Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Presented at University of Michigan Libraries, Ann Arbor, MI, November 6, 2009.


Our hearts are broken because things aren't like they used to be.

The functions and (uncertain) future of scholarly publishing.

The issues that threaten:1. Library budgets vs. acquisitions costs 2. Outmoded distribution networks 3. Missing common infrastructure 4. Future of professional evaluation.

There have never been greater opportunities for scholarly publishing, especially the library as publisher.

New types of Scholarly Communication.

University Press culture vs. Library culture: When worlds collide.

At UNL Libraries, we publish book‐length works that presses considered unpublishable.

Vision Statement: 1. University faculties can take back scholarly publishing. 2. Academic libraries can be leaders of this effort.