London – 13 November 2012 – EBSCO Information Services Europe is pleased to announce the release of a series of five papers reporting the results of a survey on the future of the academic information supply chain.
The papers cover diverse subjects and reveal some surprising insights into possible future roles for libraries, as well as others in the academic information supply chain. Respondents to the survey share opinions on new and emerging technologies; changing research practices; trends in user behaviour/expectations; and views on a variety of access and business models. Unsurprisingly, budgetary pressures have a significant impact across all areas of the supply chain, but some respondents feel this can be used to drive innovation. Other future forces for change include Open Access; mobile technology; and the importance of China, India, and other emerging economies in shaping publishers' activities.
The papers, listed below, are available on request at www.ebsco.com/papers2012:
- The Future Role of the Academic Library
- Access to Content: Now and in the Future
- The Impact of Open Access
- The Role of Subscription Agents
- Future Forces for Change
In conducting this survey, EBSCO and Red Sage Consulting sought opinions from 141 individuals involved in the complex and dynamic industry of academic publishing. A total of 98 librarians, consortia representatives, publishers, agents/intermediaries, and others in the industry shared their views on the future of the academic information supply chain.
Established in 1944, EBSCO is one of the leading providers of information solutions in the world. We address the needs of customers in the UK and in over 190 countries worldwide, with more than 5,700 employees in 30 regional offices. Providing print and online resource management tools and related services, we work with over 95,000 publishers and hundreds of thousands of libraries worldwide. We are staffed by information professionals, including more than 140 librarians, who speak the local languages and understand the particular challenges faced by librarians today.
About Red Sage Consulting
Red Sage Consulting is owned by Sarah Durrant. Sarah has 23 years of experience in the information industry working for publishers, intermediaries, libraries, consortia, and research institutes. Through Red Sage, Sarah provides research, business development, coaching, mentoring, and training services. Sarah runs the popular Licensing and Negotiation Skills for Librarians course on behalf of UKSG. She is increasingly engaged in coaching and leadership and development work, helping organisations and individuals adapt, innovate, and thrive within the dynamic information landscape.