ACRL ISMLC: Critical Assessment Practices: A Discussion on When and How to Use Student Learning Data
March 13, 2019, with speakers, Ebony Magnus, Nicole Branch and Zoe Fisher. Watch this forum with a deeper understanding of the utilization of student learning data and its impact.
I am very interested in the UC vs Elsevier negotiations:
UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research Link
Many Alberta libraries have ‘Science Direct’ as the Elsevier package and struggle with the expense. Fortunately, there is real time tracking of cancellations in the academic library world but often financial disclosures are not allowed under confidentiality agreements in the contracts: https://sparcopen.org/our-work/big-deal-cancellation-tracking/
However, according to the list, Elsevier is the biggest target for cancellations and it is a worldwide process. ‘Universities in Germany canceled Elsevier two years ago. The university alliance in Sweden canceled last spring, and the university alliance in Hungary canceled in December. Several other national alliances in Europe are trying to negotiate too.’ University Librarian Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, co-chair of the UC team. https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/02/28/why-uc-split-with-publishing-giant-elsevier/
Additionally, the Canadian library examples in this recent Scientist article (2018) also describe significant efforts to renegotiate. For example, after renegotiating their deal in 2015, the University of Montreal has saved approximately $1 million CAD ($770,000 USD) per year:
From my perch in Athabasca, I will also continue watch these cases because what happens in California often sets a trend in the US and Canada. In this example the size of the UC Library systems is really significant, and the emphasis on OA as a platform is a novel approach that might work as so many U California faculty are on the editorial boards for the Elsevier journals.
Robert Hudson, Associate University Librarian, Learning and Research Services
Athabasca University Library
“Opening Up Copyright instructional modules is pleased to share an update on the series along with several new openly licensed modules and renewed opportunities to contribute.
Building on the initial two modules (Images and Public Domain) released in March 2018, we have now produced six additional modules on the following topics:
· Open Licensing and Creative Commons
· Other Types of Intellectual Property (IP)
· Theoretical Foundations for Copyright
· CCH v. LSUC
· SOCAN v. Bell, and
· Section 13: Ownership of Copyright”
All of the modules can be found here: https://sites.library.ualberta.ca/copyright/
AU Library is pleased to announce that Dr. Hongxing (Bill) Geng has been hired to the position of Associate University Librarian, Library Academic Services Support, effective January 21, 2019. Hongxing has worked in the Library since 2008, in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Acting Manager, Web Projects & Services. Hongxing received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. In his work with the Library Hongxing has managed and contributed to many Library projects, including the redesign of the Library website, Digital Reading Room, and AUSpace, the University’s institutional repository. Through his work, Hongxing has demonstrated a keen interest in ensuring seamless access to Library resources for learners, commitment to furthering the Library’s goals, and collaborating with stakeholders. Please join AU in welcoming Hongxing to his new role.