Creating an Institutional Repository for…

Creating an Institutional Repository for State Government Digital Publications :
In 2008, the Library of Virginia (LVA) selected the digital asset management system DigiTool to host a centralized collection of digital state government publications. The Virginia state digital repository targets three primary user groups: state agencies, depository libraries and the general public. DigiTool’s ability to create depositor profiles for individual agencies to submit their publications, its integration with the Aleph ILS, and product support by ExLibris were primary factors in its selection. As a smaller institution, however, LVA lacked the internal resources to take full advantage of DigiTool’s full set of features. The process of cataloging a heterogenous collection of state documents also proved to be a challenge within DigiTool. This article takes a retrospective look at what worked, what did not, and what could have been done to improve the experience.

License to Publish : promoting Open Acce…

License to Publish : promoting Open Access and authors’ rights in the Nordic social sciences and humanities :
The aim of this project is to promote the principles of Open Access among scholars in the Nordic social sciences and arts and humanities. By providing a legal translation of the Knowledge Exchange “Licence to Publish” document into all five Nordic languages, the project will support the principles of Open Access while providing the necessary legal means for authors to self-archive their publications resulting from e.g. publicly funded research. In addition, this will enable a dialogue among stakeholders on authors’ rights and Open Access principles.

The ebook transition: Collaborations and…

The ebook transition: Collaborations and innovations behind open-access monographs :
Three ambitious initiatives to deliver free online access to scholarly monographs were featured at the next installment of the SPARC-ACRL forum, “The ebook transition: Collaborations and innovations behind open-access monographs.” The market-based business model for scholarly monographs, long under pressure due to decreased library purchasing, must now accommodate a transition to ebooks. Many non-profit publishers, including university presses, are actively exploring new publishing models to support scholarly monographs, including open-access distribution and collaborative initiatives with university libraries. This SPARC-ACRL foruml featured three pioneering initiatives to deliver free online access to scholarly monographs, and highlighted opportunities for libraries to support innovations in this important area.

Campus-based Open-access Publishing Fund…

Campus-based Open-access Publishing Funds: A Practical Guide to Design and Implementation :
The decision to launch an Open-access Fund is a complex one for many reasons. Establishing a clear understanding of your Fund’s goals, the policies that will govern it, how it will be administered, and what tools can be used to evaluate the Fund’s results all involve careful deliberation and discussion. The relative novelty of the category, combined with demographic, philosophical, and political differences among the institutions that have established Open-access Funds to date combine to create an environment in which there are not yet transferable templates for the simple and straightforward creation of Funds. As a result, it may be challenging for those contemplating the launch of an Open-access Fund to move ahead with absolute confidence and clarity. And yet, despite this uncertainty, more than a dozen institutions (as of this writing) have launched Open-access Funds. This is a concept that clearly intrigues some within the scholarly communication community. As such, it bears further consideration and analysis.

OAPEN explore l’avenir des monographies …

OAPEN explore l’avenir des monographies en libre accès :
L’étude repose sur une enquête en ligne conduite en mai-juin 2009 auprès de 250 chercheurs en SHS (taux de réponse complète de 88,6%) ainsi que sur des interviews et tables rondes réunissant une quarantaine d’experts. Elle s’est orientée vers 2 axes : l’influence de la numérisation sur l’édition de monographies et les attentes de différents groupes d’usagers concernant un modèle d’édition de monographie en libre accès.

Rapport d’information fait au nom de la…

Rapport d’information fait au nom de la Commission des finances sur la politique du livre face au défi du numérique :
Dans une première partie, le rapporteur dresse un état des lieux de la politique du livre et de la mise en oeuvre des préconisations des six rapports demandés à ce sujet par le Gouvernement de 2007 à 2009. Il insiste sur la nécessité de désigner un ministre chef de file, afin que la politique du livre ne soit plus éclatée entre plusieurs ministères. Puis il examine les différents aspects de l’avenir du livre numérique : la numérisation du patrimoine de la Bibliothèque nationale de France et son financement, le développement des appareils « nomades » permettant la lecture des livres numériques et la remise en cause du monopole du livre papier et enfin l’accompagnement du développement du livre numérique.