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Archive May 2015

Disrupting the subscription journalsí business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access

Friday, 29 May 2015 12:19:23 p.m.

This paper makes the strong, fact-based case for a large-scale transformation of the current corpus of scientific subscription journals to an open access business model. The existing journals, with their well-tested functionalities, should be retained and developed to meet the demands of 21st century research, while the underlying payment streams undergo a major restructuring. There is sufficient momentum for this decisive push towards open access publishing. The diverse existing initiatives must be coordinated so as to converge on this clear goal. The international nature of research implies that this transformation will be achieved on a truly global scale only through a consensus of the world’s most eminent research organizations. All the indications are that the money already invested in the research publishing system is sufficient to enable a transformation that will be sustainable for the future. There needs to be a shared understanding that the money currently locked in the journal subscription system must be withdrawn and re-purposed for open access publishing services. The current library acquisition budgets are the ultimate reservoir for enabling the transformation without financial or other risks. The goal is to preserve the established service levels provided by publishers that are still requested by researchers, while redefining and reorganizing the necessary payment streams. By disrupting the underlying business model, the viability of journal publishing can be preserved and put on a solid footing for the scholarly developments of the future.

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Sleeping pods for students: can naps replace a good nightís sleep?

Friday, 29 May 2015 12:15:48 p.m.

Research shows that poor sleep leads to poor academic performance. With the hope of boosting grades, universities are creating spaces for students to catch 40 winks in the library.

The installation of a sleeping pod in the University of Manchester library follows hard on the heels of the University of East Anglia’s sleep room, and no doubt heralds a new era of beanbags, futons, and chaises longue (Russell Group only) popping up on campuses across the UK. But does this mean we are finally taking care of our students’ sleep, or is it an indication that students are now so chronically sleep deprived that universities are having to provide for those who cannot get through the day without forty winks?


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Organizations around the World Denounce Elsevierís New Policy That Impedes Open Access and Sharing

Friday, 29 May 2015 12:08:03 p.m.

Elsevier has announced a new sharing and hosting policy for Elsevier journal articles. This policy represents a significant obstacle to the dissemination and use of research knowledge, and creates unnecessary barriers for Elsevier published authors in complying with funders’ open access policies. In addition, the policy has been adopted without any evidence that immediate sharing of articles has a negative impact on publishers’ subscriptions.

Despite the claim by Elsevier that the policy advances sharing, it actually does the opposite. The policy imposes unacceptably long embargo periods of up to 48 months for some journals. It also requires authors to apply a “non-commercial and no derivative works” license for each article deposited into a repository, greatly inhibiting the re-use value of these articles. Any delay in the open availability of research articles curtails scientific progress and places unnecessary constraints on delivering the benefits of research back to the public.

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Perceptions of Canadian Provosts on the Institutional Role of Academic Libraries

Friday, 29 May 2015 12:05:56 p.m.

This study examines perceptions of provosts from Canadian research-intensive universities regarding their institution’s academic libraries. Inter­views conducted with nine provosts explored how they perceive academic libraries in terms of alignment with institutional mission, how they envision the future of their libraries, and what they interpret as indicators of success. The results suggest that provosts perceive libraries making significant contributions to research and student learning, particularly through the provision of access to information and the evolving role of library as place respectively. Other areas of library expertise, such as scholarly commu­nication, appear somewhat less familiar to provosts, suggesting the need for library leaders to promote new roles within the institutional context.

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Facing the Challenge of Web Archives Preservation Collaboratively: The Role and Work of the IIPC Preservation Working Group

Friday, 29 May 2015 12:02:39 p.m.

Accessing the web has become part of our everyday lives. Web archiving is performed by libraries, archives, companies and other organizations around the world. Many of these web archives are represented in the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) . This article documents goals and activities of the IIPC Preservation Working Group (PWG), such as a survey about the current state of preservation in member web archives and a number of collaborative projects which the Preservation Working Group is developing. These resources are designed to help address the preservation and long-term access to the web by sharing ideas and experiences, and by building up databases of information for support of preservation strategies and actions.

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Programme for IATUL Conference 2015 available online

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 4:55:13 p.m.

Five-day conference "Strategic Partnerships for Access and Discovery" on
strategy, management and practice in libraries takes place in Hannover from 5 to
9 July 2015

Strategic partnerships, Open Science, future challenges facing libraries, research data management and digital preservation – these and other topics about present and future developments in libraries will be addressed at the 36th Annual IATUL Conference. The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) will be hosting this year’s English-language conference of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) in Hannover from 5 to 9 July 2015.

Following a word of welcome by the Minister of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony,
Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, the conference will kick off with two key notes:

  • "Innovative usage of unstructured information sources: From text- and datamining to model-driven decision-support" – Martin Hofmann-Apitius, Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI
  • "From open access to open science: a vision" – José Cotta, Head of Unit for Digital Science, DG CONNECT (Directorate-General for Communications
    Networks, Content & Technology), European Commission

In addition to the extensive programme comprising presentations, discussions and
workshops, IATUL also offers an accompanying company exhibition. More than 200
experts from the field of librarianship are expected to attend the conference.

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