By Sharla Lair (Senior Strategist of Open Access and Scholarly Communication Initiatives, LYRASIS)
The library community is looking for new ways to use the funds they steward to open more scholarly content. There are fairly established strategies for funding open access (OA) journals, but many librarians have been asking:
What are the opportunities to direct funds to make scholarly books OA? And how do libraries evaluate these programs to determine whether library funds should be used to support them? Continue reading “Open Access Book Programs: Answering Libraries’ Questions”
For this year’s Open Access Week, the Open Access Books Network (OABN) is pleased to introduce its latest video series: ‘The OA Mythbusters’.
Through this video series the OABN community seeks to dispel a number of key myths around OA books. In these short videos, common statements will be addressed by fellow community members, informally known as ‘the OA Mythbusters’.
Continue reading “Who you gonna call? OA Mythbusters”
An conversation with Dr. Reggie Raju (Director of Research and Learning Services) & Jill Claassen (Scholarly Communications & Research), both from the University of Cape Town Libraries, took place in March 2021 to discuss this post about a continental platform for open research in Africa. The recording of the event is available via our YouTube channel.
Continue reading “A platform for inclusivity”
By Jayne Kelly (Ebooks Administrator, Collections and Academic Liaison Department, Cambridge University Library) and Clara Panozzo (Latin American & Iberian Collections, Collections and Academic Liaison Department, Cambridge University Library)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, two colleagues from different areas within the Collections and Academic Liaison department at Cambridge University Library have tackled problems related to Open Access books’ metadata and accessibility. Here you will read about the particular case that sparked their conversations, and the challenges that librarians encounter when dealing with Open Access books.
In spring 2020, lockdown began and our focus turned to electronic publications, so that we could still guarantee our readers access to relevant resources during this period. It became apparent to the Latin American and Iberian Collections team at Cambridge University Library that work had to be done on the bibliographic records pertaining to publications by CLACSO (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, a network of 700 research institutions from 52 countries with a rich Open Access ebooks catalogue). CLACSO is an excellent publisher and it is essential for us that their publications are available for our readers. Continue reading “Open Access books and [in]discoverability: a library perspective”