Collister | From “Patchy Endorsements” to Intentional Advocacy: Deconstructing Bias in the Language of Open Access | Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Abstract:  This paper argues that linguistic features common in discourse around Open Access Publishing are socially constructed in ways that lend themselves to implicit bias against the Open Access (OA) movement. These biases materialize through common linguistic practices such as de-centering OA and highlighting the uncertainty of OA Publishing, resulting in “patchy endorsements” of the status quo of Subscription Publishing. Following previous research that demonstrates how educational content on OA can lead to cognitive load and biases that reinforce the status quo in scholarly publishing, we analyze publicly available, online content from our own institutions with an eye towards how these biases manifest specifically in the practice of librarianship. Using examples from this analysis, we suggest strategies and intentional language that can be used by librarians and other OA advocates to counteract bias and shift towards a construction of OA Publishing as the status quo. While many strategies and difficult negotiations are needed to functionally establish OA as the default in scholarly publishing, language choice is a device through which advocates at any level can advance towards an open-centered culture.


Llebot | Why Won’t They Just Adopt Good Research Data Management Practices? An Exploration of Research Teams and Librarians’ Role in Facilitating RDM Adoption | Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Abstract:  Adoption of good research data management practices is increasingly important for research teams. Despite the work the research community has done to define best data management practices, these practices are still difficult to adopt for many research teams. Universities all around the world have been offering Research Data Services to help their research groups, and libraries are usually an important part of these services. A better understanding of the pressures and factors that affect research teams may help librarians serve these groups more effectively. The social interactions between the members of a research team are a key element that influences the likelihood of a research group successfully adopting best practices in data management. In this article we adapt the Unified Theory of the Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model (Venkatesh, Morris, Davis, & Davis, 2003) to explain the variables that can influence whether new and better, data management practices will be adopted by a research group. We describe six moderating variables: size of the team, disciplinary culture, group culture and leadership, team heterogeneity, funder, and dataset decisions. We also develop three research group personas as a way of navigating the UTAUT model, and as a tool Research Data Services practitioners can use to target interactions between librarians and research groups to make them more effective.


Resolution in Support of Open Educational Resources

“Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA): 1. affirms that open educational resources can be as effective, authoritative, and of academically rigorous quality as traditionally published learning materials; 2. encourages library workers to support initiatives that promote the creation, discovery, dissemination, awareness, and preservation of open educational resources; and 3. encourages library workers to advocate for initiatives at all levels of government that support open educational resources.”

Bradley | Academic Librarians, Open Access, and the Ethics of Care | Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Abstract:  This paper explores the value of applying the ethics of care to scholarly communications work, particularly that of open-access (OA) librarians. The ethics of care is a feminist philosophical perspective that sees in the personal a new way to approach other facets of life, including the political and the professional. Care, in this context, is broadly construed as “a species of activity that includes everything we do to maintain, contain, and repair our ‘world’ so that we can live in it as well as possible” (Fisher & Tronto, 1990, p. 40). Joan Tronto outlined four elements of care: attentiveness, responsibility, competence, and responsiveness, and highlighted the value of care beyond the domestic sphere (1993). The ethics of care values care and relationships as instructive ways of framing and examining work, and has been applied in diverse disciplines, including education, nursing, social work, and even business. Several LIS professionals have considered the ethics of care in the context of library technologies (Henry, 2016) and digital humanities (Dohe, 2019), among others. The ethics of care can also provide inspiration for OA librarians as we think about the scope and nature of our work. What could open access librarians learn from the ethics of care? How might our practice change or evolve with the ethics of care as an underpinning philosophy? Who do we include in our circle of care while we undertake our work? The ethics of care provides a more expansive way to think about OA librarianship.


5 Things with Demmy Verbeke, head of KU Leuven Libraries Artes · Commonplace

“A question that I have lately been asking myself more and more is what the purpose is of academic libraries in the changing landscape of research and teaching. For example: the Open Access future is, to a growing extent, already here and librarians like myself need to ask themselves what role they want to play, if any, in this new world. So I welcomed the request to come up with 5 Things as an exercise in finding materials that might help to make up my mind….”

OpenCon, July 2021 Librarian Community Call

“Many of our institutions are opening back up for the fall semester, but the pandemic has changed how we interact with students, staff, and faculty on our campuses. Join us on July 13th for a visit from Chelsee Dickson, scholarly Communications Librarian and Librarian Assistant Professor of Library Science at Kennesaw State University to learn about one librarian’s experiences with planning and presenting a series of virtual programming for Open Access Week 2020. She’ll share tips for those looking to do more virtual outreach about open access.


This call brings together all librarians working with, or learning about, all things Open–and gives folks an opportunity to connect with each other to better their work and librarianship.”

Zeineb Yousif | Movers & Shakers 2021–Digital Developers | Library Journal

“Yousif was hired as the inaugural digital initiatives librarian at the Chester Fritz Library at the University of North Dakota (UND) in 2016, tasked with getting their institutional repository (IR) off the ground and promoting open access to scholarly resources. Under her leadership, UND’s IR has compiled nearly 30,000 digital objects, including theses and dissertations, research data sets, and a complete inventory of the university’s art collection. Work has begun on 3-D scanning more than 40,000 fossils for the geology department. Yousif also develops policies and guides for the IR, manages digitization projects, and works on digital exhibitions….”

Librarian Community Call: the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model

“Join us for the June OpenCon Librarian Call to discuss the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model which has been gaining traction as a sustainable and equitable open publishing model without the headache of contract negotiations. Allison Langham-Putrow, University of Minnesota and Ashley Farley, Gates Foundation will provide an overview of S2O, what you need to know as a librarian, and some of the challenges the model may face. We will leave time for questions and would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with S2O.

This call brings together all librarians working with, or learning about, all things Open–and gives folks an opportunity to connect with each other to better their work and librarianship. …”

Introduction to the Open Research Library for International Librarians. | Open Research Community

“What is Knowledge  Unlatched • How our main collection  is  created:  KU  Select  HSS  Books  Collection • Open Research Library:  central  hosting platform for  Open  Access  content • ORL -mainuser-level functionalities • ORL–how to index content in your Library  System • Time for questions…”

Open Access Librarian job in Strand Campus | Professional and support services jobs at King’s College London

“As Open Access Librarian you will play a vital role in making King’s world-class research publications openly accessible to the benefit of all. Greater openness of both research and educational resources is threaded through Libraries & Collections Library Evolution plan to transform our services, resources, and spaces, to support King’s compelling vision to ‘make the world a better place’ in its Strategy for 2029.  


The Open Access Librarian role is an opportunity to work in an exciting and developing area of HE Library provision.  You will be part of a friendly hard-working ‘Open Research’ team whose remit also covers research data management services and subscriptions, working collaboratively and pro-actively with colleagues to provide cohesive and high-quality researcher focused services….”

Access to Supplemental Journal Article Materials: The Serials Librarian: Vol 0, No 0

Abstract:  The use of supplemental journal article materials is increasing in all disciplines. These materials may be datasets, source code, tables/figures, multimedia, or other materials that previously went unpublished, were attached as appendices, or were included within the body of the work. Current emphasis on critical appraisal and reproducibility demands that researchers have access to the complete life cycle to fully evaluate research. As more libraries become dependent on secondary aggregators and interlibrary loan, we questioned if access to these materials is equitable and sustainable. While NISO RP-15-2013 Recommended Practices for Online Supplemental Journal Article Materials was published in 2013, it is unclear if these recommended practices fully meet the needs of users; if aggregators and publishers are following these standards; and if library processes and procedures are facilitating access to supplemental journal article materials. While studies have surveyed authors, reviewers, and readers, or examined journal supplemental materials practices, no studies have surveyed library staff and librarians about their experience with access to supplemental materials and requesting and receiving supplemental materials through interlibrary loan. This presentation reported on a study surveying library employees from academic, hospital, public and special library settings in the United States about their experiences identifying, finding, and retrieving supplemental journal article materials; and proposes ways that libraries, publishers and aggregators can enable access to the complete published life cycle.


CUNY Jobs – University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources (University Dean) in New York, New York, United States

“[CUNY Office of Library Services] manages and coordinates the CUNY-wide library services platform, discovery, and authentication; cataloging and records management; centralized e-resource procurement and licensing; a centralized scholarly communications office and repository platform; Open Educational Resources (OER) funding and implementation….”

The Coalition of Librarians for Equity and Access – 2020 Collections Forum

“The global pandemic continues to challenge academic, cultural, and social institutions on many fronts. A network of academic groups, associations, and committees came together to articulate our shared concerns during these extraordinarily difficult times. Our statement, Equity and Access in Higher Education and Academic Libraries Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, was written by colleagues from 16 organizations and it represents our shared areas of concerns and recommendations on how to alleviate challenges faced by marginalized communities of color, people with disabilities, and students from rural and low-income areas. It was published on August 17, 2020. Well over 283 librarians, students, faculty, academic organizations, executive boards and committees, and professional organizations have endorsed this statement.

We, the Coalition of Librarians for Equity and Access, are delighted to announce that we are hosting the first forum on collections.

The 2020 Collections Forum will be held on November 30, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm (Central Time). It consists of four panels and one moderated discussion. Through these discussions, we are highlighting strategies, projects, initiatives, and scholarly contributions that directly address challenges faced by memory institutions. All librarians and interested groups are welcome! …”