Many believe academic libraries and publishers can work together more effectively to deliver on their shared core mission – to foster access to the world’s knowledge across disciplinary, institutional and national boundaries for researchers, students and academics alike. This interesting information came to us from USKG in their opinion piece, “Managing relationships between libraries and publishers for greater impact.”

Some quick low hanging fruit might include simpler workflows within libraries to generate better efficiency. It may be that there are institutional work practices which publishers would like to see changed, and the library and research communities would be willing to engage in a dialogue on these issues. In times when library budgets are dwindling by the day, it also presents evidence for the impact of long-term trends in library spending, budgets and staffing.

Publishers that embrace open access explore new business models and work with the higher education community to the mutual benefit of all.

Melody K. Smith

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