EarthArXiv announces new partnership with California Digital Library to host earth sciences preprint service – Office of Scholarly Communication

“The Advisory Council of the EarthArXiv preprint service for earth sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with the California Digital Library (CDL) that will support EarthArXiv’s mission, future growth, and long-term sustainability. Core to this partnership will be the transition of EarthArXiv’s preprints server – including public display and submission management – from the Center for Open Science to the eScholarship Publishing program at the CDL.

CDL will host EarthArXiv using Janeway, an open source publishing platform developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing and the Open Library of Humanities at Birkbeck University of London. EarthArXiv’s Advisory Council will maintain ownership and control over the preprint server, while the eScholarship Publishing team will contribute to the development, support, and maintenance of the Janeway platform.

Since its founding, EarthArXiv has partnered with the Center for Open Science to host its content online. Recently, however, financial considerations made it necessary for the Advisory Council to explore alternative hosting partners. “After several organizations stepped up to offer new partnerships (for which EarthArXiv will always be grateful), the Advisory Council voted unanimously to partner with the team at the California Digital Library,” said Bruce Caron, one of the founders of EarthArXiv….”

UC Berkeley Library makes it easier to digitize collections responsibly with novel workflows and bold policy | UC Berkeley Library News

“If you’ve spent any time stoking your curiosity with the UC Berkeley Library’s new online Digital Collections website, you’ve likely discovered all types of treasures digitized from the Library’s collections. The Library has already scanned and made available a virtual mountain of materials, from a photo of folk icon Joan Baez singing in front of Sproul Hall in 1964, to (almost) the entire run of the Daily Californian student newspaper.

The effort is part of the Library’s moonshot goal of wanting to make its estimated 200 million items from its special collections (rare books, manuscripts, photographs, archives, and ephemera) available online for the world to discover and use. But there’s a catch: Before institutions can reproduce materials and publish them online for worldwide access, they have to sort out complicated legal and ethical questions — ones that often stop libraries and other cultural heritage organizations from being able to move forward in setting these treasures free.

The good news? It just got easier to navigate these challenges, thanks to newly released responsible access workflows developed by the Library, which stand to benefit not only UC Berkeley’s digitization efforts, but also those of cultural heritage institutions such as museums, archives, and libraries throughout the nation….”

University Library: Research Librarian (STEM) (Open until filled. Apply by 6/1/2020) (JPF00819) – UCSC Academic Recruit

“The University Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Research Librarian (STEM). Under the direction of the Head of Research Support Services, the Research Librarian (STEM) will support the Library’s strategic priorities related to access and discovery, research and scholarship, and student success in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Library has established support of STEM research through initiatives and partnerships housed in the Science & Engineering Library including the Video Game Lab, the Digital Scholarship Innovation Studio, and the STEM Hub. For this position, we seek a user-focused, forward-thinking, and entrepreneurial individual with strong communication and learning skills to lead the Library in defining its role and further developing capacity in support of STEM research, teaching, and learning. We welcome candidates who are seeking to launch a career in science librarianship and/or to further their professional expertise in the area of open science….”

4.5 Million UC Volumes Digitized & UC’s Most Popular Full View Books in HathiTrust for 2019 – California Digital Library

“The University of California Libraries recently contributed the 4,500,000th digitized book from their collections to HathiTrust Digital Library–a tremendous achievement resulting from 15 years of continuous digitization work. 

The vast majority of these millions of volumes were generated via the Google Books Library Project, which UC joined in 2006. That year the mass digitization of UC’s library collections began in earnest when the Northern Research Library Facility (NRLF) started sending books to the Google Books Library Project for scanning. UC’s work with the Google Books Library Project has never paused–by the time UC’s 3,000,000th volume was digitized in 2010, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, and UCLA had all begun sending collections to Google for digitization. Since then, UC San Francisco, the Southern Research Library Facility (SRLF), UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Barbara have all participated, with UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UCLA, and NRLF continuing to do so….”

“Sharing stories to drive open scholarship” by Rachel Samberg and Anneliese Taylor

“We believe these formats were essential for collaboration, and that using a storytelling framework was an effective way to demonstrate empathy and build trust across institutions, thus driving change. Indeed, following OATIP, nearly all participants signed a public affirmation to “advocate broadly, and work with our stakeholders both locally and in existing consortia, to advance these common goals.”22 We are excited to follow where these journeys will lead.”

Plos strikes California deal as big publishers drop paywalls | Times Higher Education (THE)

“The Public Library of Science has struck a deal with the University of California system designed to sustain the open-access publisher’s subscription-free journals and cover the cost of article processing charges.

The two-year agreement, which will use a combination of California library payments and researcher grant support to cover article processing charges for California research published by Plos journals, is designed to protect Plos periodicals at a time when they face a potential threat from the transition of traditional subscription-based publishers to “read-and-publish” deals in which universities pay publication fees up front in return for the removal of paywalls….

Sara Rouhi, director of strategic partnerships at Plos, said that author-paid fees were only meant to be an interim solution to help academic publishing move away from subscription barriers.

“What UC is doing, by choosing to put Plos as one of their first deals, is really meant to be a signal to the broader library community that these are the publishers that pioneered this model and have been on the right side of history from day one, and we can’t leave them on the sidelines,” she said….

Yet the change also raised the obvious possibility of pressure building over time for funding agencies to stop including money for author fees in grants, Dr MacKie-Mason acknowledged.

For that problem, he said, the solution must eventually require consultations among a broad cross-section of journals, funding agencies and universities to gain agreement on a common long-term set of cost-sharing norms….”

Open and Shut?: PLOS CEO Alison Mudditt discusses new OA agreement with the University of California

“The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and the University of California (UC) have today announced a two-year agreement designed to make it easier and more affordable for UC researchers to publish in the non-profit open-access publisher’s suite of seven journals.

Under the agreement – which is planned to go into effect this Spring – UC Libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the article processing charge (APC) incurred when UC authors choose to publish in a PLOS journal.

 

Authors who do not have research funds available can request UC Libraries pay the full APC fee. The aim is to ensure that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors wishing to publish with PLOS.

 

The pilot is intended to test whether an institutional participation model that leverages multiple funding sources, rather than only grant funds, can provide a sustainable and inclusive path to full open access.

 

Below PLOS CEO Alison Mudditt discusses the new agreement and addresses some of the issues that the current trend for universities and consortia to sign so-called transformative agreements with legacy publishers raises for native open-access publishers like PLOS….”

Open and Shut?: PLOS CEO Alison Mudditt discusses new OA agreement with the University of California

“The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and the University of California (UC) have today announced a two-year agreement designed to make it easier and more affordable for UC researchers to publish in the non-profit open-access publisher’s suite of seven journals.

Under the agreement – which is planned to go into effect this Spring – UC Libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the article processing charge (APC) incurred when UC authors choose to publish in a PLOS journal.

 

Authors who do not have research funds available can request UC Libraries pay the full APC fee. The aim is to ensure that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors wishing to publish with PLOS.

 

The pilot is intended to test whether an institutional participation model that leverages multiple funding sources, rather than only grant funds, can provide a sustainable and inclusive path to full open access.

 

Below PLOS CEO Alison Mudditt discusses the new agreement and addresses some of the issues that the current trend for universities and consortia to sign so-called transformative agreements with legacy publishers raises for native open-access publishers like PLOS….”

CDL Open Access Appointments: Welcome Ellen Finnie and Tran Ha! – California Digital Library

“It is our great pleasure to announce that Ellen Finnie will be joining CDL as Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager. In this role, Ellen will be responsible for initiating, developing, and coordinating the implementation and assessment of open access publisher agreements across a broad spectrum of publishing partners in support of UC’s transformative open access initiatives, expanding our capacity to enter into such agreements and ensuring that these agreements are effectively designed, managed, and integrated into library and publisher workflows.  

Ellen is well-known throughout the library and publisher community for her leadership in scholarly communication and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role.   At MIT, Ellen led open access, licensing, authors’ rights, and scholarly communication transformation efforts, including open access policy development and implementation and creating a licensing program focused on leveraging contracts to enable more open and equitable access to the scholarly publishing ecosystem.  Ellen led negotiations under MIT’s open science principles as manifest in the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, and spearheaded groundbreaking open access agreements with the Royal Society of Chemistry and ACM (the latter in collaboration with UC, Carnegie Mellon and Iowa State University).  We are thrilled that Ellen has chosen to contribute her passion, energy, and considerable talents to further the cause of open access transformation at the University of California.

Ellen will assume her position at CDL effective March 23rd and will work out of her home base in the Greater Boston area. 

We are also extremely pleased to announce that Tran Ha has accepted a position as Open Access Data Analyst at the CDL effective March 16th.  In her role as data analyst, Tran will support a growing publishing analytics program to underpin UC’s transformative open access publisher initiatives, including an expanded capacity to share our analytical methodologies and offer consulting support to other institutions engaged in similar efforts.  The position will also support analytic work for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and we are grateful to them for providing collaborative funding for this new position.

Tran comes to us from UC Berkeley, where she was a senior business systems analyst in the Central Evaluation Unit, working to develop and maintain a multitude of reports relating to undergraduate progress towards degree completion.  Prior to her work in the CEU, Tran was integral to the implementation of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions on Berkeley’s campus, supporting data conversion from legacy systems and cleaning up transfer credit data.  Tran brings with her a remarkable capacity for tackling complex projects, a strong facility for communicating technical and data-related concepts to audiences of various levels of expertise and understanding, and a deep interest in data analysis and visualization….”