Tag Archives: Open Access

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.


Librarians and the Linguistic Society of America

The Linguistic Society of America featured an Open Access Publishing symposium at their annual conference. Librarians from MIT and Boston University contributed to the presentation. Slides and accompanying audio pieces are available for review. Library Journal did a terrific job of aggregating all the pertinent links in one spot. http://www.infodocket.com/2013/02/07/scholarly-publishing-audio-and-slide-presentations-from-lsa-open-access-symposium/

Scholarly communication, collections, and collaboration

The Collection Management Section of ALCTS and the ACRL Science and Technology Section are hosting a forum at ALA Midwinter:

Title: Scholarly Communication and Collections: From Crisis to Creative Response
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2012
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel – Compass South Room

Over the past decade, consolidation of the publishing industry, accompanied by unsustainable pricing models has created a crisis in scholarly communication that affects universities, libraries, faculty, and students. Nationally and internationally, libraries are being forced to decrease access to scholarly publishing due to increasing journal costs and declining budgets. In response, libraries and scholars have taken a leadership role in the area of open access to deal with the crisis and attempt to make the current model more sustainable. As libraries continue to lead open access efforts, it is important to educate librarians on the issues of scholarly communication so they can collaborate with faculty and become a part of an effective scholarly communication program. In addition, it is vital for libraries to have a formalized strategy to incorporate open access into collection development policies and activities to continue this momentum. The ALCTS Collection Management Section and the ACRL Science and Technology Section are co-sponsoring a Forum to discuss these issues.

Speakers include:
Robin Champeiux – Oregon Health Sciences University
Lori Critz – Georgia Institute of Technology

Generation Y doctoral students and collaboration

JISC recently released this report.

Researchers of Tomorrow: The research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students

Researchers of Tomorrow is the UK’s largest study to date on the research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students (born between 1982 and 1994). JISC and the British Library jointly commissioned the three year study in 2009, which involved 17,000 doctoral students from 70 universities at various stages in the project.

Our research findings reveal:

  • Doctoral students are increasingly reliant on secondary research resources (eg journal articles, books), moving away from primary materials (eg primary archival material and large datasets).
  • Access to relevant resources is a major constraint for doctoral students’ progress. Authentication access and licence limitations to subscription-based resources, such as e-journals, are particularly problematic.
  • Open access and copyright appear to be a source of confusion for Generation Y doctoral students, rather than encouraging innovation and collaborative research. [emphasis added.]
  • This generation of doctoral students operate in an environment where their research behaviour does not use the full potential of innovative technology.
  • Doctoral students are insufficiently trained or informed to be able to fully embrace the latest opportunities in the digital information environment.

These findings raise important questions about research development, training and support within research led organisations and the openness and sharing of research.

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.

Videos from the Science Online 2011 Conference

Many of the sessions at the 2011 Science Online Conference dealt with collaboration between scientists and people in information science and librarianship.  Only about half of the 20 videos have been loaded so far, but these three sessions from Saturday, January15th are ready for your viewing pleasure.

The Digital Toolbox from Smartley-Dunn on Vimeo.

The way that science is done is radically changing. The digital age has transformed the means in which we collate, create and curate and disseminate information – from scholarly articles and datasets to protocols and biological materials. But there still remain gaps in fully utilizing technology, and we’re not nearly there yet. Many of the existing tools are inadequate, clunky, or not designed with the users needs in mind. This session will explore the underlying infrastructure, tools and technology needed by researchers to help make their everyday work more efficient.

Room C 02 Data Discoverability: Institutional Support Strategies from Smartley-Dunn on Vimeo.

Funding agencies are increasingly calling upon researchers to make data available beyond that shared in publications. Without guidelines stipulating deposit in specific repositories, responsibility for developing data management plans falls upon researchers and institutions. Join Kiyomi Deards, Molly Keener, and Steve Koch for a moderated discussion of how researchers and institutional constituents can collaborate to ensure sustainable data management strategies are developed.

What’s Keeping Us from Open Science? Is It the Powers That Be, Or Is It… Us? from Smartley-Dunn on Vimeo.

There’s been a lot of talk about open science — the need to not only make all science publications open-access, but to change current research, publication, and reputational structures to take full advantage of the internet, and to accelerate and enrich the flow and development of scientific data, idea, findings, and discussion. But what’s holding us back? What changes need be made to ensure a) free and open access to scientific results and publications and b) a more free, open, faster flow of scientific information? Can we just start publishing papers on blogs and let the hivemind replace peer review? Do open notebooks really work? How can we encourage scientists to contribute by reviewing and commenting on others’ work rather than focusing just on “the paper”? We’ll discuss these questions, as well as a) where the current bottlenecks are b) key functions served by current structures (such as publishing, peer review, and credit/reputation systems) that need to be replaced in an open system; and c) ideas and efforts already underway to serve those new functions.

Collaboration at the University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa Press and the University of Ottawa Library collaborate on providing open access to 36 ebooks.

The details are provided in this PDF press release.

Developed in collaboration with the University of Ottawa Library, the open access collection will be available in PDF format through the University of Ottawa’s institutional repository, uO Research, which can be searched by title, author, date or keyword.

Thanks Gary for the note.