Friday, February 19, 2010

How can you support open access?

According to a recent session held in DC for the Association of Research Libraries, open access to research is "inevitable". From the session:
"I now believe that having public access to most scholarly communications is inevitable," said David Shulenburger, vice president for academic affairs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. " Chronicle of Higher Education

Leola Johnson, Humanities, Media, and Cultural Studies, had an article published recently in the International Journal of Communication, a peer-reviewed, open access journal. This journal allows authors to retain their copyright as well as making articles freely accessible.

If you want to make your published articles openly accessible, please consider reviewing your rights as an author. Will the journal allow you to post a pre-print or post-peer reviewed version in our Selected Works? Another option for Macalester faculty is to request support from the library fund that will pay author fees to cover the costs some journals require to make an article openly accessible. For more information, please contact your liaison librarian and we will be happy to work with you regarding your rights in disseminating your scholarly work as broadly as possible.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Google Book Project - more on settlement

"Hurtling Toward the Finish Line: Should the Google Books Settlement be Approved?" Ivy Anderson of the California Digital Library has a very thoughtful article that is worth reading about the pros and cons of the Google Book Project.

In April, during National Library Week, we will have the opportunity to hear Jack Bernard, Assistant General Counsel at the University of Michigan, and Mac alum from the Class of '88, talk about his work on the Google Book Project. He will be joined by Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. We will post additional information about this event, but you can mark your calendars now for Friday, April 16th, 12 noon in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Upcoming SPARC Webcast: Feb 17

In a February 17th SPARC Webcast, Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library and Laura Cerutti of the University of California Press will talk about the University of California Publishing Services (UCPubS), a program intended to respond to the publishing needs within the University of California and “leverage the power of the University of California’s publishing and scholarly communications network”.

Library-press partnerships in action: The new University of California Publishing Services
A SPARC Webcast
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Noon – 1:00PM CST
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by February 15 at

What is SPARC?