Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Research: Faculty View of Print vs. Digital Publishing

Question: What are faculty practices and beliefs concerning print and digital publishing?

Source: Schonfeld, R. C., & Housewright, R. (2010). Faculty survey 2009: Key strategic insights for libraries, publishers, and societies. New York: Ithaka S+R. Retrieved June 14, 2010 from http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-/research/faculty-surveys-2000-2009/faculty-survey-2009Surveys faculty regarding their library access to scholarship, changes in print-to-digital knowledge sharing, and their own publishing/tenure-review process. Three thousand twenty-five survey responses…

Answer: Most faculty do not see e-books replacing print texts. Less likely to use library as primary source for research. Will use digital sources when they can. Believe journals should be digital rather than print.

Comment: Maybe I am a Luddite, but I prefer the print copies of journals for underlining, annotating, summarizing to digital publishing. Someone once said we learned long ago that scrolls were an inconvenient format for reading. Why go back to it in digital publishing? Better yet, use both formats in a complementary way as is being done with the annotated research in the journal Research in the Teaching of English (NCTE). RayS.

“Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” Richard Beach et al. Research in the Teaching of English (November 2010), Internet. Note: The editors of RTE said that so much research was available they did not want to burden the paper edition of the journal with it, so they relegated their annotated reports on research to the Internet.

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