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Paper on “Library 2.0: Balancing the Risks and Benefits to Maximise the Dividends” Published in Program

Posted by Brian Kelly on 11 August 2009

A paper on “Library 2.0: Balancing the Risks and Benefits to Maximise the Dividends” has recently been published in the Program journal (Program Electronic Library and Information Systems, 2009, 43 (3), pp. 311-327). This paper is accessible from the University of Bath Opus institutional repository service.

This paper was originally presented at the Bridging Worlds 2008 conference held at the National Library of Singapore in October 2008. I am the lead author of the paper and the other contributors are Paul Bevan (National Library of Wales), Richard Akerman (National Research Council Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, Ottawa, Canada), Jo Alcock (University of Wolverhampton) and Josie Fraser (consultant).

The process of depositing the paper into the institutional repository was much easier than my previous experience – now that I know which option to select when a DOI for the paper is available. However since depositing my various papers in our institutional repository it has struck me that although my papers should now have a stable URI and will have associated metadata designed to make the papers easier to discover the institutional repository does not provide a forum for interested readers to discuss the paper openly. So, as I did with another recent paper, I am writing this blog post which will allow comments to be made. And after this post has been published I should updated the details in the repository to link to this blog post.

Hmm – shouldn’t all papers have a mechanisms whereby readers can ask questions about the ideas which have been exposed to a peer-reviewing process?

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3 Responses to “Paper on “Library 2.0: Balancing the Risks and Benefits to Maximise the Dividends” Published in Program”


    Users discover OA papers by doing google and google scholar searches on key words. OAI-compliant Institutional Repositories are also indexed by OAIster and Scirus, and will no doubt soon be indexed by SCOPUS and ISI. As the proportion of the refereed journal article corpus that is made OA grows (because of institutional and funder OA mandates), many new harvesters and indexers will cover their contents.

    So the real problem for the OA target corpus of 2.5 million annual articles in the planet’s 25,000 peer-reviewed journals is not (and never has been) either (1) DOIs or (2) discoverability: It is getting the target content (3) deposited. And that is what the OA deposit mandates are for.

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  3. […] The popularity of this paper was due to the large numbers of downloads shortly after the availability of the paper had been announced on this blog.  Although I am convinced that use of social media can also enhance access to peer-reviewed […]

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