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Academic Book of the Future - Maja Maricevic - British Library

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A town meeting was held at the British Library to launch the call for The Academic Book of the Future. This call, in association with the British Library, relates to the AHRC's Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme. The call’s aim is to explore the future of the academic book in the context of open access publishing and the digital revolution. A single consortium will be funded through this scheme, with total project costs up to a value of £450k FEC, with AHRC providing 80% of the costs, and lasting up to 24 months from October 2014.

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Academic Book of the Future - Maja Maricevic - British Library

  1. 1. Academic Book of the Future Maja Maricevic Head of Higher Education #AcadBookFuture @MajaMaricevic
  2. 2. Academic Book of the Future • Exploring the future of academic book (including monographs, edited collections, critical editions etc) • Considering the wider landscape of scholarly communications in the context of changing digital technologies and open access. • Addressing the implications for academic book production, research process, publication process, libraries and readers Collaborating www.bl.uk 2
  3. 3. Today Times Topic 10.00 – 10.15 Registration/refreshments 10.15 – 10.30 Welcome and introduction from the British Library Maja Maricevic, Head of Higher Education, British Library 10.30 – 10.45 Introduction from the Arts and Humanities Research Council Emma Wakelin, Associate Director, AHRC 10.45 – 11.00 The key challenges the project will explore Anne Jarvis, Project Chair University Librarian, University of Cambridge 11.00 – 11.20 Details of the research call Pam Mason, Strategy and Development Manager, AHRC 11.20 – 12.00 Q&A about the research call All 12.00 – 12.30 Networking and discussion All www.bl.uk Speaker 3
  4. 4. The British Library • National library = research library • Committed to serving both researchers today, and future generations by collecting, preserving and providing access to scholarly content • Journal content, books, data, theses, conference proceedings, web-based outputs of research • Digital scholarship Collaborating www.bl.uk 4
  5. 5. Technology/systems/infrastructure • Legal deposit extended to material published digitally and online • Collecting digital content as a format of choice wherever possible • Extensively collecting digital audio and visual material • UK Web Archive • Digital infrastructure continuously developing But: • Technology does not stand still • Convergence of formats • Fluidity of final publication point www.bl.uk 5
  6. 6. Researchers • How will researchers produce and use academic books in the future? Current: • Growing expectations regarding convenience and access • Production and usage most often the same as for physical book (only on screen) • Most innovation outside formal publications – web and social media www.bl.uk 6
  7. 7. Researchers Future? • Portals that allow for integrated creation, submission and publication workflow • Shortening of long-form to better fit with web formats and social media • Media rich, enhanced publications • Interactive and collaborative research • Integrated data visualisation, sonification, interactive modelling, artistic content • Flexible digital formats that enable multi-layered presentation of artistic research (e.g. links of text, artistic objects, performances) www.bl.uk 7
  8. 8. Unexpected Image taken from: Title: "Advanced Text-book of Geology ... Second edition, ... enlarged" Author: PAGE, David - F.G.S Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 7108.b.50." Page: 285 Place of Publishing: Edinburgh [printed] and London Date of Publishing: 1859 Issuance: monographic Identifier: 002746984 www.bl.uk http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/11032430816/ 8
  9. 9. Academic Book of the Future The British Library’s role • Secretariat and participation on the Advisory Group • Amplify engagement and collaboration events, marketing and communication • The British Library staff expertise and knowledge sharing – depending on the requirements of the selected research team • Organisational learning Collaborating www.bl.uk 9
  10. 10. Thank you! E-mail: maja.maricevic@bl.uk @MajaMaricevic www.bl.uk 10