Restructuring and formalizing: Scholarly communication as a sustainable growth opportunity in information agencies?

A. J. Million, Cynthia Hudson-Vitale, Heather Moulaison Sandy

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Emerging technologies are revolutionizing the field of scholarly communication. Because of this, scholars increasingly need specialized support during all stages of the research process. With the academic library as the unit of analysis, two concepts from Rogers' Diffusion of Innovation theory and organizational innovation literature are drawn upon to assess the sustainability of scholarly communication work in libraries. These concepts are organizational restructuring and formalization. Data on Association of Research Libraries (ARL) employees with relevant job titles and three digital curation competencies documents are analysed. Study findings suggest that ARL information agencies have restructured to provide added research support and that skills associated with scholarly communication positions are becoming more uniform. We conclude that scholarly communication information professionals are part of a sustainable area of practice within ARL information agencies, that has matured over the past decade, and this trend is likely to continue in at least the short term.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-386
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Restructuring and formalizing: Scholarly communication as a sustainable growth opportunity in information agencies?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this