Assistant Director for Systemwide Licensing

“Leads and manages systemwide licensing activities and negotiates license agreements for digital scholarly content worth in excess of $40 million on behalf of the University of California Libraries and UC-affiliated national laboratories, including oversight of all phases of licensing activity from inception through acquisitions and life-cycle management. Negotiates licensing terms and conditions for scholarly content with over 100 vendors of digital resources that comprise the collaborative investments of the ten University of California campuses and two national laboratories. Facilitates collaborative decision-making among UC Libraries collection managers and librarians responsible for shared content licensing. Manages a distributed licensing and collections support staff including staff at CDL’s Oakland headquarters responsible for business negotiation and ongoing management of shared digital resources and collections services staff at UC San Diego who provide acquisitions and shared cataloging services on behalf of CDL and the UC Libraries. Provides strategic and operational direction to CDL’s licensing unit and advances the interests of CDL and the UC Libraries through collaborative leadership and professional engagement at the regional and national level….”

California enacts law to increase public access to publicly funded research – Creative Commons

On Monday California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 609–the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act. The law requires that research articles created with funds from the California Department of Public Health be made publicly available in an online repository no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. AB 609 is described as the first state-level law requiring free access to publicly funded research. It is similar to the federal National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy. The bill has been making its way through the California legislature since being introduced by Assemblyman Brian Nestande in February 2013. Nestande’s office announced the passage yesterday.

The law applies to grantees who receive research funds from the Department of Public Health, and those grantees are responsible for ensuring that any publishing or copyright agreements concerning manuscripts submitted to journals fully comply with AB 609. For an article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, the grantee must ensure that an electronic version of the peer-reviewed manuscript is available to the department and on an appropriate publicly accessible database approved by the department within 12 months of publication in the journal.

Congratulations to California, the leadership of Assemblyman Nestande, and the coalition of open access supporters who worked hard to make this law a reality.

(2) Peter Suber – Google+ – Elsevier, NewsCorp, Facebook, and Yahoo join ignorant…

Elsevier, NewsCorp, Facebook, and Yahoo are some of the major players in NetChoice, an industry group “promoting convenience, choice, and commerce on the net.” …NetChoice has a watch list for bad legislation that it calls iAWFUL (Internet Advocates’ Watchlist for Ugly Laws). The latest version of iAWFUL includes the White House OA directive plus the state-level OA bills in California, Illinois, and North Dakota. (Yes, there was a bill in ND, and no, NetChoice doesn’t seem to know about the OA bill in NY.) …Insofar as NetChoice has an argument for opposing these OA initiatives, it’s a crude bolus of false assertions and assumptions. I haven’t seen this kind of motivated distortion since the days of PRISM and the Research Works Act….” [There follows five quotations from NetChoice and Suber’s rebuttal or correction.]