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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 michael.levine-clark@du.edu
  2. 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/callumscott2/280532292/
  3. 3. Libraries rely on other experts to vet content for us • • • • Peer review process Publishers Approval vendors Ebook aggregators http://www.flickr.com/photos/scaar/6094281864/
  4. 4. How radically will the scholarly book publishing landscape change in the next five years? http://www.flickr.com/photos/29750062@N06/6061940391/
  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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturewise/1174298274/
  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? http://www.flickr.com/photos/scaar/6094281864/
  10. 10. Thank You Michael Levine-Clark michael.levine-clark@du.edu

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