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Organization and Delivery of Scholarly Communications Services by Academic and Research Libraries in the United Kingdom: Observations from Across the Pond

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Christine Fruin

University of Florida, US
About Christine
Christine Fruin is currently Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Florida. For over a decade, she has been a professional librarian dedicated to promoting access to and use of diverse collections through utilization of fair use, open access and responsible licensing. Fruin is a frequent author and speaker on copyright in online education, fair use in higher education and open and public access. Her other interests include use of media in online education, information law and policy in libraries, and collection development/management.
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INTRODUCTION The U.K. library community has implemented collaborative strategies in key scholarly communication areas such as open access mandate compliance, and U.S. librarians could benefit from learning in greater detail about the practices and experiences of U.K. libraries with respect to how they have organized scholarly communication services. METHODS In order to better understand the scholarly communication activities in U.K. academic and research libraries, and how U.S. libraries could apply that experience in the context of their own priorities, an environmental scan via a survey of U.K. research libraries and in-person interviews were conducted. RESULTS U.K. libraries concentrate their scholarly communication services on supporting compliance with open access mandates and in the development of new services that reflect libraries’ shifting role from information consumer to information producer. DISCUSSION Due to the difference in the requirements of open access mandates in the U.K. as compared to the U.S., scholarly communication services in the U.K. are more focused on supporting compliance efforts. U.S. libraries engage more actively in providing copyright education and consultation than U.K. libraries. Both U.K. and U.S. libraries have developed new services in the areas of research data management and library publishing. CONCLUSION There are three primary takeaways from the experience of U.K. scholarly communication practitioners for U.S. librarians: increase collaboration with offices of research, reconsider current organization and delegation of scholarly communication services, and increase involvement in legislative and policy-making activity in the U.S. with respect to access to research.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2157
How to Cite: Fruin, C., (2017). Organization and Delivery of Scholarly Communications Services by Academic and Research Libraries in the United Kingdom: Observations from Across the Pond. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 5(1), p.eP2157. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2157
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Published on 29 Mar 2017.
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