VALA2008 Session 14 Heterick

VALA2008 Invited PaperShift happens: how the network effect, two-sided markets, and the wisdom of crowds are impacting libraries and scholarly communication

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 14: Social Networking
Thursday 7 February 2008 14:35 – 15:05
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Bruce Heterick

Director, Outreach & Participation Services, JSTOR, USA

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This session will discuss the changing nature of library services and scholarly research in the networked world. Our affiliated group of not-for-profit digital initiatives – JSTOR, ARTstor, Portico, and Aluka – has a unique perspective on this shifting environment. There is ongoing discussion about the evolving Web (or Web 2.0): the migration of the Internet from a platform to a service; the network effect that encourages (and values) contributions and collaborations; and a shift in software and services to a participatory model. This evolution is changing libraries, publishing, and scholarship. In particular, it is fundamentally changing the paradigm of scholarly communication, and this presentation will examine this change.