Kent Anderson

This week we've featured two posts (here and here) which discuss the impact that large commercial publishers are having on libraries. The question was raised in our Comments-if "big deals" and sometimes ruthless business practices are problematic for libraries and the academic community as a whole, then why continue to do business with them? As Rick Anderson responded, the marketplace remains somewhat distorted, with poor signaling between those paying for journals and those using journals (his post discussing this in detail is worth reading).

Workflow is a new buzzword, and its prominence has come about because it speaks to real needs and may deliver real benefits. Consider the situation of a typical publishing organization. This organization has had a workflow in place for many years; it was so thoroughly in place, so entrenched, that no one even thought of it as a workflow. It was simply how we do things here. It was only when things started changing around it, when new technology began to open up new possibilities, that workflow was viewed as such and analyzed carefully.

As 2013 draws to a close, it's time for a quick look at the state of The Scholarly Kitchen. Pardon us this indulgent navel-gazing, it's in the nature of blogs and social media in general to spend a certain amount of time staring admirably at oneself in the mirror.

Good article in The Scholarly Kitchen by Kent Anderson, CEO/Publisher of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.  Here’s an excerpt: Abundance creates one of the perceptual challenges for all involved — the perception that electronic resources are much cheaper and more abundant than physical items. In the age of scarcity, a publisher could sell one [...]

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