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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

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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

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

The Stanford School of Education adopted an OA mandate July 11, 2008

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The School of Education faculty at Stanford University unanimously approved the new “open access” policy in June, the first education school in the nation to enact a mandatory policy. The School of Education at Stanford recently adopted a policy requiring its faculty members to make their scholarly articles available for free to the public.

Jayati

Newest SPARC innovators June 27, 2008

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SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) announced yesterday that the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University as the newest SPARC Innovators for their unanimous vote in support of a policy that ensures Open Access to the faculty’s published research results.

The Harvard faculty the first in the U.S. to embrace an Open Access directive on February 12 and the first to grant permission to the university to make their articles openly available. Now there is growing concern among faculty that traditional publishing processes are not ensuring maximum access to their research. The Harvard FAS vote and Open Access policy emerged at this crucial time. To read the full article please click here.

Jayati

Scholars Without Borders June 3, 2008

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A list of peer-reviewed Open Access Journals published in India and the subcontinent has created by Scholars Without Borders. Scholars without Borders are a bookstore for academic books from India as well as from different parts of the world. Also for down loadable digital Books, Journals, and Documentaries.  For more information, please visit their page here.

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Jayati

Webcast on NIH Public Access Policy March 18, 2008

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The “Institutional Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy: Ensuring Deposit” webcast is now available as an archive at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=46166. This is a free open access webcast, however, registration is required. This webcast focuses on new Public Access Policy adopted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The policy requires that researchers need to submit their articles in PubMed Central., effective from April 7, 2008

For more information, please visit here.

Jayati

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