key motivations of OA is to promote wider dissemination, usage and impact, current systems make it harder to achieve those aims for OA books than for many conventional publications” Michael Jubb, Academic Books and their Futures, June 2017.
  5. 5. Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain
  6. 6. “Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain” • Quantitative and qualitative studies of ca. 120 open access books from University of Michigan Press and Open Book Publishers • Supported by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 03/01/16 – 02/28/17 • Study of mainly web log and Google Analytics data by Eric Hellman • Link to reader survey distributed with OA books (800+ responses) • Interviews with users and with supply chain partners • Results at:
  7. 7. “The Open Access mission is f***ing awesome. Thank you for providing this in a downloadable PDF. You guys are doing it right Delighted to have this resource.”
  8. 8. How did you find it? How did you get it? publisher 52% unspecified link or download 17% library 5% nonpublisher website 5% colleague, author, professor 5% 4% Google 3% email or listserv 2% not yet acquired 1% Twitter 1% DOAB 1% Facebook 2% 0% researchgate 0% JSTOR 0% Ama 0%
  9. 9. What are you going to do with it now?
  10. 10. VS. A Two Tier Discovery System: A Danger?
  11. 11. Open Access Books as the The Canary in the Coal Mine
  12. 12. Thank you Charles Watkinson