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New university initiatives focus on bringing open educational resources to the masses

“The effort to replace textbooks with open educational resources (OER) is gaining momentum as colleges move past pilots to expand the use of free or inexpensive course materials across states and systems. In states such as New Hampshire and New York, university systems are building new initiatives that build on years of lessons learned about using OER in the classroom. At the same time, organizations such as Achieving the Dream are investing millions of dollars to help community colleges in 13 different states build OER-based degree programs.” (via Inside Higher Eduation)

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Total Open Access: the new gospel of scientific communication

“Scientific communication has evidently hit a brick wall. A growing number of scientists are publishing an increasing number of results and findings from research all over the world. Never before has the output from scientific publications been so great.As some publishers of journals exploit their market position and pitch subscription prices as if they hold the monopoly, however, many libraries are no longer able to afford these publications. In the so-called journal crisis, which began around 15 years ago, the mounting calls among librarians for free access to scientific information mirrored the soaring subscription fees.” (via Research Information)

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MIT Libraries supporting Open Library of Humanities

“The MIT Libraries have joined the Open Library of Humanities’ (OLH), an academic-led, all open access publisher of humanities journals. The platform, which has funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee. The platform hosts peer-reviewed open access journals in the humanities, as well as OLH’s own multidisciplinary open access journal.” (via MIT Libraries News)

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Texas A&M University Libraries Working To Solve Problem Of Expensive Textbooks

“Textbooks can be a major expense for college students, but Texas A&M University is working to ease that burden with open access (OA) textbooks. An “open” textbook is an openly-licensed, digital textbook that can be read, downloaded and printed online at no cost, for anyone to use and share freely.” (via The Katy News)

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Open-access books slowly on the rise, says PCG

Publishers and libraries are increasingly experimenting with open access (OA) books, according to a new survey by Publishers Communication Group (PCG). Books published under the gold open access model with no paywall for readers are expected to slowly grow in importance, with funding derived from a variety of sources including library budgets, the study reported. Following PCG’s 2014 survey into library adoption and funding of OA journals, the Open Access Monographs Survey sought input from both publishers who are active in and considering OA book programs, and librarians around the world who contend with new institutional OA mandates and emerging acquisition models.” (via Research Information)

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‘Simple and Seamless’ or ‘Significant Obstacle’?

“Academic, library and technology organizations are denouncing a new sharing and hosting policy adopted last month by publisher Elsevier, saying it undermines open-access policies at colleges and universities and prevents authors from sharing their work. Elsevier, which publishes thousands of journals, introduced the policy last month. It aims to strike a balance between making sharing “simple and seamless” and “being consistent with access and usage rights associated with journal articles,” the publisher said in a blog post.” (via Chronicle)

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In a Move Toward Open Access, ‘Nature’ Allows Widespread Article Sharing

“Nature, one of the world’s most-cited scientific publications, took a step toward open access on Tuesday by granting its subscribers and journalists wide authority to let outside readers view its articles at no cost. Under the new policy, subscribers to 49 journals published by the Nature Publishing Group and collected on Nature’s website can create and share links to full-text versions of all of that content. About 100 media outlets also can include free links in news reports that reference articles in the group’s journals.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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Librarians ‘maintaining subscriptions despite OA’

“Improved library budgets have mitigated an anticipated decline in journals subscriptions from the adoption of OA, according to US research and brokerage firm Bernstein Research.A newly prepared report from the firm, seen by The Bookseller, said the upturn in library fortunes meant they had not been progressively abandoning contracts to achieve savings as was feared two years ago. Bernstein Research had also now reversed its 2012 view that political intervention in the UK and Europe would force a shift to full OA journals, with negative consequences to publishers such as Elsevier and Wiley.” (via The Bookseller)

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New JSTOR online magazine seeks to expand access to archives

“Much of the world’s knowledge is contained in JSTOR, a vast digital academic library. But most of that content is behind a subscription wall. And if you’re not looking for something specific — or even if you are — attempting to take in all that knowledge can be an overwhelming experience. Wanting to make JSTOR’s content a little more digestible and to engage a different kind of audience, the library today is officially launching its new online magazine, JSTOR Daily. The slick-looking home page already features some 100 blog posts and original articles, most of which draw on and link to more expansive content already on JSTOR. Topics vary widely, from a note on the enduring relevance of Herman Melville, for example, to the economic history of tipping. The magazine intends to publish a several blog posts daily, plus at least one longer-form piece each Wednesday.” (via insidehighered)

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A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access

“Funded by tertiary institutions rather than individual researchers, this new model seeks to provide open access not just to traditional academic publications but to all forms of scholarly output.” (via EDUCAUSE)

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