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Open Access Journals Support in Canada - Selected Survey Results

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Date created: 
2010-10
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Currently, many Canadian scholarly journals rely on subscriptions for financial support; it is assumed that developing alternative models to support academic journals on an open access basis will facilitate the transition to open access publishing.The Open Access Journals Support in Canada survey was undertaken to explore the extent to which universities and university/scholarly presses are supporting (or willing to support) open access journals through the hosting of online journals and through changes in collections policies, and to gather information on their attitudes about future directions in support for open access journals. Important findings include that many Canadian university libraries host online journals, or are planning on doing so in the future, but there appears to be a gap in their understanding of what it takes to "publish" instead of simply "host" journals. Presses and libraries are either currently supporting, or are willing to support, open access publishing with their own budgets. However, models involving consortial support, such as SCOAP3, and other fixed cost models, as well as those involving external funding sources, are viewed most favourably, enjoying broad-based support from libraries and presses, and importantly, no responses of "would not support". It is hoped that results of this survey will help Canadian libraries to move forward towards a new level of support for open access publishing by identifying model(s) most likely to benefit from broad-based support.

Open Source Electronic Resource Management System: A Collaborative Implementation

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Yes, item is peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2010-03
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Librarians and strategists at Simon Fraser University (SFU) have collaborated with a team of middle-sized libraries to expand the open-source CUFTS Researcher suite of tools to include an Electronic Resources Management (ERM) system. This paper focuses on: the development and implementation of the CUFTS ERM; interoperability between CUFTS ERM and integrated library systems (Millennium); impact of the ERM on acquisitions, serials, and collections workflows and staffing at SFU Library and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Library.

Looking for a Link: Comparing Faculty Citations Pre and Post Big Deals

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Date created: 
2007-06-06
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Big Deals expand an institution’s access to scholarly literature, with usage statistics showing that previously unavailable journals receive significant usage. To determine if faculty use these new e-journals in their research, the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library analyzed SFU citation data to journals from selected Big Deals for two years prior to signing a major Big Deal (1993 and 1998) and for two consecutive years following the Big Deal (2004 and 2005). Pre Big Deal, the percentage of citations to journals that are part of Big Deals but were previously not subscribed to was an average of 2.6%. Post Big Deal this increased to an average of 6.1%.

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