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Utah State University Press Merges with Library, Goes Open Access

Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Research Libraries, University Presses on November 4th, 2009

The Utah State University Press will merge with the Merrill-Cazier Library, and it will "adopt a new publication model, with open access as a central component."

Here's an excerpt from the press release

Joining a growing national trend, Utah State University Press will merge with the administrative structure of Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University. The transition has begun, with the arrangement officially taking effect at the start of fiscal year 2010-11. . . .

"Many university presses are moving toward open access, often under the administration of the library,” Clement [Richard Clement, Dean of USU Libraries] said. “The most conspicuous example in the recent past is the University of Michigan Press which moved into the library and is now focusing on OA and other forms of digital publication. We propose to move the USU Press along the same path." . . .

While the decision to move USU Press to Merrill-Cazier Library was not completely budget-driven, it will result in significant savings, Clement said. With a larger staff in place, the library will assume a number of support activities for the press, including accounting, IT support, graphic design and public relations. . . .

USU Press will adopt a new publication model, with open access as a central component and will move toward increased digital delivery of books. The library’s position will be enhanced as well, as academic libraries nationally take on a stronger role in the evolution of scholarly publishing.

Read more about it at "Survival—Through Open Access" and "USU Press merging with Merrill-Cazier Library."

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    eScholarship Relaunched with New Services and Enhanced Functionality

    Posted in Digital Presses, Digital Repositories, E-Journal Management and Publishing Systems, Institutional Repositories, Publishing, University Presses on October 19th, 2009

    The California Digital Library has relaunched eScholarship with new services and enhanced functionality.

    Here's an excerpt from the press release:

    Previously known as UC's eScholarship Repository, the new eScholarship offers a robust scholarly publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

    "Our relaunch of eScholarship reflects the enormous value we see in recasting the institutional repository as an open access publisher," says Catherine Mitchell, Director of the Publishing Group at the California Digital Library. "There is significant need across the University of California campuses for a sustainable infrastructure to support the publication and dissemination of research. In our efforts to respond to this need, we have watched our institutional repository evolve into a dynamic platform for the original publication of scholarly work." . . .

    The relaunch of eScholarship brings new opportunities for digital publishing to the University of California and offers substantially improved services for previously supported publication types. Books published in eScholarship are now eligible for a combined digital/print publication service, courtesy of UC Publishing Services (UCPubS), a joint program of UC Press and the California Digital Library. In addition, eScholarship now offers conference lifecycle support, including mechanisms for proposal submission, program display, and the ultimate publication of proceedings.

    Much of the site redesign has been focused on improving the quality of access to eScholarship publications. The site is optimized for Google searches; PDFs can be viewed in their entirety without download; and research can be shared easily through third party social networking sites and RSS feeds. Likewise, the ability to locate relevant scholarship within the new site is greatly improved as a result of the implementation of:

    1. a highly developed similar items finder
    2. visual snippets of keywords within documents (KWIC Pics) accessible from the search results page
    3. facets for narrowing search results by UC campus, discipline, and peer review– status
    4. keyword search capability within documents
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      University of Michigan Press Partners with HathiTrust to Provide Free Access to Over 1,000 Books

      Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Books, University Presses on October 11th, 2009

      The University of Michigan Press is working with HathiTrust Digital Library to provide free access to over 1,000 books by the end of 2009.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      Launched in 2008, HathiTrust is a digital preservation repository and research management tool for the world's great research libraries, focused on providing scholars in the digital age with the largest collection of electronic research material this side of Google Book Search and large-scale, full-text searching and archiving tools to manage it.

      "Presses have had online previews and PDFs of sample chapters, tables of contents, and sometimes entire books on their Web sites for years," said Phil Pochoda, director of the U-M Press. "The HathiTrust partnership is something entirely new that takes into account the actual pursuit of broad dissemination of scholarly information.

      "Security restrictions are in place to protect the integrity of the product, but with HathiTrust, a full view of the material is there. It's searchable and it's available to anyone with access. If you want to either search for or happen to come across Michigan Press books, you can look through them onscreen anywhere, anytime."

      In keeping with the U-M's leadership role in the use of digitization and print-on-demand technology, U-M Press seeks to push the boundaries of the rapidly changing publishing world to position its resources where many different kinds of audiences can find them, Pochoda said.

      Utilizing the latest technology, readers and researchers will find multiple ways to find what they are looking for. HathiTrust links to the U-M Press site allow for fast online purchasing.

      In addition to a partnership with HathiTrust, content on Amazon and hundreds of U-M Press books in Google Book Search (in which the U-M Library was one of the original participants), U-M Press has had a "Look Inside" feature on its own book Web pages for several years.

      With text search ability powered by Google, the "Look Inside" feature on the U-M Press Web site is another tool for viewing each title without damaging the integrity of the product. It currently contains thousands of table-of-contents and sample chapter views, with more than 100 complete titles available for full viewing and hundreds more complete titles planned for full view by the end of 2009.

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        University of Michigan Press Opts in to Google Settlement

        Posted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Mass Digitizaton, Publishing, University Presses on September 16th, 2009

        The University of Michigan Press has opted in to the Google Book Search Settlement.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        University of Michigan Press has decided to opt in to the terms of the Settlement and is beginning the process of claiming books digitized by Google under its Book Search program. We will claim all titles under copyright on behalf of our authors.

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          Harvard University Press and University of Chicago Press Ramp Up E-Book Publishing Efforts

          Posted in E-Books, Publishing, University Presses on July 19th, 2009

          The Harvard University Press will release almost 1,000 e-books on Scribd. The University of Chicago Press has released 700 e-books on its own site using Adobe's Digital Editions software.

          Read more about it at "Harvard University Press to Sell Nearly 1,000 Digital Books on Scribd," "New Digital Editions from the University of Chicago Press," and "University Presses Stepping Up e-Book Efforts."

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            Harvard University Press Staff Cuts

            Posted in Publishing, University Presses on July 1st, 2009

            Depending on the news source, the Harvard University Press has cut either six or seven positions.

            Read more about it at "Layoffs and Restructuring Hit Harvard U. Press" and "Reorg at Harvard University Press Eliminates Six Positions."

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              “Scholarly Presses Discuss What It Takes to Survive”

              Posted in Publishing, University Presses on June 22nd, 2009

              In "Scholarly Presses Discuss What It Takes to Survive," Jennifer Howard of The Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the Association of American University Presses 2009 Annual Meeting (restricted access URL).

              Here's an excerpt:

              "As we know, the crisis in scholarly communication is now in its fifth decade," joked Mr. Armato of the University of Minnesota Press. . . .

              The comment got a laugh, but it also set up an assault on what Mr. Armato called the "polarizing and self-serving rhetoric" that fills the debate over open access and scholarly publishing. Yes, we have to learn to live with and through "the transformation that lies not ahead of us but all around us," he advised. Nobody wants to be the ancien régime, Mr. Armato said—look what happened when the tumbrels rolled—but he pointed out that "revolutions often begin without much consideration" of what's lost on the road to utopia. Revolutionary rhetoric has done more to harm scholarly communication than to advance it, as revolutions tend to ignore "the human, social, and cultural consequences of those steps and what is destroyed along the way," he warned.

              Read more about it at "Academic Publishing in the Humanities" and “Change or Die?

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                Position Statement From University Press Directors on Free Access to Scholarly Journal Articles

                Posted in Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Journals, University Presses on June 7th, 2009

                Ten university press directors have issued a statement about free access to scholarly journal articles.

                Here's an excerpt:

                1. The undersigned university press directors support the dissemination of scholarly research as broadly as possible.
                2. We support the free access to scientific, technical, and medical journal articles no later than 12 months after publication. We understand that the length of time before free release of journal articles will by necessity vary for other disciplines.
                3. We support the principle that scholarly research fully funded by governmental entities is a public good and should be treated as such. We support legislation that strengthens this principle and oppose legislation designed to weaken it.
                4. We support the archiving and free release of the final, published version of scholarly journal articles to ensure accuracy and citation reliability.
                5. We will work directly with academic libraries, governmental entities, scholarly societies, and faculty to determine appropriate strategies concerning dissemination options, including institutional repositories and national scholarly archives.

                Read more about it at "10 University-Press Directors Back Free Access to Scholarly Articles."

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