The Evolving Scholarly Record: Scope, Stakeholders, and Stewardship

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The scholarly record is increasingly digital and networked, as well as expanding in both the volume and diversity of the material it contains. The long-term future of the scholarly record cannot be effectively secured with traditional stewardship models developed for print materials. In this talk, Brian will discuss highlights from the recent OCLC Research reports The Evolving Scholarly Record and Stewardship of the Evolving Scholarly Record: From the Invisible Hand to Conscious Coordination, with special emphasis on the ways the scholarly record is changing in a digital, networked environment; how "consciously coordinated" stewardship models can support the long-term availability of an increasingly diverse, complex, and distributed scholarly record; and the important issues academic libraries will face in pursuing their traditional mission of securing the scholarly record in its fullest expression for future generations.


Brian joined OCLC Research in 1996. Since that time, he has worked on projects in many areas, including digital preservation, cooperative print management, and data-mining of bibliographic resources. He was a co-founder of the working group that developed the PREMIS Data Dictionary for preservation metadata, and served as co-chair of a US National Science Foundation blue-ribbon task force on economically sustainable digital preservation. Brian's academic background is in economics; he has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics. Brian's current research interests include stewardship of the evolving scholarly record, analysis of collective collections, and the system-wide organization of library resources.