Category: Open Access

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication Volume 5, General Issue – new articles

Source: Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Books and the OA effect: One publisher’s perspective – OASPA

From Ros Pyne, Head of Policy and Development, Open Research at Springer Nature

Where there are undeniable challenges in introducing a sustainable OA books model, we also see opportunities to drive open access forward and advance discovery through experimentation. As of October 2017, Springer Nature has published more than 400 open access books on SpringerLink, from our SpringerOpen and Palgrave Macmillan imprints. This means that we have a solid and growing dataset from which to investigate the so-called ‘OA effect’.

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Source: Books and the OA effect: One publisher’s perspective – OASPA

Who posted all those articles to ResearchGate anyway? | Scholarly Communications @ Duke

From David Hansen, J.D.:

You may have heard about recent legal action against ResearchGate brought by several large academic publishers organized under name of the “Coalition for Responsible Sharing” (Elsevier, Wiley, Wolters Kluwer, Brill, and ACS). Some of its members filed a lawsuit against ResearchGate and sent ResearchGate copyright takedown notices for many articles posted there. There are some good summaries of the dispute already, including this one by Mike Wolfe at UC Davis and this one on Science Magazine Online.

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Source: Scholarly Communications @ Duke – Discussions about the changing world of scholarly communications and copyright

A Look Back at Open Access Week 2017 | ACRL TechConnect

From Margaret Heller via ACRL TechConnect Blog:

This year’s Open Access Week at my institution was a bit different than before. With our time constrained by conference travel and staff shortages leaving everyone over-scheduled, we decided to aim for a week of “virtual programming”, with a week of blog posts and an invitation to view our open access research guide. While this lacked the splashiness of programming in prior years, in another way it felt important to do this work in this way. Yes, it may well be that only people already well-connected to the library saw any of this material. But promotion of open access requires a great deal of self-education among librarians or other library insiders before we can promote it more broadly. For many libraries, it may be the case that there are only a few “open access” people, and Open Access Week ends up being the only time during the year the topic is addressed by the library as a whole.

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Source: A Look Back at Open Access Week 2017

v29 #4 Community-Led Teaching and Learning: Designing an Open Educational Resource for Scholarly Communication and Legal Issues | Against The Grain

From Josh Bolick,  Maria Bonn, and Will Cross via Against the Grain:

The open educational resources (OER) movement is growing at a rapid pace — not as rapidly as prices for textbooks have risen over the course of the last decades, and not rapidly enough to yet meet the exigent needs of students, many of whom take educational risks to alleviate costs by forgoing required materials.1  As discussed in last year’s Against the Grain special issue,2 in order to support those students, libraries and librarians have become staunch advocates for open education and open textbooks.  Yet, our community often still relies upon commercial textbooks for our own professionalization.  This is especially true for legal issues like copyright and privacy, which — when they are offered at all — often borrow textbooks that reflect the overpriced nature of law school textbook prices.

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Source: v29 #4 Community-Led Teaching and Learning: Designing an Open Educational Resource for Scholarly Communication and Legal Issues | Against The Grain

Open Access Without Tears – 2017 Edition | Library Babel Fish

From Barbara Fister/Library Babel Fish blog:

A couple of years ago, I wrote up a few ways you can make your work open access without breaking the bank, breaking the law, or risking your reputation. In honor of Open Access Week, I thought I’d review and update those suggestions. It seems especially timely, given how routine it has become for some academics to post their articles on ResearchGate and Academia.edu and how, suddenly, publishers are seeing this as a serious threat. You don’t want to rely on a commercial startup to share knowledge, especially if it leads to take-down notices. There are plenty of good options.

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Source: Open Access Without Tears – 2017 Edition | Library Babel Fish

DPLA Exchange Offers Library-Centered Ebook Marketplace – DPLA

By DPLA Interim Executive Director Michele Kimpton, Ebook Consultant Micah May, and Ebook Program Manager Michelle Bickert

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is proud to unveil a pilot program to test a new model for a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace for popular ebooks, together with free public domain and openly-licensed ebooks. The DPLA Exchange (exchange.dp.la), will allow staff at six pilot libraries to log in and start selecting ebooks from over a hundred thousand licensed titles and thousands more that are openly-licensed.  The new program will be administered through a partnership with LYRASIS, which will provide the hosting and other technology resources.

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Source: Digital Public Library of America » Blog Archive » DPLA Exchange Offers Library-Centered Ebook Marketplace