I wrote a little in my last post about the ALPSP one day seminar Publishing and the Library of the Future. Here’s my presentation from its resting place on Slideshare (how easy is it to add Slideshare presentations to WordPress or WordPress blog entries to Facebook these days!), but the ALPSP have also made the presentations available from their website. The next edition of Ariadne will also have an event review from me – some excerpts:
* The library user of the future will want experience-based information, interactivity, portability and accessibility
* Publishers are grappling with pricing models and usage statistics which increasingly don’t accurately reflect the actual usage of a journal and its articles
* Open access is adding pressure on society publishers, as are changing renewal patterns and uptake of online instead of print
* The library management system of the future will focus on managing electronic resources and their relationship with interfaces, packages and licences
* Researchers want quality peer-reviewed information, along with appropriate supplementary data, and the appeal of a journal goes beyond it’s scientific articles to the value-added information they also contain such as funding and conference announcements and news and opinion pieces.
* Publishers are still very much concerned with upholding traditional mechanisms for organising and evaluating information, although there’s interest in moving this to web 2.0 type tools such as blogs and wikis.
And my points you can see from the powerpoint below. Academic libraries need to focus on collaboration, preservation, findability and repackaging of our collections, both physically and online to offer a service which is dynamic and responsive to user needs.