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Transforming the Library Workplace

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Jill Emory, Professor at Portland State University noted that open Book publishers were their first agreements, The challenge is that they must do a  reevaluation every year to find out how OA is being utilized. Some faculty members don’t want to use OA so the library had to figure out a work around for them. Tey are working with research community and letting them know what is available, knowing what they must ask for in grants, and find a better way to communicate what journals they can publish in. Journals may move to another publisher, and may become OA when they were not before. Advice: follow where your faculty want to be and where they want to publish. They have several unions which limits who can use a token system, so they preferred to use an unlimited system like S2O 

Sunshine Carter, from the University of Minnesota Libraries said that the libraries have invested heavily in OA because it was the right thing to do and it is the most equitable aspect of publishing. In 2016, staff members started to ask whether they had to pay for journals that published OA. Workflow enhancements: created a value statement for OA. In 2020, funds were set aside for investing in archives that people were using. New licensing terms required adjustments to figuring out who is affiliated with the university, how to track APCs etc.? What are we trying to do? What is a publisher’s investment in getting to fully OA? Who do we have OA deals with? It is important to get some details about who is affiliated with the university, written into agreements.

Cindy Elliott from the Arizona University Library said that: all librarians work closely together, The university is a research oriented organization; and had to find new ways to do things. They track the ways authors are publishing. The librarians have to be involved with every part of the OA agreements which has created new funding structures to determine what counts as OA, what titles are being subscribed to, etc. They have developed Excel spreadsheets to get to the data easily. Processes grew ad hoc over time; her advice: is to set up workflows to accommodate OA and add a filter in the discovery layer. It is important to know whom to contact about OA issues.

Don Hawkins, Conference Blogger



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