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Open Access Policy Update

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Date created: 
2007
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This presentation explores the status of open access policy
developments internationally, and particularly in Canada, as of April
2007. While open access resources are substantial, and growing
rapidly, the primary issue for open access archives (institutional
repositories) is content acquisition, and few researchers fully
understand open access, illustrating an ongoing need for policy. Open
access policy initiatives are happening around the world. Sherpa
Juliet lists more than 20 funding agency policies, from at least 10
countries. More than half the policies are by medical research
funders. ROARMAP lists at least 40 institutional policies from at
least 12 countries. Many more policy initiatives are in the works,
such as the European Commission and the U.S. Federal Research Public
Access Act. In Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council adopted open access in principle in 2004, and recently
initiated an Aid to Open Access Journals program, a one-year bridge
program for SSHRC subsidized journals. Genome Canada has a strong
open access policy for both published research results and data.
Policy development is underway at the Canadian Institutes for Health
Research, the International Development Research Centre, and the
Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance.

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Conference presentation
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Open Access in Physics and Chemistry, or, A Tale of Two Disciplines

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Date created: 
2006
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There are disciplinary differences in awareness of, and
approaches to, open access and other types of "openness". It is
likely that there are no great differences than the differences
between physics and chemistry. Physics, as a discipline, has long
been the leader in open access archiving, beginning in 1991 with the
establishment of arXiv, and continuing with the CERN Documents
Server. In physics, open access is mainstream, with open access
archiving peacefully coexisting with traditional publishing. Physics
is currently leading a push towards full open access publishing.

Chemistry, in contrast, has had very low rates of self-archiving of
peer-reviewed journal articles, and traditional publishers, until
recently, were fighting open access. However, a slightly different
picture emerges when we consider the broader concept of "openness",
as chemistry appears to be emerging as a leader in open data and open
source science.

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Conference presentation
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Revolution in the stacks: A bibliography of selected multimedia anarchist resources in English

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Date created: 
2004-03-01
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Provides a selective bibliography of English language multimedia resources for librarians, teachers, students, and activists interested in anarchism. Includes lists of suggested books,
encyclopedias, journals, music, Web sites, e-books, videos, and indexes, as well as selection tools to assist librarians in developing anarchist collections.

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Article

Online catalogue research and the verbal protocol method

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1999
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The verbal protocol method is used extensively in computer usability studies. This study was designed to test the feasibility of using the verbal protocol method as a means of conducting field research on the online catalogue. Ten undergraduate students conducted their own research on DRA's Infogate. As they searched, they talked aloud about what keys they were pressing, what was happening on the screen, and their reactions. Transcripts of sessions were analyzed. A total of 65 different problems or comments were noted during search sessions, with 11 problems or comments noted in three or more sessions. This supports the hypothesis that the verbal protocol method is a valuable means of identifying common problems for users. It is suggested that the verbal protocol method offers great potential as a research tool in librarianship, for example in the area of interface design.

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Article

The implications of usage statistics as an economic factor in scholarly communications

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Date created: 
2005-09-13
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Usage statistics for electronic resources are needed, and highly desirable, for many reasons. It is encouraging to see the beginnings of quality, reliable usage data. This data can form the basis of economic decisions (selection and cancellation) that make a great deal of sense in the context of the individual library. However, the cumulative effects of such decisions could have serious implications for scholarly communications. For example, the journals of small research communities could easily be vulnerable to mass cancellations, and might fold. Fortunately, open access provides an alternative. The question of whether the impact of local decisions on scholarly communications as a whole should be taken into account in collection development policies is raised. The possibility that usage statistics could form the basis for a usage-based pricing system is discussed, and found to be highly inadvisable, as usage-based pricing tends to discourage usage.

Document type: 
Book chapter

DSpace as a Preservation Platform

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2005-09-15
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This presentation, given on September 15, 2005 at the Vancuover Regional Digital Archives Group meeting, introduces institutional repositories, briefly surveys the international and Canadian repository communities, and describes the Simon Fraser University Institutional Repository. The presentation then focuses on aspects of the DSpace software that address digital preservation, and also surveys some current work being done to expand these aspects. A live demonstation of DSpace (in which this PowerPoint file was submitted to the Library Staff Papers collection) concluded the presentation.

Document type: 
Conference presentation

Libraries and elearning: getting the message across

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Date created: 
2007-04-23
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CARL eLearning Report 2005:
- Issues identified
- Conclusions & Recommendations
- Subsequent activities;
State of LMS’s and libraries

Document type: 
Conference presentation
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Open Access and Policy Issues

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2005-10-22
Document type: 
Conference presentation
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