Archive for February, 2009

Project Cuts Course Reader Prices

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

A joint UCLA Library / ASUCLA Academic Publishing / USAC project is lowering the prices students pay for course readers.  In early 2008 the Library began working with ASUCLA to analyze content faculty members use in course readers to identify materials it already owns or licenses, which do not require payment of an additional permissions fee for UCLA student academic use.  A pilot assessment project reduced the price of each reader analyzed, by as little as twelve cents to as much as $30.18.  As a result, ASUCLA has now made checking journal articles in course readers against Library subscriptions a routine part of its workflow, which is producing ongoing savings for students.

Update on the NIH Public Access Policy Feb. 25

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

What does the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy mean for NIH-funded researchers at UCLA, and how can UCLA librarians help them comply? Find out more at a session on Wednesday, February 25, led by members of the Library’s Scholarly Communication Steering Committee.

The program will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Attendance is limited to UCLA faculty, researchers, and administrators. Admission is free, and lunch will be provided. Advance reservations are required.

New UC-wide Open Access Agreement

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

UC’s California Digital Library has completed successful negotiations with Springer to launch a pilot open access arrangement as part of its 2008 Springer journals license. This will allow all articles by UC-affiliated authors to be issued under Springer’s “Open Choice” model without additional author fees. The articles will be accessible via SpringerLink and will be published under the terms of a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial license. Planning is also underway for automatic deposit of these articles into the UC eScholarship Repository.

Faculty members are encouraged to continue to negotiate the terms of all author agreements to enable them to retain educational use rights so that they can use their own scholarship on course Web sites, in course reserves, and in course packs.  The UCLA Library will present a lunchtime workshop for faculty on negotiating to keep their copyright on Wednesday, February 25; admission is free, but advance registration is required.

UCLA hosts Electronic Resources and Libraries conference

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

UCLA will be hosting the annual Electronic Resources and Libraries conference February 9-12.  More than three hundred information professionals from universities and libraries in forty-four countries will attend presentations, discussions, and workshops focusing on ideas, trends, and technologies in this rapidly evolving area.