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March 10, 2006

You Decide

Is Dan Greenstein a publisher or isn't he? Does it matter? What constitutes a publisher these days?

Posted by kimballs at March 10, 2006 05:03 PM


Well, we call blogging publishing, yes?

Posted by: jenngrahamx@yahoo.com at March 10, 2006 05:10 PM

I'm not sure, but word in the reception room was that Dan too has pretty good hair -- by either publisher or librarian standards. Must be the California water.

Posted by: mbonn at March 10, 2006 08:26 PM

I'm sure Dan was being facetious in claiming not to be either a librarian or a publisher, but since I'm the one who invited him (that's 'Willett' with two t's, Dan), I'll just copy a few phrases from the CDL website :

* Enables the experimental publication of scholarly output in open-access repositories.
* Forges partnerships with university presses and societies to digitally publish scholarly works.

And from the eScholarship editions website:

* More than 1,400 electronic editions of academic books have been published online at the eScholarship Editions web site.

Now, this sounds a lot of how a publisher would describe itself.

And as for him not being a librarian, well, I can only point to his title:
"University Librarian for Systemwide Library Planning and the CDL"

I'm not sure qualifies or disqualifies someone from being a librarian in this crazy, mixed-up world, but I think heading a major university research library probably qualifies.

Posted by: pwillett at March 11, 2006 05:52 PM

Okay, okay. I was being facetious at times, and I am more than a little embarassed by inappropriate use of the terminal "s".

In case it helps clarify... the CDL's publishing support services are offered as enabling technologies - that is, as means which others can use to publish to the web content that is important to them. CDL does not engage at all in selection, peer review, editorial, or even badging decisions. These are all left to our users. Our tools are theory (or publishing) neutral. Folks can use them for good or ill effect (we think universally good of course).

Our engagement with OCA is rather different. There we are working with the Internet Archive and with support of a variety of other parties to digitize hldings from our collections. In part because of our constrained financial resources (and in part because results are good for morale) we are focusing our efforts on discrete chunks - American literature, American biography, etc. In this regard we engage extensively with the content making decisions about what to include and what not to. Is that publishing or curation? I'm not certain, but it is qualitatively different engagement with the content than that which is entailed in the provision of our publishing support services (where there is, in effect, none).

Posted by: daniel.greenstein at March 11, 2006 11:40 PM

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