The Librarians’ Dilemma: Contemplating the Costs of the “Big Deal” (2001)

“The most important thing that librarians can do to change the rules of the game is to invest in bold new experiments in scholarly communication; by which experiments I mean The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) partners such as MIT CogNet, BioOne, Columbia Earthscape, New Journal of Physics, Project Euclid, and others.

In investing in these new forms of scholarly communication, we are steadily building the publishing infrastructure so that future scholars may never have to publish in an expensive commercial journal in order to be academically successful. Despite the fact that we are spending a small percentage of our budgets compared to the Big Deals, these initiatives are profoundly subversive to the commercial publishing system — and the commercial publishers know it….”

Poynder On Point: Ten Years After

“The open access (OA) movement has had some big wins this year: In July [2004], a cross-party group of British politicians called on the U.K. government to make all publicly funded research accessible to everyone “free of charge, online.” That same month, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations recommended that all NIH-funded research be made freely available 6 months after publication. But where did the OA movement come from, and where is it taking us? …”

Act now: Funding for Open Textbooks – SPARC

“As part of the recent bipartisan budget deal, $2 billion was designated for programs that “aid college completion and affordability.” SPARC has just been alerted by our Congressional allies that there may be a chance to direct some of this funding toward an open textbook grant program—one of our key legislative priorities. However, we need your help to act fast.”

Update to Analysis of Open Data Policies finds new activity around OA and OD policies in multiple countries – SPARC Europe

“Open Data policy development in Europe is constantly evolving. In an effort to stay abreast of these changes on behalf of the community, SPARC Europe, together with the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), recently released an update to our analysis of Open Data policies in Europe.”

Update to Analysis of Open Data Policies finds new activity around OA and OD policies in multiple countries – SPARC Europe

“Open Data policy development in Europe is constantly evolving. In an effort to stay abreast of these changes on behalf of the community, SPARC Europe, together with the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), recently released an update to our analysis of Open Data policies in Europe.”

2018 SPARC Program Plan – SPARC

“Our leadership work will be concentrated in three program areas: Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education. Additionally, to maximize progress, SPARC will support efforts that champion intellectual freedom, a free and open Internet, privacy, confidentiality, and equitable copyright and intellectual property policies.”

New Resource: OER State Policy Playbook – SPARC

“Today, SPARC released the OER State Policy Playbook, a new resource to support state-level advocacy in the U.S. The Playbook provides policy recommendations for state legislators interested in tackling college affordability through Open Educational Resources (OER). Our partners at Creative Commons USA released a companion resource, the OER State Legislative Guide, which provides detailed commentary on existing legislation.”

Connect OER – SPARC

“Connect OER is a platform to share and discover information about OER activities at campuses across North America. Use the tools below to search for institutions listed in the directory. Simply expand the menus to access search criteria and refine your results. Alternatively, click the buttons below to search by OER activities on campus….”

Research Funders and Expanded Access: A How?To Resource for Health Research Alliance Members, Developed by SPARC and HRA (July 2014)

“SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and the Health Research Alliance (HRA) partnered to produce this guide for HRA member organizations wishing to implement public access policies….”

Open Education Leadership Program – SPARC

“SPARC is currently piloting the SPARC Open Education Leadership program during the 2017-2018 academic year. The pilot began on October 2nd with a cohort of 14 fellows selected from SPARC member libraries. Pilot fellows participate both as students and creators, helping to evaluate and improve the curriculum along the way. Fellows who successfully complete the pilot will receive a certificate and the title of SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, and will be credited as contributors to the program’s development. …”