[Abstract] INTRODUCTION As the open access movement has fostered a shift from subscriber-funded journals to author-pays models, scholars seek funding for the dissemination of their research. In response to this need, some libraries have established open access funds at their institutions. This paper presents an evaluation of an open access fund at a comprehensive university. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM/SERVICE Wanting to learn how faculty have benefitted from an open access publishing fund, Grand Valley State University Libraries surveyed recipients of the fund. The survey asked authors why they chose an open access publishing option and whether the fund influenced this decision. Authors were also asked whether they perceived that selecting an open access option broadened exposure to their work and about their likelihood of choosing open access in the future. NEXT STEPS This article shares the results of this small survey and explores next steps in promoting and evaluating the fund and opportunities for focusing educational efforts across campus.
“[W]hen…you approach them as a scientist, if you feel like you’re talking to an adult and they give you a rational response and are willing to share data and discuss an issue rationally, [I feel that I can return to my work instead of investigating their credibility]. But when you reach out to them, as I did with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and they do not return your phone calls, they do not share data, they do not respond to FOIA [open-records requests], y’know. … In each case I just started asking questions and turning over rocks, and I resolved to myself, The second something slimy doesn’t come out, I’m gonna [return to my work] . But every single rock you turn over, something slimy comes out….”
“The Michigan Service Hub exists to aggregate Michigan’s strong, varied digital collections, for contribution to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This is a newly created position funded for three years with the possibility of extension. Located at the University of Michigan, this position is open to experienced information professionals and is focused on the creation of the new statewide hub supporting the State of Michigan’s participation in DPLA….Responsibilities: …Serve as the primary provider for the various agreements required for new partners, including getting memorandum of understandings signed, explaining metadata terms of open access, etc….”