|Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship
Report of the ACRL Task Force on Electronic Publishing:
Bioscience and Natural Resources Library
University of California, Berkeley
In the Fall 1995, the ACRL Publications Committee established a task
force to look at the status of electronic publications within ACRL. The
charge to the ACRL Task Force on Electronic Publishing read as follows:
To investigate current electronic publishing activity in ACRL; to
identify for the Publications Committee the pertinent issues of policy
and practice in this area; and make whatever recommendations the Task
Force deems fitting.
The Task Force was chaired by Ann Schaffner of Brandeis University; Hugh
Thompson from ACRL and Norma Kobzina from U.C. Berkeley assisted in the
preparation of the report. After several drafts, which were looked at by
the Publications Committee and the various ACRL Editorial Boards as well
as Section and Committee Chairs, the final report was approved at the
Annual Meeting in July 1996.
Since STS is actively involved in electronic publishing (and ISTL is our
first electronic effort), it seemed appropriate to publish the report in
its entirety. The following is a brief summary of the major issues and
- Quality and imprint: Definition of ACRL imprint,
maintaining quality, new problems inherent in electronic publishing, new
organizational structures and roles.
- Copyright: Modification of current copyright policies;
authors posting works on pre-print servers of Web sites.
- Production/Management/Financial: Will electronic
publishing change our financial base; what new costs will be created; how
do we maintain an archival record; what sorts of materials are appropriate
for electronic publishing?
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
- The goal of ACRL publications is unchanged--it must support ACRL's
services to its members and the academic community.
- Electronic publication should be encouraged, and existing print
publications should be converted to electronic format on a phased-in
- Development of new electronic-only publications should be explored.
- Formal peer-review is still essential.
- Editorial boards and the Publications Committee will retain oversight.
- ACRL should provide support services such as training, a location for
these publications, and standards and procedures.
- ACRL should work with ALA to develop new copyright policies.
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- Conversion of print publications must be preceded by a finanacial
- ACRL should provide a stable, secure archive of all electronic