EBSCO Information Services Europe offers of a series of five papers reporting the results of a survey on the future of the academic information supply chain.
The papers cover diverse subjects and reveal some surprising insights into possible future roles for libraries, as well as others in the academic information supply chain. Respondents to the survey share opinions on new and emerging technologies; changing research practices; trends in user behaviour/expectations; views on a variety of access and business models; and future forces for change.
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The Future of The Academic Information Supply Chain.
Executive summaries of all 5 papers:
About this series of papers
The academic information supply chain remains a complex and highly dynamic arena due to a wide range of factors, including the continuing impact of new and emerging technologies on information delivery; the ubiquity of technology in teaching and research; changing research practices; changing user behaviour and expectations; the entry of new service providers and the evolving roles of existing players; changing business models; financial pressures on libraries and institutions and the wider economic climate; new and emerging markets; and more.
This series of papers aims to provide a better understanding of this dynamic landscape and, in particular, to explore how the traditional players within the academic information supply chain - librarians, publishers, agents/intermediaries, consortia representatives, and others in the industry - view current and possible future developments. As a first step towards this goal, EBSCO Information Services Europe commissioned a survey titled “The Future of the Academic Information Supply Chain,” the results of which are presented as a series of papers corresponding to the survey’s main sections. Selected highlights from the survey also were presented at major conferences in Europe.
The papers were intended as a starting point to stimulate and inform further discussion during a series of EBSCO Information Days facilitated by EBSCO Information Services Europe during 2012.
1. The Future Role of the Academic Library
2. Access to Content: Now and in Future
3. The Impact of Open Access
4. The Role of Subscription Agents
5. The Academic Information Supply Chain: Future Forces for Change
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