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OCLC Research, CNI and the George Washington University Libraries to co-sponsor Evolving Scholarly Record workshop
- 20 Oct 2014

The Evolving Scholarly Record workshop, co-sponsored by OCLC Research, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the George Washington University Libraries, builds on the framework presented in the OCLC Research report, The Evolving Scholarly Record.

The workshop, scheduled for December 10, 2014, at Washington, DC, will explore the responsibilities of research libraries, data archives, and other stewards of research output - and identify new alliances that should be forged to create a reliable ecosystem for preserving the scholarly record and making it accessible. This is the second in a series of Evolving Scholarly Record workshops. The first was held in Amsterdam on June 10, 2014.

OCLC Research Library Partners, CNI attendees, and other interested community members with a mission for collecting, making available, and preserving the scholarly record are invited to attend the workshop.
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Information Today, Inc. webinar focuses on how the discovery ecosystem involves much more than the single search box
- 20 Oct 2014

A recent Information Today, Inc. webinar, sponsored by ProQuest, discussion focused on how the discovery ecosystem involves much more than the single search box and the content that libraries make available to their users.

Attention focused on the increasing role that librarians can play by embedding themselves within the researcher workflow, along with contextual guidance and new tools to help researchers at the point of need.

Both presenters, Amy Fry (Electronic Resources Librarian, Bowling Green State University) and Eddie Neuwirth (Senior Product Manager, ProQuest), highlighted how both the library and the vendor can elevate the research experience to a new level. Both Amy and Eddie highlighted a user experience focused on improving research productivity with discovery, linking, and research management tools. This increases opportunities for researcher collaboration, and provides new opportunities for libraries and librarians to meet users' needs and gain credit for the valuable services they provide.

This on-demand recording hosted by ProQuest and Information Today, Inc. can be viewed here.
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International Open Access Week shines spotlight on increasing the impact of scientific research
- 20 Oct 2014

Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power that Open Access has to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the seventh annual Open Access Week taking place from October 20-26, 2014.

This year's theme of 'Generation Open' highlights the important role that students and early career researchers play as advocates for change, both in the short-term through institutional and governmental policy, and also as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends. The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

The theme 'Generation Open' returns International Open Access Week to its foundation. Begun in 2007 as Open Access Day, the event was originally a partnership between SPARC and students who organised local events on a handful of campuses across the US. Since then, both student involvement in Open Access and Open Access Week itself have grown exponentially.

Open Access - the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need - is seen to be transforming the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. Providing open access to research has the power to directly enable scientific advancements and innovative job growth in a wide range of fields, from healthcare to energy to agriculture. Open Access Week, a community-driven, week-long global event, provides an opportunity for all stakeholders in the research community to share the successes they've had with Open Access, and to help continue building momentum towards greater adoption of Open Access policies and practices.

Open Access Week kicks off on October 20th at 3:00 pm EDT at the World Bank in Washington, DC with a forum for students and early career researchers. This lively conversation with an expert panel representing research funders, university administrators, and scholarly societies will explore how the transition to Open Access affects scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. A free webcast and LiveBlog of the panel discussion will be available at http://live.worldbank.org.

On October 21, the student-led Open Access Button will launch its newest release. The Open Access Button has already mapped nearly 10,000 collisions with journal pay walls around the world, and the new release will feature powerful new tools for connecting researchers with freely accessible copies of articles. The live event (at 1:00 pm EDT) will be streamed at www.openaccessbutton.org.

In Nepal, students are organising a three-day conference that will bring together students, librarians, faculty, leading government officials, and others to raise awareness about Open Access and related issues and develop a plan for accelerating the Open Access movement in Nepal.

In France, students are organising an Open Access Xsprint, a hackathon that will bring together graphic designers, illustrators, Open Access advocates, and researchers to create resources for promoting Open Access.

On October 22, the School of Open Africa is launching with an event in Kenya. At the College of the Holy Cross in the US, students are hosting daily events throughout Open Access Week to raise the profile of the issue on campus.

On October 23, a group of Open Access advocates including SPARC, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, Fundacion Karisma, and others will participate in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) that will serve as an open forum and live Q&A on all things Open Access. The AMA will start at 1:00 pm EDT and run for 3-4 hours.

In South Africa, students from the OpenUCT initiative are developing new ideas for engaging their campus community on Open Access, including a debate on Open Access featuring the University of Cape Town SRC Debating Union team and an 'Access Challenge' where students compete to answer questions with and without access to their universities' online resources.
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SCOAP3 webinar to discuss status of the initiative and future plans
- 15 Oct 2014

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) recently marked the publication of its 3333rd article. The Consortium will host an online conversation on November 18th to discuss its first months of operation.

Starting January 2014, SCOAP3 has supported publication of Open Access articles in high-quality peer-reviewed journals in the field of high-energy physics. Articles copyright stays with the authors and content is released under a CC-BY license, freely accessible both on the publishers' website as well as on the SCOAP3 repository, from where participating libraries can ingest selected content and build value-added services.

Over ten thousand authors from 80 countries benefited from these conditions, at no direct cost. Article-processing charges, competitively determined through an open procurement process, are centrally supported by the SCOAP3 consortium. All libraries worldwide who used to subscribe to these journals have already received, or are receiving, commensurate reductions by the publishers participating in SCOAP3 and are welcome to join this one-of-its-kind global Open Access partnership and support their researchers.

In recent months, the SCOAP3 partnership grew to count several new countries and international organisations: the consortium now counts 33 partners in 38 countries across four continents. Collectively they represent over 2000 libraries, research organisation and funding agencies which have re-directed to SCOAP3 their previous subscription costs for participating journals.

The SCOAP3 webinar will discuss the status of the initiative and its future plans.
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Jenny Kühne takes over rights and licensing at the Frankfurt Book Fair
- 15 Oct 2014

Frankfurt Book Fair has announced that as of September 1, 2014, Jenny Kühne has been responsible for marketing the Frankfurt Book Fair's RightsLink licensing service for online permissions. In addition, she will be responsible for the networking and further development of the previously existing rights activities of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Jenny Kühne has been with the Book Fair since 2013, and was employed most recently in the department Science, Business Information, Education, Technology&English-Language World. Prior to this she worked as a literary editor, in a literary agency and in public relations.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry's biggest trade fair - with 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 270,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and around 9,000 accredited journalists in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways.
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