New White Paper from SAGE: “Collaborative Improvements in the Discoverability of Scholarly Content”
Here’s a new white paper from SAGE written by:
Mary M. Somerville, MA, MLS, PhD,
University Librarian and Library Director
University of Colorado Denver
Lettie Y. Conrad, MA
Executive Manager, Online Products
Full Title: Collaborative Improvements in the Discoverability of Scholarly Content: Accomplishments, Aspirations, and Opportunities (24 pages; PDF)
From the Executive Summary:
The life cycle of academic works is supported by extensive cross-sector collaboration throughout the scholarly communications ecosystem. In recent years, traditional codes of practice have been disturbed.
In response, in 2012, SAGE published a white paper that offered conversation starters for reinventing conventions and relationships among libraries, publishers, and service providers. To carry on the investigation of the first white paper, Improving Discoverability of Scholarly Content in the Twentieth Century: Collaboration Opportunities for Librarians, Publishers, and Vendors,this paper explores the latest accomplishments, aspirations, opportunities, and challenges for improved discoverability of scholarly content. As the discovery landscape is rapidly shifting, this paper demonstrates that progress continues to depend on core principles of cross-sector collaboration, taking the form of these actionable recommendations for anyone in scholarly communications:
• Standards: When relevant, all sectors should participate in ratified standards to ensure that cooperation is part of business-as-usual routines.
• Transparency: Standards compliance is critical for successful discovery, and the development, implementation, and enforcement of these standards require open relationships across the industry focused on reaching our shared goals.
• Metadata: Quality metadata, observing ratified standards, enables successful discovery of scholarly content, products, and services.
• Partnerships: Opportunities exist for new discovery innovations across the industry, such as linked open data and cross-publisher discovery tools.
A list of study participants can be found on page 17 of the white paper.
Two Charts from the White Paper
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.