Fortunately, entrenched practices and tensions in scholarly publishing are being met with equal levels of enthusiasm and energy as evidenced by the nearly 1,000 attendees at the SSP (Society for Scholarly Publishing) 36th Annual Meeting in Boston earlier this year. One session at the conference seemed in particular to illustrate the atmosphere in which most members of the information community find themselves. From the viewpoint of Korey Jackson, Grey Family Chair for Innovative Library Services at Oregon State University, his greatest challenges are the barriers to innovation posed by conservative adherence to traditional forms of output -- that is, books and journals. Jackson also noted that capital is generally the area in which conflict arises between publisher and librarian. Therefore, the key words at SSP this year were "collaboration" and "innovation," with the recognition that there is resistance to those concepts when they are added to the overload of day-to-day activity.
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