- UC Berkeley Library makes it easier to digitize collections responsibly with novel workflows and bold policy Libraries and other institutions that want to “reproduce materials and publish them online for worldwide access” will welcome this post. It provides a link to the UC Berkeley Library’s newly released responsible access workflows. These workflows were developed to help sort out complicated legal and ethical questions, enabling the responsible digitizing of collections. As the post notes, this “stand to benefit not only UC Berkeley’s digitization efforts, but also those of cultural heritage institutions such as museums, archives, and libraries throughout the nation…”
- Open-access science funders announce price transparency rules for publishers Nicholas Wallace, writing in Science, explains and provides background on the new price transparency rules announced by “cOAlition S, a group of 22 international organizations, European national research agencies, and foundations, which will take effect in July 2022″. He discusses the two different set of transparency criteria that have been developed. Mr. Wallace then talks about the differences between the two and why some publishers may prefer one over the other.
- The Adoption of E-Services and Use of Online Collections of Libraries Grows Internationally, Puts a Spotlight on Sustainability In this post Pablo Markin points to the temporary partnership that UCLA’s Library has with HathiTrust “to provide online access” to their eBook holdings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the increased demand for the eBook collections of “other providers of subscription-based solutions…” But he wonders if this is sustainable once the pandemic wanes. Mr. Markin then argues that “Open Access collections can complement these resources on a non-temporary basis, as teaching and research activities take place increasingly online…”
- More Research Libraries Decline “Big Deal” Subscription Contracts with Publishers ARL’s Jessica Aiwuyord admits that the coronavirus didn’t cause the “University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and the entire State University of New York (SUNY) system (the SUNY Libraries Consortium) to end their “big deal” contracts with Elsevier last month. However, she makes the case that the expected budget shortfalls created by the pandemic will increase “the urgency of research libraries’ need to reassess the benefits to scholars of so-called big deal packages.” She discusses the rationale behind UNC’s and SUNY’s decisions and notes how some other libraries are following suit and beginning to enter into agreements with other publishers.
- Three online tools aimed at improving preprints – This post in Nature Index notes the increasing prevalence of preprints, particularly in COVID-19-related papers, and highlights the accompanying concerns about quality. It then goes on to list and discuss “three online platforms aimed at helping researchers produce better preprints, and a fourth one in the making.” Initially, the focus is on preLights, which is aimed at the Biology research community; then the discussion moves to Review Commons, which focuses on life sciences and biomedical sciences researchers; and lastly, PREreview which is intended for early-career researchers. The platform they mention that is in development is called Early Evidence Base which will “highlight selected experimental results from preprints related to COVID-19.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.