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Archive for the ‘Open Access’ Category

Open Education Spreading

I’ve been bookmarking open education resources for years now, but it always surprises me the number of big name universities that are offering open content so that we can all learn from home for free if we want! A recent article on talks about this more: The proliferation of so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs, has the potential to transform higher education at a time when colleges and  [ Read More ]

More on Open Access

I recently wrote about the cost of journal subscriptions for libraries and the argument for supporting open access. David Weinberger also recently wrote about open access, but his post was a summary of a few points from Open Access by Peter Suber (a book I’ll now be buying). One of the points that shocked me from David’s post: “In 2010, Elsevier’s journal division had a profit margin of 35.7 percent  [ Read More ]

Get more open access books

Back in March I attended Computers in Libraries and at one of the social events I learned about a new site to try and get more books released as open access – that project is called is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite ebooks to the world. We work with rights holders to decide on fair compensation for releasing a  [ Read More ]

The argument for open access

The other night I was sent a link to an article entitled ‘Is the Academic Publishing Industry on the Verge of Disruption?‘ by Simon Owens. The title had me intrigued, but it did not actually prepare me for what I was about to read. In his article Owens summarizes what we librarians already know – academic journals have become way too expensive for us to maintain our subscriptions. Libraries are  [ Read More ]

Open Issue of OLA Quarterly

This came over one of my mailing lists and I thought I should share with you all this issue of the Oregon Library Association Quarterly which is full of articles about libraries and openness. The next issue of the OLA Quarterly is available for you to curl up with during rainy autumn days. You can find it on the OLA homepage at: We hope you enjoy this issue edited  [ Read More ]

After coming from a conference where all of the publishers want to know how to make money if they give things away for free, it was nice to find this news item: Two years to the day after the Faculty of Arts and Sciences became the first school at Harvard to vote an open-access policy, the Harvard Business School enacted their own policy on February 12, 2010, becoming the fifth  [ Read More ]

Foolishly Optimistic

Sometimes when I talk to others I feel a bit foolish for being so optimistic – the thing is that I believe in libraries and librarians and always think that that others feel the same way I do. In the latest Library 2.0 Gang podcast, I deemed 2009 as the year of open. I honestly believed that we were finally on the right track in the library world. I had  [ Read More ]

Open Access Day in October

October 14, 2008 will be the world’s first Open Access Day. The founding partners are SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science. Open Access Day will help to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access, including recent mandates and emerging policies, within the international higher education community and the general public. Read more in the full Press Release. Spread the  [ Read More ]

Free Book Covers from LibraryThing

Wow! LibraryThing is full of awesome announcements lately!! A few days ago, just before hitting thirty million books, we hit one million user-uploaded covers. So, we’ve decided to give them away—to libraries, to bookstores, to everyone. Learn how to get the covers and integrate them into your websites, opacs, etc. Technorati Tags: librarything

VALENJ: From Open Stacks to Open Source

This week I was lucky enough to attend an event at The College of New Jersey entitled Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium and hosted by VALE (Virtual Academic Library Environment of New Jersey). The goal of this day was for the members of VALE to decide if they wanted to join in on a shared open source ILS community. The program started with an intro to Open Source by  [ Read More ]

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