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News collected from the library community - Jan 17-Feb 24

News collected from the library community - Jan 17-Feb 24


Below is an index by topic of hot articles/blog posts/list serve comments on topics we've been discussing in the CAP:

20 February 2012 FROM THE WIRES: Library and ScholarlyCommunications News

Jan 17-Feb 24, 2012

Elsevier/RWA Tracking:

The Association of American University Presses does not support the proposed Research Works Act, the group said in a statement released Tuesday. But it also does not support an opposing bill, the Federal Research Public Access Act, which would require public access to the results of federally financed research no later than six months after publication. Theother bill would prevent federal agencies from imposing such mandates.

Post-cancellation access:

“Hosting Perpetual Access Content on Library Server”


“I would too, Katy, and would also be interested in hearing if there are any other publishers besides the American Chemical Society who provide only a CD-ROM format for previously subscribed content.

~Joanne V. Romano, MLS, Licensing and Serials Librarian, Houston Academy of Medicine

Token access:

“Wiley Article Select Tokens WAS Wiley bundling / non-cancellation”


Article Select PPV gives access to almost all content on Wiley Online Library: 1500 journals, 10,000 books, Current Protocols, and Major Reference Works. With standard PPV @ $35/article, you can buy 1500 packs of tokens @ $12.25/article – not a bad deal.  The tokens do expire one year after activation.

Our Wiley rep confirmed recently that Article Select was available to institutions without any Wiley subscriptions (as well as to institutions that wish to use Article Select to augment current Wiley subs).  This was confirmed via email, so I don’t know that I would trust Wiley to honor this if an institution were to cancel all current subscriptions.

Article Select could be a viable option, yet this is tangential to the bundling/non-cancellationissue being discussed.

~ Nathan Hosburgh, Document Delivery Librarian, Florida Institute of Technology

Open Access/”The Big Deal”:

“Could the University of Iowa Libraries save over $2 million from their subscriptions budget with a flip to open access?”

By my calculations, the University of Iowa Libraries could save over $2 million dollars or 60% of the expenditures for journals listed on this web page with a full flip to open access, paid for entirely out of the library budget, assuming a mixed modelcomposed of half of the articles published in the scholar-led publishing sector as illustrated by OJS (Edgar & Willinsky), with an average per-article cost of $188; and the other half published using an article processing fee with the PLoS ONE fee of $1,350 as an average. It is assumed that 1,960 articles were published by the University of Iowa Libraries in 2010, based on a Google Scholar Advanced Search.


“Harvard Library Releases Org Chart, Offers Buyouts”

Library Journal:

Harvard Library revealed its new organizational structure on February 10th. The restructuring, which is based on the 2009 recommendations of a library task force, focuses on eliminating redundancy across the university’s 73 libraries through the creation of shared services departments. These perform functions previously duplicated at every library. As part of the restructuring, the university has offered 275 voluntary buyouts to library staff.

Discovery Tools

“FW: RSC Publishing content is more discoverable”


RSC Publishing is pleased to announce new agreements for our content to be indexed in SerialsSolution SummonT, EBSCO Discovery ServiceT, ProQuest IllustrataT and OCLC Worldcat, aligned with our key priorities for discoverability of content.

“Resource discovery platforms - communications and marketing”


Here at LSE, we are considering purchasing a new resource discovery platform. I’d be interested to hear how much other libraries have done in terms of marketing and communications when implementing such a service. Were there any particular sources of confusion for users – perhaps concerning coverage? How did you inform users about the change? Did you run training sessions for staff or students?