All you need to know about the #AfLibWk & #1Lib1Ref campaign – African Library & Information Associations & Institutions

“From 24th to 30th May 2020, the first African Librarians Week, #AfLibWk takes place! Library and information professionals across Africa will be adding accurate and reliable sources to articles on Wikipedia. The week-long virtual event is being championed by AfLIA as part of the global #1Lib1Ref campaign, an annual event launched by the Wikimedia Foundation and aims to invite librarians around the world to add sources to Wikipedia. Wikipedia, the world’s free online encyclopedia that’s created, edited, and verified by people around the world, is an important source of fact-based knowledge for researchers and the public. Let us walk you through the key highlights of the event and how you can participate….”

Librarians Create Conditions for Researchers to Tackle Grand Challenges with Data Science – Association of Research Libraries

“The COVID-19 pandemic, and the global scientific effort to develop treatments and vaccines, is the latest large-scale event to show the power and urgency of collaboration and data-sharing to solve society’s greatest challenges. Research libraries and librarians play a critical role in data management, education, and policy, empowering researchers to use data more effectively….

The Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) —a community of leaders, practitioners, educators, and librarians—came together to expand the cumulative experience of the cross-disciplinary Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments to other institutions. ADSA holds virtual events on scaling data-science capacity. Libraries and librarians are involved in data science as data curators, trainers, tool builders, and more. To meet this moment, ADSA has also amassed COVID-19 data-science resources and is crowdsourcing expansion of those resources….

In January 2020, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) filed public comments with the US Patent and Trademark Office on “Intellectual Property Protection for Artificial Intelligence Innovation.” The LCA explained how the right of fair use in US copyright law clears the way for much of the data processing—often involving large volumes of copyrighted material—that makes machine learning possible. …

Text and data mining are also critical tools in the digital humanities, and require “legal literacy,” or the knowledge and confidence of finding and using sources for this work. Funded by the US National Endowment for the Humanities, a team of librarians, legal experts, and scholars are building an open educational curriculum called “Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining.” …”


scholcomm – [SCHOLCOMM] Request for help with an online survey for an assignment on the preferences of research librarians for digital channels – arc

“On 11 March, I asked the community if I could get some help with an online survey I am running to learn about the preferences of research library leaders and scholarly communications librarians for digital channels and professional content in digital formats….”

Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Plans for Academic & Scholarly Journals

“The report looks closely at how academic libraries manage and possibly alter their academic journal purchasing and collection practices in the near future.   The study gives detailed data on how much libraries have been spending on academic journals, and what percentage of their subscription base is accounted for by print alone, print/electronic, or electronic alone subscriptions, with detailed statistical breakdowns for each type of subscription.  The report also presents exhaustive information on the role of so called “Big Deals” in journals purchasing.  Survey participants also rate their satisfaction with their ability to assess journal usage on campus and, in open ended questions, discuss what they have done and plan to do in their journals purchasing regime.

Just a few of this report’s many findings are that:

For private colleges and universities approximately 20.47 % of all spending on academic journals is for print alone subscriptions.

Mean spending for academic journals by the libraries in the sample was $917,961 for the 2019-20 academic year.
For BA-granting institutions so called “Big Deals” through which colleges subscribe to a broad range of journals from a particular publisher at a reduced price, accounted for 48% of total expenditures on journals.
Only 14.29% of research university directors or deans sampled felt “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their capacity to assess journals usage by their library patron populations….”

Mutinous librarians help drive change at Elsevier | Financial Times

“The company is facing a profound shift in the way it does business, as customers reject traditional charging structures. Open access publishing — the move to break down paywalls and make scientific research free to read — is upending the funding model for journals, at the behest of regulators and some big research funders, while online tools and the illicit Russian pirate-site Sci-Hub are taking readers. Even Donald Trump’s administration in December began consulting on an executive order to “liberate” publicly funded research, according to people briefed on the process….

But its willingness to experiment has increased markedly since Kumsal Bayazit, an Istanbul-born former management consultant, took over as chief executive last year. Admitting Elsevier’s transition to open access was too “slow”, she is now stepping up one of the big evolutions of the company’s history….”

Perceptions and beliefs of academic librarians in Germany and the USA: a comparative study

“The German respondents felt it more likely (by ½ point) than those in the USA that attracting a new generation to the profession will become more difficult, and that for scholarly articles, Open Access will emerge as the predominant publishing model. The American respondents felt it more likely (by ? of a point) than those in Germany that one or a few commercial entities will dominate the global scientific information infrastructure, and that libraries will be forced to reduce purchasing or subscribing to publisher-controlled information sources due to their rising costs….

The German respondents think it more likely that it will become more difficult to attract young people to it, and that Open Access will become the predominant scholarly article publishing model, than their American colleagues. The respondents in the USA, on the other hand, see greater likelihood than those in Germany that large parts of the global scientific information infrastructure will become dominated by one or a few commercial entities, and that rising costs of publisher-controlled information sources will force libraries to reduce their purchases/subscriptions….”

“Role of Librarian in Promoting Open Access Study of Indian Librarians Community” by vrushali Dandawate

Abstract:  From long time open access has become important for libraries and information centres. Due to shrinking budget of libraries and continuous growth in open access journals and other information resources libraries are adopting and promoting open access. Many Libraries are moving from closed access to open access of resources. Every year nearly 10000 plus open access journals are coming in market so here librarians has to help their patrons to identify the correct journals for publish the research work and make funds available for APC charges for such journals. Librarians are supporting Open Access publishing and also playing an important role in promoting OA. But understanding importance of open access by user community is depend upon how actively that institute librarian promote OA. This paper deals about awareness of open Access among Indian Librarians Community  the main aim of this study to get idea about Librarians view about open Access and various open access resources.  Data is collected through online survey method from various Librarians group.


Why are Librarians Concerned about GetFTR?  – The Scholarly Kitchen

“Twitter was abuzz this past week with the announcement of Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) at the STM association meeting in London. GetFTR attempts to reduce friction between discovery and access through a new kind of linking data service, and Roger Schonfeld’s same day analysis here in The Scholarly Kitchen provided some information from a publisher perspective. 

Developed by a group of five of the largest publishers, and built on top of RA21’s Seamless Access service, GetFTR was very effectively kept under wraps until the formal announcement — so much so that the staff of NISO, a lead partner in Seamless Access, was completely unaware of the project. 

GetFTR offers clear benefits for publishers and researchers. A direct link to a copy with known access entitlements is very useful. But, it seems some were taken aback by the less than warm welcome the announcement received from the library community.

Today, I wish to articulate why many librarians are concerned about GetFTR. …

GetFTR builds on the foundation of Seamless Access, an initiative that troubles the library community. The predecessor project, RA21, raised many concerns related to control over and privacy of user data and the future of publisher support for proxy and IP based authentication, access pathways that are valued and broadly implemented in academic libraries. The follow-on organization to the RA21 project, Seamless Access, seems to be unable to find a library organization partner to join the leadership team in spite of making a number of overtures, and the group has chosen to move forward with implementation without that engagement. By connecting itself to Seamless Access, GetFTR is “inheriting” a number of the library critiques of Seamless Access….”


CFP: Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Culture: Law, Economics, and Publishing – OER + ScholComm

“We are pleased to announce a call for proposals for Unit 3 contributions (see more details below) in our upcoming edited open book, Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Culture: Law, Economics, and Publishing, to be openly published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in electronic and print formats. Authors retain copyright of their contributions, but commit to open publication in the CC-BY-NC book.

Proposals will be accepted in three areas:

Perspectives – situated and self-reflexive discussions of topics of importance in scholarly communication
Intersections – examples of and reflections on the intersection of scholarly communication with other areas of academic librarianship or other stakeholders
Case Studies – stories and lessons learned drawn from experience by librarians engaged in scholarly communication work…”