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Eroding Library Role? April 20, 2010

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There was an interesting article published in Inside Higher Ed about Eroding Library Role  & its Implications for Open Access. The article is based on a report released by the nonprofit group Ithaka S+R.“The declining visibility and importance of traditional roles for the library and librarian may lead to the faculty primarily perceiving the library as a budget line, rather than an active intellectual partner,”

You can read the full text of the article here. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/04/07/survey 

You can also read the full Ithaka report: “Faculty Survey 2009″
http://www.ithaka.org/ithaka-s-r/research/faculty-surveys-2000-2009/faculty-survey-2009

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Jayati

UNC Library Faculty Open Access Resolution December 11, 2009

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The faculty of the University of Northern Colorado Libraries unanimously adopted an  open access resolution on December 2, 2009.

Here’s an excerpt:

Library Faculty Open Access Resolution—December 2, 2009

 

We, the faculty of University Libraries of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) resolve the following:

1. To disseminate our scholarship as broadly as possible.  We endeavor to make our scholarly work openly accessible in conformance with open access principles.  Whenever possible, we make our scholarship available in digital format, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. 

 2. To deposit our scholarly work in our institutional repository, Digital UNC at the earliest possible opportunity.

 3. To seek publishers whose policies allow us to make our research freely available online.  When a publisher’s policies do not allow us to make our research freely available online, we resolve to engage in good faith negotiations with the publisher to allow deposit of peer-reviewed, pre- or post-print versions of our scholarly work in Digital UNC. This resolution, however, gives us the latitude and individual discretion to publish where we deem necessary, given our career goals, intended audience, and other reasonable factors. 

The resolution applies to the scholarly works authored and co-authored while faculty are employed at UNC Libraries, beginning with works published or submitted for publication after December 2, 2009. The works encompassed by this resolution include journal articles and conference proceedings.  We encourage the deposit of other scholarly work, including but not limited to book chapters and conference presentations.

This open access resolution will be reviewed by faculty of the University Libraries after one year.

Approved unanimously December 2, 2009

Jayati

OA Policy at Trinity University October 27, 2009

Posted by scunc in Open Access, Scholarly Communication.
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Trinity University’s faculty members adopts an open access policy to allow them to bypass some publication restrictions while sharing their scholarly research with the broader academic community.

Trinity is the first small, primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution to pass an open access policy. The only other U.S. universities to implement such policies are Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Kansas. Diane Graves, Trinity University Librarian, professor, and chair of the Faculty Senate, said she hoped the Trinity model would be emulated by others in higher education.

To read the press release, please click here.

Jayati

Library Faculty Open Access Mandate June 25, 2009

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Three groups of library faculty have adopted declarations of open access mandate for the content they produce, either work-related or professional/scholarly contributions:

University of Oregon Library Faculty. IR Deposit, CC license. (via)

The University of Michigan Library. CC license to materials such as “bibliographies, research guides, lesson plans, and technology tutorials.” (via)

Oregon State University Libraries. IR deposit. (Via Dorothea in the comments)

I hope we will see many more OA mandate adopted by library faculty in near future.For more information please click here.

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Jayati

Farewell to printed monograph April 17, 2009

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The University of Michigan Press is announced couple of weeks ago that it will shift its scholarly publishing from being primarily a traditional print operation to one that is primarily digital.
Press officials expect well over 50 of the 60-plus monographs that the press publishes each year — currently in book form — to be released only in digital editions within two years. Readers will still be able to use print-on-demand systems to read a print monograph. However, the digital monograph will be the primary way of publication. While many university presses are experimenting with digital publishing, the Michigan announcement probably the first one by a major university press.

Please click here to read the full article in Inside HigherEd.
Jayati

NIH Public Access Policy February 27, 2009

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“Last week, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (Rep. John Conyers, D-MI) re-introduced a bill that would reverse the NIH Public Access Policy and make it impossible for other federal agencies to put similar policies into place. The legislation is H.R. 801: the “Fair Copyright in Research Works Act” (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.111hr801 ). For more information please visit the page here.

Also, ten associations and advocacy groups, including AALL, ACRL, ALA, ARL, and GWLA, have sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee opposing the bill (http://tinyurl.com/bf5onu  )

Read the linked pages for more information.

Thanks, Jayati

Videos to support Open Access December 5, 2008

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As part of the October 14th Open Access Day celebration, six 1- minute videos presentations from a Teacher, Librarian, Funder, Student, Physician Scientist and a Patient Advocate were produced to show why Open Access Matters to them.

Please click here to view these short videos.

Enjoy!

Jayati

APS Announces Physics, Free, Online Publication October 2, 2008

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The American Physical Society is the world’s largest professional body of physicists, announces the formal launch of Physics, http://physics.aps.org/ free, new, online publication. Physics will highlight and provide commentary on selected papers from among the extensive publications of Physical Review Letters and the Physical Review series. This will make it even easier to find the best literature in physics.

Jayati

First Open Access Day September 2, 2008

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The first international Open Access Day to be held on October 14, 2008 organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Students for FreeCulture. The Open Access Day will create a key opportunity for the higher education community and the general public to understand more clearly the opportunities of wider access and use of content.

Librarians and student organizers are invited to host meetings around the broadcast. To see a list of participating campuses and to sign up, visit the Open Access Day Web site at http://www.openaccessday.org.

Jayati

 

Copyright E-learning Session August 28, 2008

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ACRL is offering ‘Copyright and the Library Part 2: Library, Classroom and Other Issues Including the DMCA (Sections 512 and 1201)’, an on-line seminar to gain better understanding of how copyright law affects library practice, as well as assess their institutions. The registration for the seminar is open now.

Please click here for more information.

Jayati

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