Progress and Policies Reach a Pivitol Point as We Observe OA Week

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

One of the many joys of OA Week is the opportunity to reflect on the movement’s progress. It has been a watershed year for Open Access advocates as evidenced by the surge of momentum since last year. Just this week a new study published in BMC Medicine shows that ...

Asia-Pacific perspectives on the impact of open access on librarians

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Commentary from librarians in the Asia-Pacific region on the impact of open access :- To complement the previous post on SwetsBlog about open access (OA) and its actual and potential impact on librarians, we also asked some librarians in the Asia-Pacific region for their thoughts. We had comments from three librarians ...

Reasons to go for open access: perspectives from a clinician and a librarian

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Pascal Meier - During the first few years of my academic career, I only used to submit my articles to “traditional” print journals. I would apply a “top-down” submission system for my papers: a list of traditional scholarly journals in my research field, ordered according to impact factors. I would submit ...

Open Access and its impact on the future of the university librarian

Friday, October 26th, 2012

With the publication of the Finch report earlier this year and the UK government's announcement to commit £10m to help make research findings freely available, there has been a gear shift towards a more rapid movement into an open access world for the publishing of scholarly information. While there has been ...

Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes… and no

Friday, September 21st, 2012

One of the reasons science librarians prefer subscription-based databases (ie SciFinder or Web of Science) or those offered as a service of the government (ie PubMed) is the nonstandard behavior of Google Scholar when compared to those resources. Google Scholar is not a bibliographic index, it is a search engine. ...

Wageningen University repository

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

http://library.wur.nl/way What is it? Wageningen is a Dutch university with a specific focus on the life sciences and “healthy food and the living environment”. It is also home to a groundbreakingly comprehensive institutional repository, Wageningen Yield, that covers not only all the scientific output of the university but also collects grey literature ...

Are Institutional Repositories Doing Their Job?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Scholarly communication librarians (and our colleagues) often tout institutional repositories as the best place for authors to keep their work safe and accessible. Yet, more than 4 years after the publication of Dorothea Salo’s infamous article, “Innkeeper at the Roach Motel,” another former librarian is pointing out that while work ...

Working on borrowed time?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Librarians fear redundancy as open access alters role of academic collections. A report offers a sobering analysis of the implications for academic libraries - and academic librarians - of the "shift to more open-access scholarly content". Released last week, Moving towards an Open Access Future: The Role of Academic Libraries summarises a ...

Supporting Public Access to Research Results

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

We posed the question of what services an academic library can best provide to support the NIH Public Access Policy. We approached the answer to this question through education, collaboration, and tool-building. As a result, over the last four years we have engaged over 1500 participants in discussions of public ...

Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption? – US News and World Report

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

As Harvard balks at subscription cost and others take a page from its book, open access publishers get a fresh look ... In the quiet, restrained world of research libraries, any controversies that arise are, for the most part, cordial and largely academic. So some within the industry may have been ...