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Self publishing and the academic library


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Levine-Clark, Michael, "Self Publishing and the Academic Library," invited, Self Pub 2.0 Preconference, Charleston Conference, Charleston, S.C., November 6, 2013.

Part of a panel on "Vendor Services and Self Publishing."

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Self publishing and the academic library

  1. 1. Self-Published Books and the Academic Library Self Pub 2.0 Charleston Conference November 6, 2013 Michael Levine-Clark Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services University of Denver Libraries
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  3. 3. Libraries rely on other experts to vet content for us • • • • Peer review process Publishers Approval vendors Ebook aggregators
  4. 4. How radically will the scholarly book publishing landscape change in the next five years?
  5. 5. Explosion of Self Publishing 450,000 400,000 350,000 300,000 American Self Published (ISBN) 250,000 North American Scholarly (YBP) 200,000 150,000 American Book Production (BISAC) 100,000 50,000 0 2007 2011 2012
  6. 6. How do libraries provide access to self-published books? Or do we?
  7. 7. Peer Review of Self-Published Books • Unlikely for most selfpublished material • Identify after the fact? – Reviews – Citations – Klout
  8. 8. How Do Librarians Determine Quality? • Traditionally publisher determines quality • How do librarians and our vendors identify quality without the help of publishers? – Institutional affiliation? (but what about writers outside the academy?) – Author name? (but what about un-established authors?) – And what about bad books by known authors? • Or authors writing outside area of expertise?
  9. 9. How do we find that archaeology title while eliminating the holocaust denial book?
  10. 10. Thank You Michael Levine-Clark