January 2010 Archives

Scottish Journal of Geology online

We now have access to the Scottish Journal of Geology (SJG) in the Geological Society of London's Lyell Collection: http://www.sjg.lyellcollection.org.



The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has received many comments from the public, researchers, universities, libraries and publishers. These comments on public access policy are available to read.

In addition to public comment, the various stakeholders of open access to research have also weighted in. The Digital Koans blog has a full list of agencies and universities that have commented. Here's an excerpt from relevant stakeholders:

  • University of Minnesota Libraries:

    "We strongly encourage adoption of a mandatory model across federal agencies, creating consistency in requirements for researchers and predictability of access for the research and the general user communities."

  • American Institute of Physics

    "Any public access mandate that does not allow publishers to support subscription-based models or an orderly transition to other models would threaten the sustainability of numerous journals and would reduce incentives for publishers like AIP to continue investing in our industry."

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

    "Should the public access policy negatively impact these functions, the integrity of science publishing would also be impacted. This would prove counter-productive for the research community and the common good."

  • Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, University of Minnesota

    "THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly
    supports the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009 (S. 1373) and urges Minnesota's senators and others to co-sponsor and support this legislation."

  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

    "On behalf of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), I write in strong support of providing public access to the results of research funded by the federal government and published in scholarly journals. "

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology has released the a report on Scholarly Publishing.

The Roundtable's core recommendation is:

Each federal research funding agency should expeditiously but carefully develop and implement an explicit public access policy that brings about free public access to the results of the research that it funds as soon as possible after those results have been published in a peer‐reviewed journal.
This public access objective can be accomplished in several ways: Some agencies may choose to develop and manage central databases; others may elect to work with university libraries, one or more publishers, or other external partners to establish centralized or distributed databases of journal articles resulting from the research they fund.

Read full report.

Learn more about the NIH mandate for open access to research on the library's Scholarly Communications web site.

Course E-Reserves


You have textbooks on reserve: how about our electronic books, reference web resources, and pdf articles? Visit the Libraries E-reserve page to find out how.

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Library Mobile Web Site

Our Digital Library Development Lab released an improved mobile library web site ready for Spring semester. The new mobile web site includes inviting and user friendly icons to assist with navigation, a list of mobile friendly library databases, and browser detection capabilities that will forward people to the site when a mobile browser is identified. The URL of the mobile site is: http://www.lib.umn.edu/mobile/ , but if you are on a mobile device, try going straight to: http://www.lib.umn.edu/ . Please take an opportunity to test this out and send John Barneson, the creator of the new mobile site, your feedback at: barne102@umn.edu . Nice work John!

Also, Here is a link to a poster map of the Earthquake from the USGS (click image to open):

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GSA PROVIDES OPEN ACCESS TO HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE RESEARCH

Boulder, CO, USA - In response to the 12 January 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, The Geological Society of America has compiled a list of open-access papers on the Caribbean plate and the Enriquillo-Plaintain fault line. These articles, from GSA Bulletin and the GSA Special Papers collection, span the years 2009 to 1954.

Access the literature at: http://www.gsapubs.org/site/misc/Haiti.xhtml.

Please make reference to The Geological Society of America, GSA BULLETIN, or the referenced GSA Special Paper in articles published.

Contact Christa Stratton for additional information or assistance.
13 January 2010
Geological Society of America
Release No. 10-02
Contact: Christa Stratton
+1-303-357-1093
cstratton@geosociety.org
www.geosociety.org