February 17, 2018

AB 609: California Leads on Open Access to Publicly Funded Research

California has become the first state to mandate open access for the products of some taxpayer-funded research. On September 29 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act, coauthored by Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R–Palm Desert) and Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D–Los Angeles). AB 609, as the bill is known, ensures that those who stand to benefit most from state-funded research, such as healthcare providers, students and professors, biotech professionals, and anyone with an interest in the field, will have access to current research results free of charge. Beginning January 1, 2015, the products of more than $200 million in annual research paid for by California taxpayers will be freely available—with some restrictions: AB 609 applies only to research funded by the Department of Public Health.

U.C. Library Renovations Double Visitors

Usage of the newly renovated McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz has doubled since the renovation. M. Elizabeth Cowell, associate university librarian, told LJ that gate count through December 2011 showed 201,100 visits, compared with 90,381 for the same time the previous year. That’s even more impressive when you consider that the building, renovated by […]