College Librarians Prepare for Looming Budget Cuts, and Journal Subscriptions Could Be in for a Trim
University librarians are preparing for tough times ahead, even though the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to be fully understood. Could big deals with publishers be on the chopping block?
ARL Urges Publishers to Maximize Access to Digital Content During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joins global library associations in urging publishers to maximize access to digital content during the emergency conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unprecedented time for the academic enterprise, and humanity will benefit from an unprecedented response by publishers in support of research and learning.
'Recenter Library Systems on the User': An Interview with OhioLINK's Gwen Evans
The major US library consortium OhioLINK has created a vision for the systems that libraries use for acquiring content from publishers, managing collections, and enabling discovery. An interview about this vision with executive director Gwen Evans.
It's Not What Libraries Hold; It's Who Libraries Serve
The business of higher education, as it relates to libraries, is undergoing continued and drastic change. Managing collections is now only one aspect of library management, which is moving towards a user-centered future.
'Is the library open?': Correlating unaffiliated access to academic libraries with open access support
In the context of a growing international focus on open access publishing options and mandates, this paper explores the extent to which the ideals of ‘openness’ are also being applied to physical knowledge resources and research spaces.
Libraries provide vital digital services to their host institutions. If these services carry clear library identity branding, it strengthens the library's position in the university and enables it to secure the budget and political capital necessary to do its work.
Advance knowledge in service of equitable and open scholarship is the mission of the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship. CREOS seeks evidence about the best ways disparate communities can participate in scholarship with minimal bias or barriers.
Academy-owned? Academic-led? Community-led? What's at Stake in the Words We Use to Describe New Publishing Paradigms
There is no question that we are facing significant challenges and opportunities as the traditional publishing model begins to falter. How the academy positions itself at this moment will have consequences for years to come.
Austria: Five Leading Universities and Most Important Funder Unite to Support the Open Library of Humanities
Five Austrian institutions, including the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as Higher Supporters, have come together to begin work on a national consortium to support the Open Library of Humanities.
EUA Publishes Big Deals Survey Report, the First European-Level Mapping of Major Scientific Contracts in Europe
A survey focusing on the functions and working process of consortia, as well as on the conditions of contracts for big deals concerning scientific periodicals, databases, and e-books. The results of the survey show that consortia broadly represent the interests of relevant stakeholders from the university and library sectors and are largely driven by researchers’ needs.
Libraries Reject Taylor & Francis Opportunistic Change of Contract
More than hundred and ten libraries have signed an open letter to Taylor & Francis: the academic research which was previously available to universities as part of the Taylor & Francis "big deal" will now have to be purchased as a separate package.
With exponential increases that reached 402% over a 20-year span, the spiralling cost of these large bundles rapidly put pressure on available budgets for books and journals from smaller learned societies.
My Look at Some Interesting Discovery Ideas, Trends and Features for Academic Search
What follows are a mix of technologies and actual search systems that I've been looking at that have potential to go beyond what current web scale or index based discovery offers. Some merely offer a new feature or two that might be incorporated fairly easily, others are based on fundamentally different frameworks and paradigms that supplement or might eventually replace current systems.