Category Archives: SPARC

OpenCon–leading the charge for openness and collaboration

OpenCon 2014 took place November 15th to the 17th. The text below was in an email from ARL/SPARC as a Special Member Communication.

The goal of OpenCon was to convene those in the next generation leading the charge for openness in research and education, energize them by bringing them together with peers and leaders in the community, and support them in their advocacy efforts after the meeting – particularly in projects done in collaboration with their libraries.

ACRL Scholarly Communication Discussion Group

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Washington State Convention Center, Room 606-607

“The ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion group will expand on the ideas presented at Saturday’s SPARC Forum regarding ‘Impact Factors and Article Level Metrics’. We will discuss new roles, services, and collaborative opportunities that libraries can participate in to further awareness of altmetrics and extend support for open access initiatives on their campus.”

New Open Access Statement from SPARC/SOROS/BOAI

From SPARC/ARL — Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online

WASHINGTON — In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition today issued new guidelines ( that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health.

The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement (, which has worked for the past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers.

and more.

“Library Publishing Services” research report from ARL SPARC

This is from the Introduction of Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success by Raym Crow, October Ivins, Allyson Mower, Daureen Nesdill, Mark Newton, Julie Speer, and Charles Watkinson.

Recognizing that library publishing services represent one part of a complex ecology of scholarly communication, Purdue University Libraries, in collaboration with the Libraries of Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Utah, secured an IMLS National Leadership Grant under the title “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success.” The project, conducted between October 2010 and September 2011, seeks to advance the professionalism of library-based publishing by identifying successful library publishing strategies and services, highlighting best practices, and recommending priorities for building capacity.

The project has four components: 1) a survey of librarians designed to provide an overview of current practice for library publishing programs (led by consultant October Ivins); 2) a report presenting best practice case studies of the publishing programs at the partner institutions (written by consultant Raym Crow); 3) a series of workshops held at each participating institution to present and discuss the findings of the survey and case studies; and 4) a review of the existing literature on library publishing services. The results of these research threads are pulled together in this project white paper.

Click on the contents tab to see the various sections of the report.

ARL SPARC Open Access Meeting starts today #SPARC2012

One of the editors of Collaborative Librarianship (Joe Kraus) is attending the 2012 SPARC Open Access Meeting.  The subtitle of the meeting is “Collaborative Strategies for Advancing Scholarship.”  Follow along with the discussion using the Twitter hashtag #SPARC2012.

Article – The impact of open access on research and scholarship

Heather Joseph from the Association of Research Libraries and SPARC reflects on the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference in the February 2012 C&RL News article.

Heather Joseph, The impact of open access on research and scholarship: Reflections on the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference, College and Research Libraries News, February 2012 73:83-87

She noted that:

Both new and established businesses are taking advantage of the open environment to build analytic and research productivity tools on top of open access article content. Some, such as Mendeley, a company that provides research article management and a research collaboration environment, would not exist without a robust corpus of open-access articles to build on.


Shared goals across communities working for greater openness in other areas of the research process (such as data, teaching, and even the basic conduct of science) are becoming more apparent. Opportunities for new, productive collaborations abound.