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Back to business August 1, 2007

Posted by Mia in Collections, Uncategorized.

If you haven’t been in the loop about the decline of peer-review (most notably in field of economics, cf. the Glen Ellison article), there is a good summary in the July 26 insidehighered.com News.

The Ithaka report that came out recently analyses a significant amount of survey data from a few thousand faculty members (if I recall correctly), reported its findings after crunching some comparisons of 2006 data with earlier years. They have been collecting data for some years now, so there is longitudinal data that shows the trends. The executive summaries are good snapshots.

These reports are worth waking up for.  Maurice B. Line (consultant, former head of British Library’s Interlibrary division) unapologetically and vehemently railed against the profession’s failure of intellect, creativity and imagination.  (a special issue is devoted to his influence in a 2005 volume of Interlending & Document Supply)

Why is Line’s viewpoint pertinent here?  Because new models of publishing, scholarly activity, usability of search interfaces are right upon us, and we are still asleep; and when we’re awake we’re too timid to move forward.