Category Archives: Open Access

Insights into How Faculty View Open Access

Why I Don’t Care About Open Access to Research—and Why You Should  From the Pacific Standard

Government Expands Open Access Requirements

Excerpt from Library Journal:
“Federal Spending Bill Expands Research Funding With Open Access Mandate, Restores IMLS Funding

The omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Obama on January 17 has plenty of wrinkles and details, but one of them is a change that expands the number of federal agencies operating under a mandate to make research they fund available to the public after one year.”

Open Access Textbooks

“SUNY Faculty and libraries published two free online open textbooks today; Literature, the Humanities and Humanity by Theodore Steinberg, and Native Peoples of North America by Professor Susan Stebbins, Ph.D. are being released as part of Open Access Week, a global event now in its sixth year that aims to promote open access in scholarship, research, teaching, and learning.  Continue reading

Meredith Farkas blogs on Open Access and the tenure track

Meredith Farkas links to her recent article “Library Faculty and Instructional Assessment” from the latest issue of Collaborative Librarianship in her October 23, 2013 blog post “Opening up knowledge on the tenure track“. The post is a thoughtful reflection on the current state of publishing and how it impacts the decision making of tenure track librarians.

SUNY Open Textbooks Project

The “SUNY faculty and libraries innovate to solve problems of high-cost textbooks by producing high-quality open textbooks” article from LISNews details a partnership between SUNY faculty and libraries to publish online open textbooks. Two textbooks have been released this week in celebration of Open Access Week.

Visit the SUNY Open Textbooks site to access these titles.

An Open Letter in Observance of Open Access Week 2013

October 18, 2013

To our members, colleagues, and friends:

The libraries of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Boston Library Consortium, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Triangle Research Libraries Network, and the Washington Research Library Consortium, collectively representing 62 research libraries, believe it is crucial that our libraries and universities, and the faculty and students they serve, have access to balanced information about open access publishing, the fair use of copyrighted materials, and emerging forms of scholarly communication. We believe that it is vital that content creators, content users, and libraries work together to find common ground to ensure that copyright “promote[s] progress in science and the useful arts” while at the same time providing reasonable compensation for the intellectual efforts expended to create that content.

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Collaboration needed to support communication across disciplines

Barbara Fister recently wrote “Bypassing the Sustainability Test” for Inside Higher Ed.  Within the article, she described the WAC Clearinghouse which is a collaborative project housed at Colorado State University.

She “had the good fortune this week to have a conversation with Mike Palmquist, who has had a lot to do with the Colorado State University-based WAC Clearinghouse, which has been publishing open access books and journals and other things for 16 years. He doesn’t say it’s his project, and the only title I could find to label his role is ‘founding editor.’ He does have a quite a few additional titles – Associate Vice Provost for Learning and Teaching, Professor of English, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, and director of CSU’s Institute for Learning and Teaching – so maybe he feels he has enough. But I doubt that’s it. When we talked about the Clearinghouse, he made it clear that it was a shared effort of a lot of people – currently over 100. All of them are committed to making it work the way disciplinary knowledge traditionally works, through the efforts of a loose collective of individuals who have a common curiosity and commitment to contributing to what we know about the world.”

The interview can be found at Library Journal.

Open Access continues to gain momentum

Friday, August 2, 2013
UC Office of the Academic Senate
University of California Faculty Senate Passes Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. “The Academic Council’s adoption of this policy on July 24, 2013, came after a six-year process culminating in two years of formal review and revision,” said Robert Powell, chair of the Academic Council. “Council’s intent is to make these articles widely—and freely— available in order to advance research everywhere.” Articles will be available to the public without charge via eScholarship (UC’s open access repository) in tandem with their publication in scholarly journals. Open access benefits researchers, educational institutions, businesses, research funders and the public by accelerating the pace of research, discovery and innovation and contributing to the mission of advancing knowledge and encouraging new ideas and services.

Chris Kelty, Associate Professor of Information Studies, UCLA, and chair of the UC University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC), explains, “This policy will cover more faculty and more research than ever before, and it sends a powerful message that faculty want open access and they want it on terms that benefit the public and the future of research.”

The policy covers more than 8,000 UC faculty at all 10 campuses of the University of California, and as many as 40,000 publications a year. It follows more than 175 other universities who have adopted similar so-called “green” open access policies. By granting a license to the University of California prior to any contractual arrangement with publishers, faculty members can now make their research widely and publicly available, re-use it for various purposes, or modify it for future research publications. Previously, publishers had sole control of the distribution of these articles. All research publications covered by the policy will continue to be subjected to rigorous peer review; they will still appear in the most prestigious journals across all fields; and they will continue to meet UC’s standards of high quality. Learn more about the policy and its implementation here:

UC is the largest public research university in the world and its faculty members receive roughly 8% of all research funding in the U.S. With this policy UC Faculty make a commitment to the public accessibility of research, especially, but not only, research paid for with public funding by the people of California and the United States. This initiative is in line with the recently announced White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directive requiring “each Federal Agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to results of the research funded by the Federal Government.” The new UC Policy also follows a similar policy passed in 2012 by the Academic Senate at the University of California, San Francisco, which is a health sciences campus.

“The UC Systemwide adoption of an Open Access (OA) Policy represents a major leap forward for the global OA movement and a well-deserved return to taxpayers who will now finally be able to see first-hand the published byproducts of their deeply appreciated investments in research” said Richard A. Schneider, Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of the Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication at UCSF. “The ten UC campuses generate around 2-3% of all the peer-reviewed articles published in the world every year, and this policy will make many of those articles freely available to anyone who is interested anywhere, whether they are colleagues, students, or members of the general public”

The adoption of this policy across the UC system also signals to scholarly publishers that open access, in terms defined by faculty and not by publishers, must be part of any future scholarly publishing system. The faculty remains committed to working with publishers to transform the publishing landscape in ways that are sustainable and beneficial to both the University and the public.

The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) will be a collaborative effort

The following text is from this Forbes magazine article.

Open Access To Research: An Ideal Complicated By Reality

As researchers around the world gain faster and more complete access to the work of their colleagues, the pace of scientific progress will increase and so will the benefits to society in areas like the economy, healthcare, and energy. It’s also clear to us that taxpayers, scientists or not, deserve access to the information their support has generated.

Research universities applaud the new policy and are actively involved in devising ways to comply. A group of academic organizations (the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the Association of Research Libraries) has proposed a system in which “universities will collaborate with the federal government and others to host cross-institutional digital repositories” of research publications.

More information about the Shared Access Research Ecosystem can be found in this PDF document.

The Library Publishing Coalition is a collaborative effort

Library Publishing Coalition: A Community-Driven Initiative to Advance Library Publishing by Sarah Kalikman Lippincott, Educopia Institute/Library Publishing Coalition; Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute.

This will be presented at the PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2013, August 19, 2013 – August 21, 2013.

The Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) is a new organization being founded by over 50 academic libraries to promote and support library publishing initiatives. As library publishing matures as a field, LPC aims to build a community of practice, aligning local/institutional efforts and facilitating inter-institutional collaboration.

The LPC’s distributed team of librarians, representing a wide range of institutions, is working together to design and build an organization that responds directly to the expressed needs of this community in areas such as training and professional development, networking and knowledge sharing, practical research, and advocacy. The project emerged from conversations between Purdue University, University of North Texas, Virginia Tech, and the Educopia Institute, about the need for centralized leadership in this emerging and increasingly important area.