Monthly Archives: December 2016

Open Scholarly Publishing and Libraries: Putting Conviviality into the Workflow for Monographs

The immaturity of open access monograph publishing compared with that of its siblings of journal and article publishing is well known. This is in spite of the sm-logo-crest-2014-rgbevidence that “open access monograph publishing could indeed offer researchers new opportunities” (Collins et al., 2015), broaden, and deepen the impact of such scholarship. Continue reading

A Librarian’s Advice on Making the Most of Open Educational Resources

Due to the advent of the World Wide Web, there has been a paradigm shift in160netaji-subhas-open-university-jpg_4045f educational systems, in terms of its aspirations and its systems and sources. Classrooms are changing; in virtual classes, courses are conducted through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), lectures are presented in online/audio-video form. Technology is offering us better-designed, higher quality products to access comprehensive pedagogy. Continue reading

Acceso Abierto Accesible y Recursos de Información en Discapacidad y Derechos Humanos

¿Por qué Acceso Abierto Accesible? Bueno, en principio… ¿Y por qué no?logo_header_cem

Para el año 2017 habrán hecho ya 15 años desde la iniciativa de Budapest para el Acceso Abierto. downloadEn adelante se han gestionado diversas iniciativas, como la Declaración de Bethesda sobre publicación de acceso abierto en el año 2003, la Declaración de Berlín sobre acceso abierto y hasta la propia adhesión de IFLA a la declaración de Berlin, en el año 2011. Durante los más de diez años desde aquel 2002, se ha trabajado arduamente a nivel mundial en pos del acceso abierto como vía de gestión del conocimiento y derecho de acceso a la información para todos, en un mundo editorial y capitalmente restrictivos.

En este camino, hasta el momento se habla de liberar la ciencia y garantizar el acceso a la información para todos, pero no se define todos. Continue reading

Accessible Open Access and Information Resources on Disability and Human Rights

Why Accessible Open Access? Well, in principle … And why not?logo_header_cem

By the year 2017 it will have been 15 years since the Budapest initiative for Open Access. Various initiatives downloadhave since been taken, such as the Bethesda Declaration on Open Access in 2003, the Berlin Declaration on Open Access  and even IFLA’s adherence to the declaration Of Berlin, in 2011.

Since 2002, the world has worked hard for open access as a way of managing knowledge and the right of access to information for all, in an editorial world that is capably restrictive.

So far, we have discussed free access to information for all; but “all” has not been defined. Continue reading

Trump and the Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Finance Challenge

On 9th November, after his victory in the American Presidential election, Donald walter-front-cover-biggerTrump declared, “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none.”

His eyecatching pledge to spend one trillion dollars on infrastructure projects over ten years has raised an important issue: how will this be financed? Trump has proposed ideas such as public-private partnerships and a “deficit-neutral system of infrastructure tax credits” to encourage private investment. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has signalled support for infrastructure investment, but she has also noted that, “on Capitol Hill, the divide is always over how to pay for it.” Continue reading

Open Access Books and the Need to Catch Up

downloadI want to like e-books, I really do. I like the idea that I can access my book anywhere I am, from any device I happen to be using at the time. I own a Kindle and for books that are available on the Kindle, this is the case: I can use my phone, my tablet or my Kindle and the reading experience is pretty much the same. The problem is that academic books haven’t really caught up. There are too many different platforms and too many different access models. As a former e-resources librarian I had to grapple with this on many occasions. For our students this is a barrier, they don’t understand why they can’t download the e-book to their device and access it when they want or why if someone else is in a particular e-book they have to wait and I can kind of see where they are coming from. Continue reading