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Talks Continue Between U California and Elsevier | Inside Higher Ed

From Scott Jaschik via Inside Higher Ed:

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“Jan. 31 was a deadline set by the University of California System for its negotiations with Elsevier, but the talks continue. The University of California System is engaged in a high-stakes battle with Elsevier, the publishing giant whose contract with the UC system was slated to expire at the end of December 2018. With UC threatening to walk away unless it wins substantial changes in the way Elsevier charges for journal access, many see the showdown as significant. Late in December, UC announced that it agreed with Elsevier on a one-month extension to the contract that is expiring. A university statement said that the extension was part of a “good-faith effort to conclude negotiations by January 31.””

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Public Domain Manifesto | COMMUNIA

From the COMMUNIA group:

“Public Domain, as we understand it, is the wealth of information that is free from the barriers to access or reuse usually associated with copyright protection, either because it is free from any copyright protection or because the right holders have decided to remove these barriers. It is the raw material from which new knowledge is derived and new cultural works are created.

 The Public Domain Manifesto aims at reminding citizens and policy-makers of a common wealth that, since it belongs to all, it is often defended by no-one. In a time where we for the first time in history have the tools to enable direct access to most of our shared culture and knowledge it is important that policy makers and citizens strengthen the legal concept that enables free and unrestricted access and reuse.”

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Learned Publishing : Vol 32 , No 1 | Wiley Online Library

From Learned Publishing:

“In recognition of this 30th year of Learned Publishing, we invited contributions from a wide diversity of contributors who could bring an evidence base and fresh thinking to some of our most dearly held beliefs and current topics of debate.”

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Source: Learned Publishing : Vol 32 , No 1

More Scholarly Communications Consolidation as Institutional Repository Provider DuraSpace Merges into Lyrasis – The Scholarly Kitchen

From Roger C. Schonfeld via the Scholarly Kitchen:

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OER as an Institutional Survival Strategy | Confessions of a Community College Dean

From Matt Reed via Inside Higher Learning’s Confessions of a Community College Dean blog:

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“With The Boy in the midst of his college search — so far 6 acceptances, 1 deferral, and 1 yet to report — I’m becoming fluent in the difference between “tuition and fees” and “total cost of attendance.” The latter figure, which includes everything except opportunity cost, is the one that matters. It’s what we actually have to figure out how to cover. In nearly every case, of course, the published COA is otherworldly and insane; I’m looking at COA after whatever grants are applied. But still, what matters from here is not how the bill is broken out, but what the bottom line is.

I don’t think my family is unique in that.

That’s where wide adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) can be an institutional survival strategy.”

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SoA demands Internet Archive stops lending books ‘unlawfully’ | The Bookseller

 

From Katie Mansfield via The Bookseller:

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“The Society of Authors has demanded the Internet Archive’s Open Library stops lending books “unlawfully” online in the UK, arguing the US practice of Controlled Digital Lending is a breach of copyright.

In an open letter, the trade body urged the San Francisco-based Internet Archive to immediately discontinue the practice of lending scanned copies of physical books on its site. “There is no legal basis for the practice of scanning books without permission or lending them in the UK,” said the SOA. “Despite this, users in the UK are currently able to borrow scanned copies of physical books from Open Library. That is a direct and actionable infringement of copyright.””

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost | EdSurge News

From Jeffrey R. Young and Sydney Johnson via EdSurge News:

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“Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving.”

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Source: As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost | EdSurge News

Open Access 2018: A Year of Funders and Universities Drawing Lines in the Sand | Absolutely Maybe

From Hilda Bastian via Absolutely Maybe:

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“This is the sixth year I’ve rounded up the year in open access – and it was the most remarkable. When the year began, the world’s largest academic publisher, Elsevier, had increased their annual profits, with an operating profit approaching US$1.2 billion in science, technology, and medicine – a profit margin of over 36%. [PDF] By year’s end, a hefty chunk of the world’s research community was walking away from big subscription deals with Elsevier and others.”

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DPLA receives $1.5 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation | DPLA

From DPLA:

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“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA a $1.5 million grant. The grant will enable DPLA to expand its efforts to provide an improved ebook experience for patrons through their libraries, building on its cultural heritage aggregation program.”
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Source: DPLA receives $1.5 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation | DPLA

Library Consortia Partner on Innovative Institutional Repository Solutions

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, Inc. (PALNI) is developing collaborative instances of two open-source institutional repository platforms, Islandora and Hyku, via partnerships with the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI). The work will include analyzing and improving the functionality and capacity of the software to support collaboration. To benefit the wider community, all developments from the partnerships will be openly available for adaptation.

Both projects support PALNI’s collaborative and community approach on four levels by:

  1. Sharing scholarship and digital content from our institutions with the world
  2. Developing open-source, community-owned tools
  3. Collaborating to host and maintain tools in shared server space
  4. Sharing expertise in metadata, mapping, user experience design, workflow design, and collections across consortia participants

Institutional Repositories (IRs) perform a valuable function by creating open access to campus scholarship, and by doing so demonstrating library value and the value of the institution as a whole, however only fifteen percent of PALNI’s supported institutions currently have an IR system. Sixty-five percent of PALNI members indicated a desire to participate in a collaborative repository, highlighting a strong need for this service.

PALNI Executive Director Kirsten Leonard noted, “The ability to control costs and build scalable, collaborative workflows are two essential elements for a sustainable PALNI Institutional Repository service, and lead PALNI to develop the Hyku and Islandora partnerships. We aim to reduce IR costs to support all of the twenty-four PALNI institutions for roughly the same average cost of a single IR instance.” Leonard added, “Collaborative tools and partnerships can benefit institutions of all sizes by sharing infrastructure and administrative costs.”

PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford conducted assessments and environmental scans to assess the needs of PALNI institutions:  “Ultimately we aim to create a consortial IR service individual libraries may use, customize, and brand as their own, while sharing underlying infrastructure costs and administration across consortia. We want a solution with a sustainable and controllable cost structure that functions as a true IR.”

These two IR softwares each have unique strengths, allowing PALNI to test different aspects of consortial partnership and service provision. Hyku and Islandora repository platforms have different foci, communities, and opportunities. Islandora is a mature product and PALNI will benefit from WRLC’s knowledge and optimization. Hyku is a native multi-tenancy architecture. With additional development the software will support multiple consortia and collaborative workflows. By exploring both platforms, PALNI is able to proactively ensure that the consortium can meet multiple priorities in the IR and digital collection management software spaces while doubly contributing to the open source and open access communities in a practical, innovative, and collaborative fashion.

PALNI and WRLC have completed the first phase of the Islandora implementation with a summer 2019 completion expected. PALNI will complete the initial Hyku pilot near the end of 2019.


Source: Library Consortia Partner on Innovative Institutional Repository Solutions