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University of Calgary Academic Council of Library and Cultural Resources Adopts Open Access Mandate

Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Self-Archiving on May 10th, 2009

The University of Calgary's Academic Council of Libraries and Cultural Resources has adopted an open access mandate. (Thanks to Open Access News.)

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Academic Council of Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary has adopted a mandate to deposit their scholarly output in Dspace, the University’s open access scholarly repository. The repository has been in place since March 2003 and currently provides access to a broad range of scholarly output, including a growing collection of full text university theses.

Members of the Council, comprised of archivists, curators, and librarians, have long supported open access through promotions on campus such as Open Access Day, membership in SPARC and Canadian Association of Research Libraries, support for online open access journals published through the University of Calgary Press, and an active program of introducing the repository to faculty and graduate students. Libraries and Cultural Resources also funds the $100,000 Open Access Authors Fund to assist researchers to publish in open access journals.

The text of the mandate is:

"As an active member of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary endorses the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing and the Berlin Declaration.

LCR academic staff members believe that the output of our scholarly activities should be as widely disseminated and openly available as possible. Our scholarly output includes but is not limited to journal articles, books and book chapters, presentations if substantial, conference papers and proceedings, and datasets.

Effective April 17, 2009, LCR academic staff commit to

  • Deposit their scholarly output in the University of Calgary’s open access scholarly repository
  • Promote Open Access on campus and assist scholars in making their research openly available
  • Where possible, publish their research in an open-access journal"

Three New Videos on Open Access from the SPARC Video Channel

Posted in Open Access on May 10th, 2009

SPARC has released three new digital videos about open access on its SPARC Video Channel.

University of Oregon Library Faculty Adopt Open Access Mandate

Posted in Open Access on May 7th, 2009

The University of Oregon Library Faculty have unanimously adopted an open access mandate (thanks to Open Access News).

Here's the open access resolution from the announcement:

The Library Faculty of the University of Oregon are committed to disseminating the fruits of their research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty adopts the following policy:

Each Library faculty member gives to the University of Oregon nonexclusive permission to use and make available that author's scholarly articles for the purpose of open dissemination. Specifically, each Library faculty member grants a Creative Commons "Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States" license to each of his or her scholarly articles. The license will apply to all scholarly articles written while the person is a member of the Library Faculty except for any articles accepted for publication before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the Faculty member entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy. The Dean of the Libraries will waive application of the policy for a particular article upon written notification by the author, who informs the UO of the reason.

To facilitate distribution of the scholarly articles, as of the date of publication, each faculty member will make available an electronic copy of the author's final version of the article and full citation at no charge to a designated representative of the Libraries in appropriate formats (such as PDF) specified by the Libraries. After publication, the University of Oregon Libraries will make the scholarly article available to the public in the UO's institutional repository.

In March of this year, the Oregon State University Libraries faculty adopted a Library Faculty Open Access Policy.


Preprint: “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way?: Survey of Academic Librarian Attitudes about Open Access”

Posted in Open Access on May 4th, 2009

College & Research Libraries has made a preprint of "Where There’s a Will There’s a Way?: Survey of Academic Librarian Attitudes about Open Access" available. (C&RL preprints are only available prior to publication.)

Here's an excerpt:

Academic libraries are becoming increasingly involved in scholarly communication through work with institutional repositories and other open access models. While academic librarians are being encouraged to promote these new models, their opinions about open access have not been documented. This article reports on the results of a national survey conducted in the summer of 2006 of academic librarians' attitudes toward open access principles and related behaviors. While attitude responses were largely positive, there were differences in levels of support related to respondents' job descriptions and funding of open access activities. Surveyed librarians appear to be more comfortable with tasks that translate traditionally held responsibilities, such as educating others, to the open access environment. Most significant is the discrepancy between stated support of library involvement in open access initiatives and significantly lacking action toward this end. The results offer insight into how open access proponents may better focus their advocacy efforts.


Digital Videos from Columbia’s Scholarly Communication Program’s Research without Borders 2008-2009 Program

Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Communication on May 4th, 2009

A complete set of digital videos from Columbia University's Scholarly Communication Program's "Research without Borders" 2008-2009 program is now available.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The inaugural year of Research without Borders featured speakers at the forefront of the open access movement as well as experts in scholarly publishing, information policy, and copyright law. Harvard Professor Stuart Shieber kicked off the series in the fall semester, tracing the development of Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Open Access Policy. The second panel, with Marian Hollingsworth from Thomson Reuters, Jevin West of, and Johan Bollen of the MESUR project, debated the controversial Impact Factor, a metric of scholarly journals' prominence. Helen Tartar and Sanford Thatcher, leaders of Fordham and Penn State University Presses, respectively, joined Columbia Libraries' Ree DeDonato for the third event, which focused on the future of scholarly monographs.

The spring semester opened with a discussion on the benefits of open science with Bora Zivkovic of the Public Library of Science, Jean-Claude Bradley of Drexel University, and Barry Canton of OpenWetWare and Ginkgo BioWorks. In March, UCLA's Christine Borgman, author of Scholarship in the Digital Age (2007), spoke to a packed room on information infrastructure and policy. The final event explored the implications of copyright trends for research, featuring SPARC's Heather Joseph, Michael Carroll of Washington Law School at American University, and Kenneth Crews of the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office.

The Research Without Borders series will continue in the 2009-10 academic year with six new events on topics including scholarly blogging, open data, and open-access business models. Stay connected to the Program by following ScholarlyComm at, by joining the Scholarly Communication Program Facebook group, and through the iTunesU page. For more information on the Program and the series, please email Kathryn Pope at, or visit


Peter Suber Receives Joint Fellowship at Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Law School Library

Posted in Open Access, People in the News on May 3rd, 2009

Congratulations to Peter Suber, who has received a Berkman Center for Internet & Society joint fellowship at the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Law School Library. He will "be focusing on Open Access documentation efforts, as well as outreach around Open Access, across Harvard and beyond."

In his advocacy efforts for the open access movement, Suber has been a tireless speaker and a prolific author, noted for his exceptionally lucid, insightful, and well-reasoned commentary.

Here's an excerpt from Stevan Harnad's "Peter Suber Appointed Berkman Fellow at Harvard" post:

A brilliant choice, and eminently well-deserved. Peter—whose historic contributions to the growth of OA have been spectacularly successful—will continue his invaluable OA work, but this Fellowship will also make it possible for him to begin writing the books on OA and related matters that are welling up in him, and that the world scholarly and scientific research community (as well as the historians of knowledge) are eagerly waiting to read, digest and learn from for years to come.


The Open Access Directory Turns One

Posted in Open Access on April 30th, 2009

The Open Access Directory is now a year old, and SPARC has issued a press release about this event.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

The Open Access Directory, hosted by Simmons College, is a wiki where community contributors create and maintain simple, factual lists about Open Access to science and scholarship. Launched just one year ago, and operated entirely by an international corps of volunteers, the OAD quickly blossomed from six to 40 lists and has served more than 250,000 unique users.

Designed by Robin Peek (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College) and Peter Suber (Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, and Senior Researcher at SPARC), the OAD has quickly become a "go-to” resource in the academic community.

The Directory’s "signature” lists include:

"The Open Access Directory has become a central and relied-upon resource that is also a gathering place for everyone looking to learn more about the benefits of Open Access," said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. "In planning last year’s Open Access Day, it became clear that OA champions in every corner of the world have valuable tools, key advancements, and breaking news to share. The OAD is the place they can meet and share these resources. Congratulations to the editors of the Open Access Directory on their first birthday!"

The Open Access Directory will serve as a central component in the program for the upcoming Open Access Week (October 19 to 23, 2009), which will feature educational resources that local hosts can use to customize events to suit local audiences and time zones. Two sample program tracks, highlighting "Author’s rights and author addenda—For researchers," and "Institutional Advantages from Open Access—For administrators," have been released for participants to use to design or inspire their plans for the week.

Sample tracks point first to OASIS (the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook), which delivers resources for multiple constituencies and awareness levels. Both OAD and OASIS resources are community-driven tools that invite registered users to expand and refine available content. The organizers of Open Access Week invite feedback on the sample tracks as well as contributions to OASIS and the OAD. Additional sample tracks will be developed with advice from registered Open Access Week participants.

Here are the editorial staff members of the OAD:

  • Editors and Administrators
    • Robin Peek. Editor. Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
    • Jean-Claude Guédon. Associate Editor. Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Montreal
    • David Goodman. Associate Editor, and wiki consultant. Princeton University Library, retired (Administrator at Wikipedia, and Editorial council, Citizendium)
    • Athanasia Pontika. Assistant Editor. Doctoral Student, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College
    • Terry Plum. Technology Coordinator. Assistant Dean for Technology and Director, Simmons GSLIS at Mount Holyoke College
  • Editorial Board
    • Charles W. Bailey, Jr. Member. Publisher, Digital Scholarship
    • Leslie Chan. Member. Program Supervisor for New Media Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
    • Heather Joseph. Member. Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
    • Melissa Hagemann. Member. Open Society Institute
    • Peter Suber. Member. Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, and Senior Researcher at SPARC
    • Alma Swan. Member. Key Perspectives Ltd
    • John Wilbanks. Member. Vice President, Creative Commons

Open Access: SPARC/ACRL Release SCOAP3—Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 28th, 2009

SPARC and ACRL have released SCOAP3—Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

Key details about the SCOAP3 innovative proposal to change the dynamics of publishing in High-Energy Physics are highlighted in a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing, currently depends on expressions of interest from the U.S. library community before the experiment can move ahead. The proposal is currently supported by more than 100 U.S. libraries, by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and by libraries, consortia and funding agencies in 18 other countries.

Prepared in consultation with SCOAP3 and members of SPARC and ACRL, the FAQs aim to support U.S. libraries in evaluating their commitment to SCOAP3, and to clarify for all libraries details of the proposal and how the new model is intended to work. Issues addressed in the document include:

  • What is SCOAP3’s business model?
  • Why is it important for the library community to support the model?
  • What are some of the benefits it is hoped the model will achieve?
  • What can my library do to support SCOAP3?
  • What will be the relationship between arXiv and SCOAP3?
  • How can public universities legally participate in the project?
  • Which libraries & library consortia have committed to SCOAP3?

Special Section in Economics Analysis and Policy on the Economics of Open Access

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on April 26th, 2009

The latest issue of Economics Analysis and Policy has a special section devoted to the economics of open access (thanks to Christian Zimmermann).

Here are the articles:

Research Councils UK Releases Open Access to Research Outputs

Posted in Institutional Repositories, Open Access, Publishing on April 23rd, 2009

Research Councils UK has released Open Access to Research Outputs (annexes).

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

RCUK published today an independent study commissioned by the Research Councils into open access to research outputs. The purpose of the study was to identify the effects and impacts of open access on publishing models and institutional repositories in light of national and international trends. This included the impact of open access on the quality and efficiency of scholarly outputs, specifically journal articles. The report presents options for the Research Councils to consider, such as maintaining the current variation in Research Councils' mandates, or moving towards increased open access, eventually leading to Gold Standard.

UC Press and the California Digital Library Announce University of California Publishing Services

Posted in Digital Repositories, Open Access, Publishing, University Presses on April 22nd, 2009

The University of California Press and the California Digital Library have announced their new University of California Publishing Services unit.

Here's an excerpt from the post:

This integrated system combines print distribution, sales, and marketing services offered by UC Press with the open access digital publishing services provided by the California Digital Library through eScholarship. UCPubS is part of the University of California's broader effort to ensure a sustainable scholarly publishing system in the service of research and teaching.

University of Virginia Faculty Senate Discusses Open Access Resolution

Posted in Open Access, Self-Archiving on April 21st, 2009

On April 8, 2009, the University of Virginia Faculty Senate considered a "Memorandum on Scholarly Publications and Author's Rights." As Exhibit A., the document included a "Draft Resolution on Open Access and Scholarship 3.24.09." (Thanks to iNODE.)

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