Just in from Oxford University Press:
A new multinational survey, carried out by Oxford University Press, indicates that 75% of university students surveyed rely on library-acquired reference content in their studies, in addition to using freely available resources. That figure increases to 92% among students surveyed in the US and UK.
Paths to Reference: How today’s students find and use reference resources, a new white paper published by Oxford University Press, shows that for university students, reference works support a range of use cases, encompassing most aspects of independent study. Besides research, reference information supports students in class preparation, general reading, and studying for exams. Furthermore, while students generally rely on free resources for brief, factual information, a majority of students rely on their library for in-depth background information.
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Some Open Access news (as drawn from Knowledge Unlatched’s recent newsletter):This October, usage of Open Access books, funded through Knowledge Unlatched (KU), has doubled within just one quarter, now totaling 228 000 full-text downloads on the OAPEN platform and 67, 068 chapter downloads on the JSTOR platform.
To mark International Open Access Week, KU announced two new partnerships. It launched a new cooperation with Bertelsmann Verlag to make its Open Access titles in social sciences, education, and social research internationally available through KU. In addition, KU’s partnership with transcript makes 200 political science monographs free for reading worldwide. Continue reading What’s new at Knowledge Unlatched and with Open Access in general
As stated in the summary of OUP’s newly released whitepaper titled Navigating Research, “this study explores users’ and librarians’ perspectives on the role of reference resources in research and teaching in today’s academic institutions. It examines how users seek contextual information and guidance for areas of scholarship as they conduct research, and how reference resources can support their work.”
Key findings include, among others:
- recognition of ‘reference’ as a specific category is declining and users are not likely to identify ‘reference resources as those belonging to a distinct category
- research needs of today’s researchers are moving away from basic factual information and terminology (for which free online sources are used)
- resources offering guidance to a field of study retain appeal as a ‘bridge between introductory materials and specialized research publications”
- resources offering guidance to a field of study are also used to support work in interdisciplinary fields
- use of reference sources relies on their visibility and discoverability; this is likely to remain a challenge for publishers, librarians, and researchers
The whitepaper comprises three strands:
- a review of existing literature
- qualitative interviews with 16 librarians and 18 users (faculty and students)
- a survey of 164 librarians
The full whitepaper may be downloaded here.
The Business of Books 2017 is an annual publication from Franfkurter Buchmesse that gives insight into the trends related to book publishing (traditional and digital) worldwide, including markets in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
While the paper’s focus is on the publishing industry—particularly the trade side of it, and, unsurprisingly, the Anglo-Saxon influence of it—much insight can be gained here on many other aspects of the book industry by all who are in one way or another, directly or indirectly, involved with the book business, especially librarians, educators, independent authors, and various media companies that look to publishing (trade and educational) to expand their offerings, particularly in the field of ebook distribution, audiobooks, multi-media, and gaming.
The white paper may be downloaded on the Book Fair’s web site. Continue reading Business of Books 2017: A new whitepaper gives valuable insight into the state of publishing worldwide and the impact of digital and self-publishing
Frankfurter Buchmesse‘s white paper, Industry Leaders’ Perspectives on the Digital Transformation Journey in Publishing, is based on interviews with leaders from the STM, Education and Trade sectors. The objective was to gain insights regarding five core elements in the digital transformation journey: Content Storage, Metadata, Content Agility, Discoverability and Collaboration. The interviews were conducted in early 2017 and include senior leaders holding “C-Suite,” Vice-President and Director+ positions.
The full PDF may be downloaded here. Some highlights below.
On how publishers are progressing with digital transformation
- Half of the interviewees believe their current transformation efforts were ‘on par’ relative to peers in the publishing industry.
- STM organizations cited significant investments in 3 of the 5 transformational areas over the past few years, bolstering their claim to “lead” the rest of the industry.
- Conversely, over 30 percent of Trade and 50 percent of EDU respondents feel that their companies are lagging the industry on the transformation journey.
- 50 percent of publishers interviewed are looking for ways to replace declining revenues from print and advertising, with 41 percent looking to new product options.
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The white paper, titled “Obstacles and Opportunities: Ebooks, Print and the Impact of Choice on Libraries and the Users They Serve,” explores the complexities of balancing print and ebooks, highlighting opportunities for collaboration between librarians and content aggregators. Focusing on the U.K. higher-education book market, the paper combines commentary from U.K. librarians with global data to draw attention to the complexities of managing book collections in multiple formats, focusing on:
- Similarities between managing print and digital books.
- Collection management obstacles—and opportunities—introduced by ebooks.
- How librarians can work with content aggregators like ProQuest to simplify the management of collections comprised of content in multiple formats.
Continue reading ProQuest’s new white paper explores obstacles and opportunities in managing collections (print and electronic)
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