Friday, 4th October 2013
UK: Briefing on Mandatory Open Access Policies
Source: Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) (UK)
From the Preface:
While the debate over the benefits of the “Gold” versus “Green” approach to Open Access will undoubtedly continue, the introduction of new requirements from research funders has brought a series of immediate practical challenges. This briefing has been produced to support SCONUL members in meeting those challenges. It does not consider or debate the wider political and economic questions about the future of open access policy but instead delivers guidance and practical experience in meeting funder requirements.
It includes a short history of Open Access developments; provides a clear statement of funder requirements and lists further resources...It highlights learning from a survey of members and case studies. These provide insight into how peer institutions are changing their policies and processes to meet the new requirements.
Given the university library’s central place in institutional life it is unsurprising that our survey and case studies suggest that it is libraries that are taking the lead in setting up the systems and processes necessary within their own institutions. Library staff have a real depth of knowledge of academic publishing developed over years of handling payments to, and negotiations with, academic publishers. Libraries are also the repositories of significant expertise in handling the financial and bibliographic data which will be core to the new systems.
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By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
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