Tag Archives: library

Go Open Access

Stephen Downes has a new post linking to a humorous video on open access.

Librarians React to Google Settlement Rejection

Josh Hadro has a new post discussing the Google Book Settlement rejection from the perspectives of librarians. From the post:

What librarians can look forward to instead: a renewed commitment from library advocates to make more content accessible to scholars and to the general public, whether via an alternative settlement agreement or legislative recourse.

The Wrong Road of Open Access

Stevan Harnad has a new post about the difficulty behind getting authors to make individual copyright agreements for articles published. From the post:

It is the equivalent of trying to combat smoking by trying to persuade smokers to write individually to tobacco companies to ask them to manufacture fewer cigarettes.

Interview With Springer Science Media CEO

Richard Poynder has posted an interview with Derk Haank, CEO of Spring Science and Business Media. From the interview:

Librarians need to accept that if they want access to a continually growing database, then costs will need to go up a little bit but not like in the days of the serials crisis. We try to accommodate our customers, but at a certain point, we will hit a wall.

Link and commentary by Barbara Fister.

Nature’s Foray into OA

“Dr. Skeptic” has a new post on Nature Publications Group newly announced open access journal. From the post:

Whilst the entry of the Nature group of journals into the OA field definitely speaks volumes about the fact that the business model that was destined to have met with failure is not, in fact, such a destructive model.

Open Access at Law Schools

Mary Minow has two posts about open access at law schools. The first post is with Michelle Pearse, Research Librarian for Open Access Initiatives at Harvard Law School Library. The second post is an interview with Richard A. Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Services at Duke Law School.

Open Access Support by the Nature Publishing Group

Lisa Green has a new post on open access support from the Nature Publishing Group. From the post:

Last month, the company announced that an additional 15 of its journals now offer open access options. And this week, the company announced a brand new online open access journal called Scientific Reports. With this launch, a full 80% of NPG academic and society journals and 50% of all journals the company publishes offer open access options to authors

Fair Use Uncertainity Inhibiting Libraries

Michael Kelley has a new post about a recent report by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) which claims that fair use is inhibiting libraries. From the post:

For example, the interviewees revealed that they often determine which digital projects to pursue based not on scholarly needs but mainly on whether the materials are in the public domain and, thus, free of copyright questions.

Chicago Style and Open Access

Stuart Shieber has a new post discussing statements in most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. From the post:

The Manual makes a recommendation to publishers to generate their own addenda “to use when presented with author requests for nonexclusive rights.” But why make the addendum conditions available only upon request? If the addendum-specified activities are allowable, why not just allow them in the publisher’s agreement from the get-go?

Thanks to Discourse.net for the link.

Measuring Growth and Success of OA

Heather Morrison has a new post on measuring the growth and success of open access. From the post:

Why success rather than sustainability or cost-effectiveness?