Thursday, August 30, 2007

Publishers Fighting Public Access to Publicly Funded Research

A recent announcement from ARL regarding the PRISM coalition of publishers working to prevent public access policies ( "There's lots of commentary out there and as usual Peter Suber is staying right on top of it ( I want to take the opportunity to point out an issue brief that ARL created last winter when the news of publishers' plans for a smear campaign broke. You can find it at " A copy is also available from the Library website for faster access.

Information on the NIH proposal is available from our Scholarly Communication web pages. We'd like to hear your thoughts on the campaign by publishers to prevent public access policies.

Links to related articles

9/11/2007 "Project of Publishers' Association Is Criticized by Some of Its Members and Open-Access Advocates" - update in Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 11

"University-Press Leader Quit Publishers' Panel Over Anti-Open-Access Campaign", Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept. 11, 2007

"Critics Say Publishers' PRISM Initiative Causing More Discord than Discussion "

Friday, August 3, 2007

University Publishing in a Digital Age

University Publishing in a Digital Age (Ithaka Report) July 23, 2007
This report was released July 23, 2007 and has already received a lot of press. Because University Presses play a significant role in academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences, faculty may want to review in order to be aware of the proposals and recommendations made in this report.

And what others are saying about it:

"Ideas to Shake up Publishing" , Inside Higher Ed

"Sailing from Ithaka", Inside Higher Ed - "The Ithaka Report may very well turn out to be a turning point in the recent history, not only of scholarly publishing, but of scholarship itself."

"Universities should support a broader concept of publishing in the digital age, report says." Chronicle of Higher Ed

Rice U Will Start First All Digital Press, Chronicle of Higher Ed

* ACRLog blog entry by Barbara Fister, Gustavus College

*Future of the Book blog

* Library Journal blog entry by Roy Tennant