"Open Access and Libraries" Preprint

A preprint of my forthcoming book chapter "Open Access and Libraries" is now available.

The preprint takes an in-depth look at the open access movement with special attention to the perceived meaning of the term “open access” within it, the use of Creative Commons Licenses, and real-world access distinctions between different types of open access materials. After a brief consideration of some major general benefits of open access, it examines OA’s benefits for libraries and discusses a number of ways that libraries can potentially support the movement, with a consideration of funding issues.

It will appear in: Jacobs, Mark, ed. Electronic Resources Librarians: The Human Element of the Digital Information Age. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006.

Postscript: A new preprint is available. I have added more content specific to the impact of OA on electronic resources librarians’ jobs and an appendix on the Creative Commons. Also, I have added another way that OA can save libraries money. I’ve changed the above link to the new preprint; the old one is still available; however, I would recommend reading the new one instead.

Post-PostScript: Having two versions of the preprint available has caused some confusion, so I have taken down the earlier version.

8 thoughts on “"Open Access and Libraries" Preprint”

  1. Charles, Apologies if you’ve already mentioned this. Where will the chapter appear?

  2. Bill: Thanks for your comment. It will appear in: Jacobs, Mark, ed. Electronic Resources Librarians: The Human Element of the Digital Information Age. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006.

  3. If I may ask, what is the expected trajectory of this electronic file? Will it stay at this URL? Be replaced by a postprint? Disappear when the book comes out?

  4. Bill:

    Peter is thinking about another chapter that I am now writing for that book called “What Is Open Access.” This preprint is for the book I mentioned in an earlier comment. I’ll edit the posting to clarify the situation.

  5. Marlene: Yes, the preprint is under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License (see the statement at the end). As such, you don’t need my permission to translate it. A new preprint is available. I have added more content specific to the impact of OA on electronic resources librarians’ jobs and an appendix on the Creative Commons. Also, I have added another way that OA can save libraries money. I suggest you use this preprint, which should be the final one (Ihope). See the posting postscript for the URL.

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