-- Two exciting new sites announced this month:
- Why Open Research? featuring graphics, slidedecks, faqs and more
- Guide to Understanding Open Access 140 page pdf from Authors Alliance
-- Google Books & WashU Libraries "On October 16, a U.S. federal appeals court concluded that creation of the world’s most comprehensive index of full-text books constituted fair use." Copyright and Digital Access Librarian, Micah Zeller, writes about reactions and applications of this decision.
-- Text mining: Much was written this month about this story: Elsevier stopped me doing my research; Elsevier Says Downloading And Content-Mining Licensed Copies Of Research Papers 'Could Be Considered' Stealing. I hope we will have more to say about text-mining of library-licensed and open-access content in 2016. Meanwhile, please ask your subject librarian for questions about appropriate use of our electronic resources, including text and data mining.
-- Another big story this month was the resignation of the editorial board of the Elsevier journal, Lingua, and formation of an open access journal, Glossa. Elsevier plans to continue to publish Lingua and WU subscription will continue at least through 2016, since it is too late to cancel for next year at this date. If you think we should cancel Lingua, please contact your subject librarian! Here is a selection of posts about this story:
Language of Protest (Inside Higher Education)
Elsevier Battle Escalates (Inside Higher Education)
What Open-Access Publishing Actually Costs (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Leveraging 'Lingua' (Inside Higher Education)
ARL, Higher Education Groups Support Lingua Editors, Open Access (Association of Research Libraries)
Whose Journal is This, Anyway? (Inside Higher Education)
and many more blog posts!
-- Important study about the impact on learning of open textbooks and other open educational resources: Major Study Finds OER Students Do Just as Well — or Better This blog post summarizes and links to the research report published in Journal of Computing in Higher Education dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12528-015-9101-x.
-- Recent critiques of academia.edu:
- Academia.edu and the Ethics of Open Access from Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco, referring to What does Academia_edu’s success mean for Open Access? The data-driven world of search engines and social networking, by Gary Hall
- Academia, Not Edu, by Kathleen Fitzpatrick."Academia.edu is not an educationally-affiliated organization, but a dot-com ... at some point, it will be required to turn a profit, or it will be sold for parts, or it will shut down."
- Alternatives with more permanence and many advantages abound, including subject repositories, such as MLA Commons which Kathleen Fiztpatrick mentions in her role with Modern Language Association, and institutional repositories, such as Open Scholarship and others.