Archive for the ‘self-archiving’ Category

This slideshow ‘ is a great summary of a very important concept.

Librarians have information literacy very high on their agendas. Part of IL is how to evaluate material found online – this is an important part of both scholarhip, and lifelong learning. The existance of pre-prints and non-peer reviewed material in repositories is something that often gets highlighted as questionable, rightly so. When explaining how to evaluate online material, some of the characteristics of repository material wouldn’t always fit into our ‘safe’ categories. The ‘matrix of authority’ that Laura Cohen is pointing out is a step in the right direction, bringing in additional criteria for evaluating material.


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Yesterday we met with two legal people from the University to discuss licences and legal requirements for outlining deposit agreements and the like. The discussion brought up points I hadn’t thought to consider, and also highlighted the need to provide information and education on Intellectual Property Rights, including copyright and the fine print for publishing industry funded work.

Today I was trawling through a database and came across an article published by researchers here, published in a journal that is, by Sherpa ROMEO standards, a ‘white‘ journal. This means archiving is not formally supported by the publisher. I took a look at the publisher copyright statement to be signed by authors. It requires the author to agree to the following:

The author(s), in consideration of the acceptance of the above work for publication, does hereby assign and transfer to {the publisher} all of the rights and interest in and to the copyright of the above-titled work in its current form and in any subsequent ly revised form for publication and/or electronic dissemination.

Now I understand this has been standard practice for publishers and authors, but would I want to divest myself so entirely of the right to my own intellectual capital? It highlights for me the need to offer signposting to alternatives to these licences. Why not try an addendum or use the JISC/SURF Licence to Publish?

Awareness is clearly the key to making informed decisions on what happens to your intellectual property. I’m going to be working on developing material for our website, for training sessions and anywhere else I can get my foot in.

(Licence or License – my natural instinct is for the ‘s’, sorry… a case of the old ‘separated by a common language’. I fall between the two.)

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If the entertainment blogs are to be believed, the Britney Spears approach to sharing means splitting your half-finished lollypop with the new man in your life (I’m not linking to my sources – *this* is a quality blog..!).
I’m not sure generosity should extend that far, but the following is certainly a much better example of sharing. I’ve just found a pre-print by Joanna Barwick in the Loughborough Repository. It’s entitled Collecting Loughborough’s research: the story of our Institutional Repository. The handle, or link is http://hdl.handle.net/2134/2992.
This stuff is like gold dust, and reading about the experiences of repository development at Loughborough is invaluable. Well played, Joanna and the Loughborough team.

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Something caught my attention last week, at the ALPSP seminar on Publishing and Libraries of the Future (which I’ll blog about shortly). It was a comment by Diana Leitch, chair of the sessions. The seminar itself was intended stimulate thoughts on where publishing and libraries are heading, with views from a practising librarian (me), society publisher, scientific researcher and library technology provider.

We had just finished the open panel at the end of the event, where comments on institutional repositories, publishing and librarians were made, obviously from various viewpoints. Diana’s comment was something along these lines – we may not all agree, but at least we’re opening up the discussion and talking about the future of scholarly communication. *bing!!*

It seems to me that there’s been a disconnect between librarians and publishers and researchers for sometime now, and the advent of open access and repositories have forced us all to rethink our positions. The underlying issue is the facilitation of access to scholarly communication. Is open access and self-archiving a threat or an opportunity? Conversations at the end of the ALPSP event came from all perspectives but at least there was discussion.

Kudos to ALPSP for setting up a platform to get the conversation moving.

I’ve been having another conversation with a professor from Biology & Biochemistry about open access publishing and he has some very legitimate concerns about the impact of funding council mandates on researchers and the effect of OA on learned societies. This correspondence is very informative and thought provoking, and again, the conversation is invaluable. I’m sure there’ll be more on these conversations further on in this blog…

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