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Librarians at McGill University Library Adopt Open Access Policy

Posted in ARL Libraries, Open Access, Research Libraries on October 29th, 2012

Librarians at the McGill University Library have adopted an open access policy.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

McGill librarians are granting the McGill University Library a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to their scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, provided that the works are properly attributed to the authors and not sold for a profit.

Specifically, each librarian grants a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license for each of his or her scholarly articles.

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    ARL Statistics 2010-2011

    Posted in ARL Libraries, Research Libraries on October 25th, 2012

    The Association of Research Libraries has released ARL Statistics 2010-2011.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 126 member libraries in 2010-2011 was slightly more than $4.6 billion; of that total, roughly $3.2 billion was spent by the 115 university libraries and more than $1.3 million by the 11 nonuniversity libraries.

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      "Issue Brief: Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries"

      Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Culture, Research Libraries on October 22nd, 2012

      ARL has released "Issue Brief: Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries."

      Here's an excerpt:

      Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) raise significant legal and policy questions for research libraries, which are often asked to support the development of MOOC courses. These questions involve information policy concerns that are central to research libraries, including the proper application of fair use, the transition to open access as the default mode of scholarly publishing, and the provision of equal access to learning materials for students with and without disabilities. Where possible, research libraries should engage in conversations around MOOCs and promote their core values. By doing so, they will also promote the continuing vitality of libraries as partners in the educational mission.

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        Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries

        Posted in Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on October 18th, 2012

        The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Fit for Purpose: Developing Business Cases for New Services in Research Libraries.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        Sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) program, Fit for Purpose presents a set of recommendations that libraries can adopt when developing any new service. The report attends closely to entrepreneurial activities such as library-based publishing and data stewardship because of the uncertainty and complexity of those services. . . .

        Fit for Purpose provides a decision-making toolbox created from elements of social entrepreneurship and project management that are consistent with research library environments and values. It addresses organizational readiness and risk tolerance, business case development, piloting new services, and monitoring sustainability through the business planning lifecycle. The team is also conducting several case studies to explore how libraries have conducted business planning to support their new ventures. These will be published at a future date, followed by a concluding report that reassesses the initial recommendations.

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          UK Government Allocates £10 Million to Support Open Access

          Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on September 9th, 2012

          The UK Government has allocated £10 million to support open access in UK research universities.

          Here's an excerpt from the press release:

          The investment will enable a number of research-intensive UK institutions to kick-start the process of developing policies and setting up funds to meet the costs of article processing charges (APCs). This is in line with the recommendations of the Finch report on open access, published in June. . . .

          The investment will be made to 30 institutions receiving funding through Research Councils and UK higher education funding councils. It is in addition to the contribution RCUK will be making to institutions to support payment of APCs associated with open access through block funding grants from 1 April 2013 onwards. More details of this will be announced in the autumn.

          The UK Funding Councils will launch a consultation this autumn on implementing a requirement that research outputs submitted to any future Research Excellence Framework (REF) should be as widely accessible as possible.

          | Transforming Scholarly Publishing through Open Access: A Bibliography | Digital Scholarship |

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            Moving Towards an Open Access Future: The Role of Academic Libraries

            Posted in Libraries, Open Access, Reports and White Papers, Research Libraries on September 4th, 2012

            Sage has released Moving Towards an Open Access Future: The Role of Academic Libraries.

            Here's an excerpt:

            On 26 April 2012, a group of 14 librarians and other industry experts met together at the British Library to discuss the role of the academic library in an open access (OA) future. The aims of the roundtable were to provide an international perspective on the likely impact of an open access future on librarians, to identify support and skills required for librarians in such a future, and to further current discussion on support for the library community from their institutions, publishers, funders and other parties.

            The group discussed a number of key questions, beginning with setting parameters for what the likely shift towards OA might be in different disciplines and different geographic regions, then considering what the impact of such a shift would mean for the academic library community. This report is a summary of that discussion and the opinions of all participants.

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              "Ten Recommendations for Libraries to Get Started with Research Data Management"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on August 26th, 2012

              The LIBER working group on E-Science has released "Ten Recommendations for Libraries to Get Started with Research Data Management."

              Here's an excerpt:

              LIBER installed the 'E-Science working group' in 2010 to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of E-Science. The group decided to focus on research data as it was felt to be the most urgent element of e-science that is of relevance to the community of (research) libraries. The group has held three workshops, the first during the LIBER conference 2011 in Barcelona, the second during the IDCC 2011 conference in Bristol and the third and last one during the LIBER conference 2012 in Tartu. The results of the first two workshops were used as a basis for compiling recommendations to the LIBER ommunity. The "10 recommendations for libraries to support research data management" (see side bar) were finalized and prioritized during the final workshop at the LIBER-conference in Tartu.

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                Scholarly Communication Program Case Study: "Relational Communications: Developing Key Connections"

                Posted in Author Rights, Open Access, Research Libraries, Scholarly Communication on July 12th, 2012

                Micah Vandegrift and Gloria Colvin have published "Relational Communications: Developing Key Connections" in the latest issue of College & Research Libraries News.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Two years ago use of the terms scholarly communication and open access on the Florida State University (FSU) campus was limited primarily to library administrators and a few library and teaching faculty. But, in a relatively short time, we have dramatically increased awareness of these topics on our campus and accomplished many of our goals. Our focus has been on promoting authors' rights, the option to archive publications in open access repositories, and the evolution of scholarly publication in a digital environment, rather than a focus on the serials crisis facing libraries. Looking back over these past two years, the relationships that we developed along the way have been foundational to our success. Here, we discuss development of the FSU program and key steps we took, which we hope are instructive to others in developing a scholarly communication program.

                | Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals | Digital Scholarship |

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