March 22, 2017

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Supporting Open Access

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Open Access publishing—both Green and Gold varieties—are gaining greater acceptance. Librarians need to focus on ways to promote and improve the process.

OER’s Road Ahead is Paved with Publisher Platforms | From the Bell Tower

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Academic librarians are pleased with the progress they’ve made in leading their campuses to recognize the value of Open Educational Resources (OER). Now publishers are responding to OER with new learning platforms. It may be time for a new strategy.

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Beyond Open Access

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The trend to make scientific journal articles freely (and easily) accessible also extends to the underlying research data and methodology. Academic libraries are the key to making Open Science practical.

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Making Open Access Content Discoverable

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Finding the right journal content has always been hard work for scholars and librarians. The move from print to digital was supposed to make that easier—in theory. Data-at-your-fingertips should have meant less stack climbing, less poring over endless endnotes, and better overall results. The reality is far different. Search technology, already in a fragmented state, […]

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Open Access: A Distilled Perspective

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As we approach the conclusion of the series of interviews I’ve been conducting with leaders of the open access community, I’ve been asked to share a few comments and reflections. Because of the hard work and dedication of the people who were interviewed for the series, open access publishing—including both text and data—is now a […]

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Open Access at the Crossroads

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Discussions of open access to online journal content go back 20 or more years.  In 1995, James O’Donnell and I co-edited perhaps the first book — but by no means the last — on this theme.[i]  Based on a series of internet discussions about “self-archiving,” that book laid the foundations for what was later called […]

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Open Access: It’s All About People!

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Everyone is talking about Open Access and Open Science. Scientists and organizations see it as a way to speed up, improve quality, and more effectively reward research activities, while funders and ministries see it as a means to optimize cost of science and leverage innovation. Open Access has been around for more than a decade, […]

Announcement: We’re extending Open Access in Action!

We’re extending Open Access in Action! As part of our contribution to International Open Access Week 2016, we’re excited to announce that we will be extending Open Access in Action for a further six months. Starting in November, we’ll be rolling out a new phase of this program that will build upon the successes of […]

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Whither (and Whether) OA?

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We’ve now been discussing, advocating for, and arguing about open access for something like twenty years. (The first formal declaration on the topic was issued in 2002, but OA has been a subject of serious discussion in the scholarly-communication world since at least the mid-1990s.) An awful lot has changed since the turn of the […]

Open Music Library Combines Free and Subscription Databases

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Academic database and streaming media publisher Alexander Street is beta testing the Open Music Library (OML), a new online resource that will eschew database paywalls, enabling non-subscribers to discover and use high-quality open access and public domain content from contributors such as the Library of Congress (LC) and the British Library (BL), while offering subscribers a seamless experience discovering and using free and for-fee content together.