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UC Open Access Policy Takes Effect for UCLA Faculty Today

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The new systemwide UC Open Access Policy takes effect for UCLA faculty starting today, November 1, 2013.  As UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L. Waugh noted in an October 8 announcement, the policy “allows faculty members to maintain legal control over their research articles while making their work much more widely available to the public.”

This policy places the UC system in the company of more than 175 prestigious colleges and universities across the country, though we’re the largest to date. It does not require publication in open access journals or the payment of publication fees; instead, it commits faculty to making a version of each journal article published on or after November 1, 2013, available publicly in an open access repository, such as UC’s own eScholarship repository or a subject repository.

The UCLA Library is working with the Academic Senate to make implementation as easy as possible for UCLA faculty. More information is available on the Library’s web page about the policy, and questions and requests for assistance can be emailed to

Applications Being Accepted for UCLA Library’s Affordable Course Materials Initiative

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The UCLA Library recently launched the Affordable Course Materials Initiative, which incentivizes instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials.  These can include open-access scholarly resources, Library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Applications are now being accepted for courses to be taught during the the 2013-14 academic year.  A total of $10,000 is available: Five awards of $1,000 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than two hundred students, and two awards of $2,500 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollment of two hundred or more students.

Further information on the application procedure and deadlines is available on the initiative website.


Media Conversion Grants Available

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The UCLA Office of Instructional Development offers media conversion grants to instructors who have slides or video footage that they’d like to use in courses; such media must be digitized in order to be used on course Web pages, projected via classroom data projectors, or embedded into online documents. Open to faculty who teach regularly scheduled undergraduate courses, these annual grants provide the equipment and technician time to scan up to one hundred 35mm slides or two hours of videotape to improve and enrich undergraduate courses.

UCLA Library Closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

All UCLA Library facilities will be closed from Saturday, December 19, 2009, through Sunday, January 3, 2010, as part of the campuswide Winter Holiday closure.  Many electronic resources, including online journals and the UCLA Library Catalog, will be accessible throughout the closure, but reference assistance will not be available during the closure dates, and interlibrary loan, document delivery, and SRLF paging requests will not be processed until January 4.

Open Access Week Highlights UCLA’s Commitment to Increased Access to Scholarship

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The first international Open Access Week, meant to raise awareness of issues and benefits surrounding open access, begins today.

The UCLA Library is sponsoring a week of events for faculty, students, administrators, and librarians.

UC Libraries release Open Letter to License Content Providers

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

The University of California and the California Digital Library sent an open letter to many of the information providers they license content from, informing them of the need to work collaboratively with the UCs to create solutions to keep costs low given the state of California’s economy.

Scholars’ Role in their Digital Future

Monday, April 6th, 2009

UCLA professor Johanna Drucker, in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, remarks that humanities and social science scholars must become more active participants in their future digital environments.  Drucker calls this work “an intellectual responsibility, not a technical task.”

Often considered to be the realm of librarians and technologists, digital tools that do not help scholars engage in research are not used.  Drucker points to the critical need for scholars, including those in the humanities, to work with these partners to create useful digital tools for the types of scholarship they do.  She believes scholars must take their role seriously and administrators must see the value of this work.

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.

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.

UC and UCLA Pledge Support of NIH Public Access Policy

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

The University of California and UCLA both submitted comments supporting the NIH Public Access Policy, detailing the campuses’ efforts, and suggesting improvements to the process.

The UCLA letter, signed by Vice Chancellor for Research Roberto Peccei, Vice Provost of Intellectual Property and Industrial Relations and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Kathryn Atchison, and University Librarian Gary E. Strong, described their collaborative efforts “targeted at faculty, librarians, and staff aimed to inform, educate, and assist researchers and to support the broadest possible dissemination of their work.” In addition, the letter explains, “the Library has taken the lead in providing individual assistance to authors who have questions about the submission process.”

In addition, UC Provost and Executive Vice President Wyatt Hume submitted a letter on behalf of the university detailing UC-wide efforts.

If you have general questions about the policy or how you can ensure you are compliant, email the Library for assistance at