SCAP will host the Stellenbosch University Library Repository team at UCT today for a seminar and discussion on the role of the library as publisher. This discussion forms part of a series of institutional conversations exploring the dynamic relationship between content management, digital curation, e-research and scholarly communication.
The meeting will be held at UCT Library and will include Library managers and a cohort of Subject Librarians, as well representatives from the UCT Research Office, ICTS and the OpenUCT initiative.
A number of important questions are under discussion. Open access dissemination models are increasingly being understood as crucial for optimum participation in the digital environment. What are all the things we need to look at in this disruptive process? What does an African university need to do to stay abreast and participate? Who are the stakeholders?
In addressing these questions, the Stellenbosch presentation will focus on the Stellenbosch University strategic vision, open access publication strategy, and IT approach for optimal interoperability and channeling of digital content.
The Stellenbosch University Repository is one of the top IR on the African continent, and operates on the approach of a strong cohesive relationship between policy, implementation/community and IT. The SU Library is innovating a strategic approach around linking the IR and the university journal publishing operation (hosted on Open Journal Systems) as part of a strategic e-resources strategy for the purpose of integrating publishing functionality into institutional content management. We are eager to learn from our Stellenbosch colleagues and look forward to more collaboration in this area.