At their core, research universities are engines for knowledge creation and innovation, which includes a variety of strategies for communicating these endeavors to students, professional colleagues, and the public at large. Publishing, making public, the results of research and scholarship is a mission critical concern for CIC universities; the adage “publish or perish” not only applicable to individual scholars but to their host universities as well. The centrality of publishing for our universities suggests the need for a coherent program to encourage, support and promote the intellectual output of our campuses: a program that enhances the impact of our scholars, advances the goals of our universities, and reinforces the role of the academy as a public good. The advent of new technologies for computing, communication and their intersection creates a broad array of possibilities for achieving these programmatic goals. The CIC needs to be encouraging campus conversations about how best to harness the communication channels at our disposal to fulfill the expectations of our scholars, their peers and the broader communities that sustain us.
The 2013 CIC Library Conference is devoted to the theme of scholarly communication and publishing on our campuses. Questions we’ll be asking include:.
- To what extent—and in what direction—has there been an evolution of faculty views about publishing?
- What roles do—or might—libraries play as publishers of scholarly works?
- What are the prospects—and conditions—for the continued significance of university press publishing? Society publishing?
- What obligations do libraries and universities have to ensure a fiscally healthy commercial publishing sector?
- How are we to measure the impact (promotion and tenure interest) and value (library concern) of published scholarship?
- How is the whole notion of “published” and scholarship” evolving as new communication media come to the fore?
- What new kinds of open content – textbooks, learning modules – are also being created locally?
To address these questions, we intend to draw upon speakers from libraries, campus administration, faculty, university presses, and traditional publishing interests, as well as encouraging conference participants to pipe up and pitch in. We believe there is broad interest in these issues, and are looking forward to the opportunity to explore them in greater depth.