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Grey Literature in Institutional Repositories – IFLA

From Hiroyuki Tsunoda, Yuan Sun, Masaki Nishizawa & Xiaomin Liu, a paper presented at IFLA 2017

Abstract: An Institutional Repository (IR), according to Foster and Gibbons (2005), is an electronic system that captures, preserves, and provides access to the digital work products of a community. IRs with different types of digital content have appeared after 2000s. They aim to provide open access to institutional research output, to create global visibility for institutions’ research, and to store and preserve other institutional digital assets, including unpublished or otherwise easily lost grey literature such as theses, working papers or technical reports. In this paper we take the world top 100 universities ranked in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 as example to investigate the status of contents provided in their IRs, focusing on grey literatures self-archiving. The data was collected from the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) (, which is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories run by the University of Nottingham. Up to January 2017, there are over 3,000 repositories in the OpenDOAR that are providing their access worldwide. We found that most of the top 100 universities have established the IRs. California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, New York University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were having the largest number of IRs, each of them operating six IRs. By searching IRs of the 100 universities individually, 192 repositories for the top 100 universities were identified, indicating each university has an average of 1.92 IRs. The number of contents is about 7 million, and 700 unique document types were identified in the total institutional repositories. We classified these document types into 12 types. As expected, journal articles (43%) have highest proportion, following by theses & dissertations(13%), conference & workshop papers(8%), book chapters & sections(6%), dataset(6%), multimedia & audio-visual materials(4%) and unpublished reports & working papers(4%). It is revealed that a wide variety of grey literature have been stored in institutional repositories, making them searchable and accessible for the public and research communities. This paper will especially focus on the availability of grey literature in IRs and discuss about new roles and possible futures for librarians.

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Reasons to Open Source Your Syllabus – Chronicle of Higher Education

From Anastasia Salter via the Chronicle of Higher Education:

This semester I’m teaching a new graduate course prep. I always enjoy putting together a new syllabus, but graduate courses are particularly exciting: I always have more things I want to teach than can possibly fit into a semester. During my summer planning, I read and reread articles and gather possible materials, and consult the best reference of all: everybody else’s syllabus.


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Source: Reasons to Open Source Your Syllabus

OER: The Future of Education Is Open – Educause Review


Last March, activists in the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement and representatives of the publishing industry debated with each other at the 2017 SXSW EDU Conference and Festival. When the dust settled, the two sides agreed on two things: (1) the textbook publishing market is “broken,” and (2) the future of courseware will be increasingly digital.

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Source: OER: The Future of Education Is Open | EDUCAUSE, EDUCAUSE Review 52, no. 5 (September/October 2017)

Brazil Adopts Open Licensing in National Textbook Program – SPARC

From Nicole Allen and SPARC:

Brazil has taken a significant step toward expanding public access to publicly funded educational resources by incorporating open licensing into its national textbook program—one of the largest educational book purchasing programs in the world.

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Source: Brazil Adopts Open Licensing in National Textbook Program – SPARC

Revisiting Section 108 – Scholarly Communications @ Duke

From Scholarly Communications @ Duke:

…the U.S. Copyright Office released its long-awaited review of improvements to Section 108 of the Copyright Act, the section which grants limited, specific exceptions to copyright for libraries and archives. Over a decade ago the Office convened the Section 108 Study Group* to assess improvements to this section, and in 2008 that group produced its report. Since then (and with recent inquiries from the Office to stakeholders) we’ve been waiting to hear from the Copyright Office about its views on updates to Section 108. This Section 108 “Discussion Document” does just that.

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Source: Revisiting Section 108

On passing an open access policy at Florida State University – CR&L News

From Devin Soper via College & Research Libraries News’ Scholarly Communication Feature:

In February 2016, the Florida State University (FSU) Faculty Senate passed an institutional Open Access (OA) Policy by unanimous vote, following the lead of many public and private universities across the United States. This was the culmination of many years of outreach and advocacy by OA champions at FSU, with a diverse, talented team of faculty and librarians making significant contributions along the way.

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Source: On passing an open access policy at Florida State University

2017 ALI Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference – ALI

From the ALI Scholarly Communication Committee:

The Scholarly Communication Committee of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) is pleased to announce the ALI Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference will be held in the Ruth Lilly Auditorium at the IUPUI University Library on Friday, October 27, 2017.  Formerly the Michiana Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference, this marks the first of a new partnership with ALI and a move to a more central location.   An interdisciplinary conference, this event should be of interest to working scholarly communication librarians, library directors looking to implement scholarly communication initiatives and library school students planning on a career in academic librarianship. This year we are featuring presentations from a number of copyright and legal experts including several former Ball State Copyright Conference Presenters.

Source: 2017 ALI Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication Volume 5, General Issue

Lots of great articles from the new issue of JLSC.  Here is the table of contents:


Research Articles

Practice Articles

Theory Articles


Source: Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Journals Peer Review: Past, Present, Future – The Scholarly Kitchen

From Alice Meadows via Scholarly Kitchen in honor of Peer Review Week:


Peer review of journals has been evolving ever since it was first introduced in the seventeenth century. Today there are a multitude of peer review processes, many different flavors of review, and a wealth of new tools and services for editors and reviewers. We asked experts from three very different organizations, each with a strong commitment to peer review, to give us their thoughts on how it’s evolved in their organizations and the communities they serve, how it works today, and what it might look like in future.

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Source: Journals Peer Review: Past, Present, Future