MIT Libraries and MIT Press Look to “Hack” Their Long-Standing Relationship
From an article by Chris Bourg (Director, MIT Libraries) and Amy Brand (Director, MIT Press) on the Inside Higher Ed. Website:
While many libraries are experimenting with new publishing roles through partnerships with their university press, here at MIT we are looking to “hack” a long-standing relationship between the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press.
We are both quite new to our roles directing the MIT Libraries and the MIT Press, and are excited about the opportunity to leverage a fairly standard reporting relationship (the Director of the Libraries supervises the Director of Press and chairs the Press’ Management Board) into the kind of deeply collaborative relationship that might propel real innovation in scholarly communication.
Under new direction, the Libraries and the Press are revisiting their own missions and core values, and have converged in part around the principle of adaptability. Namely, both organizations share the aims to actively engage in the changing technologies, practices and policies around creating and sharing information; embrace an entrepreneurial ethos that welcomes thoughtful risk taking and is not afraid to learn from failures; and adapt continually to the changing needs of the communities they serve
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See Also: Amy Brand Named New Director of the MIT Press (June 16, 2015)
See Also: Chris Bourg Named New Director of MIT Libraries, Will Also Oversee MIT Press (November 22, 2014)
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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.