Resources for Learning More about the HathiTrust Decision


Here are some analyses of the recent HathiTrust Decision:

If you have other reading suggestions, add them in the comments!

Research Works Act Resources

I guess my head has firmly been entrenched in the beginning-of-the-semester sand because the Research Works Act came as a complete shock to me when I read about it in the ACRLog.

Then today my colleague @CopyrightLibn shared this link to an even-handed article written up  by the Chronicle of Higher Education [paywall].

So, in case you, like me, find yourself late to this party--I tried to collect some links that might be useful when thinking about this topic and talking to faculty and students about it. (Some of these are also linked to in the above articles...I'm just relinking for easy access).

Are librarians in ELD taking this topic out to departments?  If so, what's your approach?  Feel free to share in the comments...also add any links that you've found useful in getting a better grasp on the topic.

On The Lighter Side of Open Access


If you like to keep up-to-date with Open Access issues via stilted syntax and anger issues you may enjoy this Twitter Feed.

Have a great Open Access Week!

Open Access Week 2011


Thanks to everyone that shared ideas for Open Access Week events.  Below I've listed all the ideas I got from responding librarians as well as the librarian who sent them and their institution.

If you didn't get a chance to send in ideas, then let's continue the conversation in the comments section!

Remember Open Access Week is October 24-30, 2011.  You can learn more at


From Bruce Neville @ Texas A&M:

We're in year two of Open Access Week here at Texas A&M.  Our Scholarly Communications group has a bunch of activities.  The info is at 


  • The "Open Access Cafe" is a "booth" that they had last year in the lobbies of our various branches (it moved as the week progressed) staffed by the Scholarly Communication folks and other sympathetic folks like me.  Candy, handouts, "Aggies for Open Access" buttons in our colors, which I still wear on my lanyard, etc. 
  • The Fair Use Film Festival is new this year and sounds like great fun, but it's past my bedtime.  ;-)  The mashup that I was going to nominate has been pulled by Disney, despite it being fair use.  :-( 

From Mel DeSart @ Washington:

We've done OA Day/Week stuff for the last few years, but this time we're taking a completely different approach.  In the past we've done almost exclusively programming of one kind or another - generally three or four programs over the course of the week.  But we never did get very good attendance at most of them (even after spending a small fortune on advertizing last year), so this year we're abandoning programming completely and doing an exhibit in a high traffic lobby area of the main library and then using as many communication channels as we can to let people know it's there.

From Anne Rauh @ Syracuse:

  • 10/19 Author talk with Amy Sonnie where she will cover "common cause" politics,  and the role of coalitions in visionary social change. Drawing inspiration from the solidarity organizing of five little-known community groups from the 1960s-70s, Amy will share historical lessons of racial, economic and gender justice activism and discuss her own organizing for LGBTQ rights, antiracism, juvenile justice and media democracy over the last 15 years.  This is being co-sponsored by other departments on campus but we are asking her to touch on the importance of access to all kinds of information.
  • 10/25 OA Brownbag sponsored by ENY-ACRL at SUNY-ESF.  Panelists Michael Poulin (Colgate), Yuan Li (Syracuse University), Steve Weiter (ESF) and others as we discuss Discovery of Open Access Materials, SHERPA/Romeo Standards, Costs of Publication and other related topics of interest.
  • 10/16 E-Science Expo.  E-Science fellows from the Syracuse University Information School will present the findings of their research projects and internships.
  • 10/27 Copyright webinar with Dorothea Salo in conjunction with the SU Information School.
  • We will also have a table staffed by librarians in our Learning Commons to promote OA and our Institutional Repository, Surface, that week.


From Christine Drew @ Worcester Polytechic Institute


At WPI we are tossing ideas around. So we are planning to offer a workshop on Creative Commons & The Public Domain: Finding Free Images, Audio, & Video to Use but since our term doesn't start until the 25th, we will offer the following week. We are tossing around the idea of a panel with WPI faculty who edit and publish within open access journals, but it's so busy not sure we'll be able to pull this off.


From Ursula Ellis @ University of British Columbia


Here's the preliminary schedule of events for UBC:

From Jon Jeffryes @ Minnesota:

This year we changing our focus from faculty-centered to a more graduate student-focused event calendar.  So far we have...

  • Information Tables with library staff at high traffic libraries.  We'll have Open Access posters and freebies (pens and the like).  The goal of this event is largely just to raise awareness.
  • Grad Student panel talking about different aspects of open access.  I believe of the two students we currently have signed on to speak one will talk about working with an open access journal and another is going to have more of a focus on open course materials. 
  • A workshop from our data management folks focused on open data
  • A workshop on making your research open (author's rights, the role of the university's digital conversancy, etc)



Goldman, Rebecca
Bhatt, Jay
Sieczkiewicz, Robert


The Drexel E-Repository and Archives (iDEA) is an institutional repository (IR) designed to capture and permanently store the scholarly output of Drexel University. Like many IRs, iDEA suffers from a lack of awareness by the Drexel community, and deposit rates are low. In order to make iDEA more relevant to the Drexel community, our study investigates existing research practices at the University. Over 100 faculty and graduate students responded to a survey about scholarly communication, defined as how scholars use and disseminate information through formal and informal channels. Survey responses revealed a wide variety of methods of sharing research and keeping up with the research of others, as well as a general lack of awareness about open access and institutional repositories. We then conducted in-depth interviews with a subset of these researchers in order to explore their scholarly communication practices in more detail, to explain iDEA's function, and to generate ideas for improving iDEA's content and services. Researchers' responses suggest new functions for iDEA as a tool for collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and new ways for librarians and archivists to support research processes at the University.

Read the full article at: Roles of engagement: Evaluating the institutional repository through scholarly communication research
Open access publisher BioMed Central, UK, has partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries. The deal is to develop an automated system that uses the latest technology to automatically populate MIT's digital repository, DSpace@MIT, with the official version of articles by MIT researchers that have been published in BioMed Central's journals.

Read the full article in Knowledgespeak at: BioMed Central and MIT Libraries partner to deposit OA articles automatically using SWORD protocol

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)

The aim of ROAR is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world. Open access to research maximises research access and thereby also research impact, making research more productive and effective.

See also: ROAR Registry of Open Access Repositories Upgraded to Power of EPri...

Source: Learn About the Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR),  in Resourceshelf web site.

"The removal of access barriers and the expanded use of these research results can dramatically transform how scientists and citizens approach issues of vital importance to the public, such as medicine, climate change, and sustainable energy solutions.  It is a crucial building block in laying a strong national foundation to support accelerated discovery and innovation, which will in turn create economic and social benefits for the taxpayers who supported the research."

Read the full article at: Nobel Prize-winning scientists support online access to federally funded research results to spur innovation - By Heather Joseph, Spokesperson for the Alliance for Taxpayer Access.

Posted by: Jay Bhatt

Columbia University Commits to Open-Access Publication Compact

Columbia University has joined several leading institutions of higher learning in a commitment to a Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity. Other signatories to the compact are Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley.The compact commits signatories to the timely establishment of mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication fees for open access journal articles authored by researchers without alternative funding.

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research. More information is available online at: The Scholarly Communication Program

Read the full article at:
Columbia University Commits to Open-Access Publication Compact

Posted by: Jay Bhatt

A scientist talks about requirements for social software for scientists

Source: Christina Pika's blog:Christina's LIS Rant

Christina K. Pikas is a science and engineering librarian in a special library as well as a doctoral student in information studies.

"I've weighed in a few times on how to build online communities or support scientists online, but it's really worth paying attention to when you get an actual scientist who is also very involved in and interested in social software tell you what he thinks. Cameron Neylon did just that in a recent blog post (comments on ff). I'll quote liberally from his blog and feedback some ideas."

See: A scientist talks about requirements for social software for scientists
See: All entries on Scholarly Communication in Christina's blog