“Opening Up Campaign Archives” Panel Discussion Oct. 17

October 16th, 2012

On Wednesday, October 17, the UCLA Library will host a wide-ranging panel discussion featuring political consultant Garry South, who has given the UCLA Library his campaign papers, and UCLA professors Jeffrey B. Lewis, Mark A. Peterson, and Lynn Vavreck. The panelists will offer inside details about “how the sausage is made” in political campaigns and discuss the importance of public knowledge about campaign operations in a healthy democratic society. It will begin at 2 p.m. in the Charles E. Young Research Library.

Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested to 310.206.8526 or rsvp@library.ucla.edu. The event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Center for the Study of Campaigns, and Department of Political Science.

Court Rules for HathiTrust, against Authors Guild

October 11th, 2012

HathiTrust won in the lawsuit filed against it by the Authors Guild, according to the ruling released yesterday by a federal judge.  The judge ruled for Hathi Trust and its fair-use arguments on almost every point.

Google and Publishers’ Association Reach Settlement

October 4th, 2012

Google and the Association of American Publishers have reached an agreement in their dispute about the Google Library Project.  The agreement settles a copyright infringement lawsuit and does not require the approval of the court. The settlement allows the publishers to make their books and journals available via the project or to remove them.

This settlement does not affect the litigation between Google and the Authors Guild.

Elsevier Launches New Open-access Journal

September 27th, 2012

Elsevier, a major publisher of science, technology, and medicine journals, has launched a new open-access journalNeuroImage: Clinical focuses on the study of abnormal structure-function relationships of the human nervous system based on imaging.

Particle Physics Journals Move to Open Access

September 24th, 2012

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) has announced that it has negotiated agreements with twelve journals in particle physics that will make some ninety percent of their articles available via open access in perpetuity beginning in 2014. Article publishing fees will be paid centrally by SCOAP3 from a fund to which libraries, research agencies, and consortial partners contribute, and participating journals will lower their licensing/subscription fees.

UCSF Academic Senate Approves Open Access Policy

May 24th, 2012

By a unanimous vote, the UCSF Academic Senate has adopted an open access policy, making scholarly articles produced by its faculty freely available to the public.  UCSF is the first UC campus and the largest scientific institution in the U.S. to adopt such a policy; it is also country’s leading public recipient of funds from the National Institutes of Health, which has its own public access policy. Under this new policy, UCSF faculty must make their articles available through an open-access repository such as UC eScholarship or the NIH-sponsored PubMed Central.

University of Minnesota Launches Open Textbook Catalog

May 3rd, 2012

An Open Textbook Catalog is available from the University of Minnesota, offering options that will help reduce students’ costs for books. To make it easier for potential users to judge each title’s quality, its contents are being reviewed by Minnesota faculty; reviewers from other institutions are invited to participate as well.

Harvard Faculty Memo Criticizes High Journals Prices, Supports Alternatives

April 25th, 2012

The faculty advisory committee to the Harvard University Library has issued a memorandum to all faculty criticizing the high and ever-increasing prices of journal titles and packages.  The memo notes that “…major periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published by historically key providers, cannot be sustained: continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable. Doing so would seriously erode collection efforts in many other areas, already compromised.”

Among other actions, the memo recommends that faculty publish in Harvard’s open access repository and open access journals and consider resigning from editorial boards of journals that will not consider open access publishing models or publishers with more reasonable pricing models.

Directory of Open Access Books Launched in Beta

April 24th, 2012

A beta version of a Directory of Open Access Books has been launched to gather user feedback, which will be used to develop it further. The contents, focused on peer-reviewed books published under an open access license, currently total approximately 750 books from more than twenty publishers; academic publishers are invited to submit metadata for their open access books. The directory comprises a searchable index linked to full text on publishers’ websites.

Economist Editorial Supports Public Access to Funded Research

April 13th, 2012

An editorial in the April 14, 2012, edition of The Economist comes out strongly in favor of public access to articles resulting from goverment-funded research: “Government bodies that fund academic research should require that the results be made available free to the public. So should charities that fund research.”