The library and the Publisher

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A presentation I did for the marketing and sales people at Brill on my views on developments in the publishing industry

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The library and the Publisher

  1. 1. The publisher and the library IIWouter Gerritsma, Wageningen UR Library
  2. 2. How does the library view the pubishers? We, as librarians, do our utmost best to make sure that the resources we buy and licensed are used to the max. We are constantly marketing publishers products to our patrons and we can use all support to make this happen, but ● In cooperation ● On our terms
  3. 3. Marketing Brill Is Brill well known by our scholars?
  4. 4. What will it look like on other reading devices?
  5. 5. Ranking of publishing houses For tenure track For membership of graduate schools ● WASS/Sense ranking Brill ranks? We do receive requests from scholars/publishers to be upgraded. Transfer some activities to another imprint, focus on a AA quality brand. Make clear it is all peer reviewed content.
  6. 6. Future of bibliographies Budget cuts will hit secondary sources more than primary sources Smaller, specialised a&i databases will disappear Discovery tools arent the final answer yet General a&i databases still have a future, but ● Bigger is better ● Fulltext will become a competitive edge ● Additional services Citations are a prerequisite (crucial perhaps?) Google Scholar, Scopus or WoS?
  7. 7. Social scientists at Wageningen UR
  8. 8. What about copyrights? "Stichting Pro" Universities have had significant fines Scholars become more aware More inquiries about educational materials
  9. 9. What about e-books There is not yet a single succesfull e-book platform yet Publishers have unsustainable models ● Big deals for e-books ? ● First to buy 25 books, subsequent per book? ● What about o-books? ● Pick and choose is important, preferably patron acquisition ● We need e-text books Publishers&libraries need to do business re-engineering (again)
  10. 10. Metrics Metrics are essential in collection decisions We look at downloads and costs/download ● journals ● e-books ● paper books? No absolute criteria
  11. 11. How much are paper books used?
  12. 12. Building up experience with book metricsand PDA
  13. 13. Thank you!On the Web:@wowterwowter.netwww.slideshare.net/wowter

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