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Scholarly Communication Innovations Highlighted in ARL Bimonthly Report

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June 6, 2008

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Scholarly Communication Innovations Highlighted in ARL Bimonthly Report

Washington DC—New approaches to scholarly communication are featured in the June 2008 issue of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Bimonthly Report, no. 258.

In the lead article, Duke University Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin L. Smith offers pragmatic strategies that authors and their institutions can use to manage authors’ copyrights to fulfill the requirements of the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy. Although the strategies Smith explores are focused on meeting the NIH’s article deposit requirement, they could also be employed to accomplish a more comprehensive strategy for public dissemination of research.

Karla L. Hahn, Director of ARL's Office of Scholarly Communication, discusses the results of her study of publishing services provided by ARL member libraries. Hahn notes that adopting new roles in producing journals is the latest in a series of library contributions to disseminating scholarly journal articles. She encourages library and campus leaders "to give thoughtful consideration to the potential, the goals, the resource needs, and the value of investing in and fostering this rapidly evolving mode of university publishing."

Additionally, brief summaries are provided of the recently released SPARC–Science Commons guide to creating institutional open access policies and of ARL's new agenda for developing research library support for e-science.

This issue is in the mail to ARL member libraries and subscribers this week.

The issue is also freely available on the Web at http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/br/br258.shtml.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/.