American Chemical Society Transformative Open Access Agreement – Office of Scholarly Communication

“As of May 17, 2022, the University of California, together with the California State University (CSU) and members of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), entered into a transformative open access agreement with the American Chemical Society (ACS), the first such California-wide agreement. 

The three-year agreement provides readers and researchers at nearly 60 California research institutions – including all 10 UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – with access to subscription content while allowing authors at the participating institutions to publish open access in ACS’ portfolio of over 75 chemistry journals at a reduced cost.

The goal of the agreement is to enable authors from UC, CSU, and SCELC institutions to transition from the traditional ”read-only” subscription model to a transformative model that makes it easier and more affordable for authors to publish open access. As with UC’s other transformative agreements, the agreement supports UC’s mission as a public university and advances the global shift toward sustainable open access publishing by making more UC-authored research articles open to the world, while containing the university’s journal-related expenditures….”

Institutions partner with ACS to advance first California-wide transformative open access agreement – Office of Scholarly Communication

“Three California consortia, representing nearly 60 academic and research institutions, and the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced the first-ever California-wide transformative open access agreement. It is also ACS’ first “read and publish” agreement in the U.S. composed of multiple consortia. Through a partnership with the 10-campus University of California (UC) system, the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, and 25 subscribing institutions represented by the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), readers and researchers at dozens of California research institutions will be able to benefit from full access to subscription content while receiving support for open access publication in ACS’ portfolio of more than 75 premier chemistry journals….”


“The Shared Collections Program Director is charged to provide collaborative leadership and set the strategic direction for acquiring, building and managing the UC Libraries’ shared systemwide digital collection – one of the largest in the world – while also addressing the profound problems in the marketplace for scholarly publications through open access transformation. The position is responsible for the oversight of both the systemwide negotiation, licensing, and management of shared digital materials for the UC Libraries, and for the university’s efforts to transition its systemwide online journal licenses to open access, thus supporting the university’s mission to make the fruits of its research available worldwide.

The Shared Collections Program Director’s portfolio includes oversight of the Shared Print Program, a major collaborative initiative designed to build, develop and sustain shared physical library collections within and beyond UC, extending the value and reach of UC’s 40 million print holdings in partnership with other institutions regionally and nationally. The CDL acts as the administrative host for the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a distributed print journal archiving program, and its Shared Print Program provides leadership, strategic direction, and managerial oversight of the collaboration. The Director’s portfolio also includes a distributed team based at UC San Diego, responsible for the systemwide acquisition and cataloging of library databases, electronic journals, ebooks, and select open access digital resources.

Reporting to CDL’s Associate Vice Provost/Executive Director (AVP/ED), and consulting within the UC Libraries’ ten-campus advisory structure, the Shared Collections Program Director is a member of the CDL senior leadership team tasked with planning and implementing a comprehensive and coordinated portfolio of services. The Director is supported in their overall management of the Shared Collections portfolio by a leadership team including the Assistant Director of Systemwide Licensing and Collection Services, the Assistant Director of Open Access Agreements, and the Shared Print Manager….”

Licensing Specialist

“The Library of the University of California, Berkeley (Library) seeks a creative, collaborative, and diligent individual to improve the Library’s electronic resource licensing terms and management to maximize their benefit for campus scholarship, teaching, and research. Working closely under the supervision of the Office of Scholarly Communication Services (OSCS), and collaborating with Acquisitions and the Electronic Resources Unit, the Licensing Specialist: (1) strategically analyzes and revises licensing terms and practices for the Library’s electronic resources, and (2) develops protocols and guidance for implementing a license tracking management and renewal system within the Alma resource management platform.


Develop model license language and definitions.
Ensure model licensing terms align with current academic licensing standards, including as to issues such as text and data mining, non-disclosure, accessibility, electronic course usage, and more.
Develop licensing terms checklist and negotiation guidance.
Confer with publishers and eResources vendors as needed to establish viable licensing terms.


Analyze licensing renewal and renegotiation processes, and recommend and implement new practices to optimize program.
Assess processes and develop guidelines to ensure consistency of licensing terms across license portfolios.
Identify processes for managing incoming and currently-negotiated licenses.
Develop guidelines and implementation plan for license tracking and management system within Alma.
Coordinate with other UC campuses and the California Digital Library as needed to improve and synthesize resource licensing terms.


Based on analysis conducted and recommendations developed, prepare guidance and documentation to support selectors and librarians engaging in license negotiations.
Document methodology for maintenance and enhancement of license tracking and management system….”

Details – Scholarly Communication Librarian | Careers | Sacramento State

“Under the general direction of the Head of Collection Management Services, the Scholarly Communication Librarian develops and implements the Library’s scholarly communication program.

Develops and implements the Library’s scholarly communication program in coordination with other library departments and library Administration. Creates goals and objectives for a cohesive program.

Leads development and implementation of an education program for library employees on issues of scholarly communication. Advises on how librarians in all subject areas can educate and communicate with their constituencies around issues of scholarly communication.

Develops and implements a program to increase awareness among faculty, researchers, and students about scholarly communication issues in the digital environment, alternative publishing models, public-access requirements for grant-funded projects, Open Access, and Open Education.

Promotes the use of the campus’s institutional repository/faculty profile system: Sac State Scholars. Creates and maintains support documentation, policies, and workflow guidelines for the institutional repository. Selects content to include in the repository that is representative of Sac State and showcases the excellence of the university, including high-level undergraduate work….”

New job: eScholarship Publications Manager | California Digital Library @ the University of California

To support the continued success of our thriving open access publishing program, the California Digital Library at the University of California is currently seeking candidates for a new eScholarship Publications Manager position.  The successful candidate will collaborate with librarians and researchers across the 10-campus UC system to help manage a well-established journals publishing program and to cultivate new publishing projects with a particular focus on the humanities, social sciences, as well as other fields and researchers who are underserved by the traditional publishing marketplace.  As part of the larger publishing team at CDL, which includes an additional Publications Manager, the candidate will also develop outreach and engagement programming to support best practices among our existing eScholarship publications, including a list of over 90 actively publishing journals. 


In addition to a deep familiarity with trends and issues in scholarly communication, the successful candidate will also possess:


Knowledge of journal management best practices
Familiarity with manuscript management software, such as Open Journal Systems or Janeway
Enthusiasm for open access publishing and open source software
Experience providing technical support to end users
Strong outreach and communication skills

CDL welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications from individuals from underrepresented groups. CDL seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University of California, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


CDL offices are located in downtown Oakland, CA. This position may be eligible for remote work. This position is not available for sponsorship.


Salary range is $95,000 – $100,000, commensurate with experience, plus benefits.
The first review date for this job is April 3, 2022. The position will be open until filled.

Applications must be submitted via the UCOP Jobs site.

If you have any questions about this position, you are encouraged to contact the hiring manager: Justin Gonder, Senior Product Manager, Publishing       

Wiley and SCELC Sign Pilot to Deliver More Open Access Articles


Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new pilot agreement with the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) to accelerate the publication of open access articles across 61 SCELC members and affiliates.

The agreement supports researchers at participating institutions – which span the U.S. states of California, Texas, Hawaii and others – by delivering unrestricted access to all of Wiley’s hybrid and subscription journals and granting the ability to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley’s 1,400 hybrid journals.

Assistant Director of Systemwide Licensing and Collection Services

“The Assistant Director of Systemwide Licensing and Collection Services leads and manages systemwide licensing activities, including negotiating business arrangements and license agreements for digital scholarly content worth in excess of $45 million on behalf of the University of California Libraries and UC-affiliated national laboratories, and oversight of all phases of licensing activity from inception through acquisitions and life-cycle management. Responsibilities include developing goals and objectives for CDL licensing services and managing a distributed professional staff, including a licensing unit based out of CDL’s Oakland headquarters responsible for business negotiation and ongoing management of shared digital resources, and oversight of collections services units located at UC San Diego that provide acquisitions and shared cataloging services on behalf of CDL and the UC Libraries.

The Assistant Director manages the negotiation of licensing terms and conditions for scholarly content with over 100 vendors of digital resources comprising the collaborative investments of the ten University of California campuses and two national laboratories, and facilitates collaborative decision-making among UC Libraries collection managers and librarians responsible for shared content licensing, including through the development of cost-sharing models; 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; advises the Director of Shared Collections regarding all aspects of collections licensing, electronic resource management, budget allocation and expenditures, and contract administration; and consult with and receives guidance from Office of General Counsel as needed.  …”

Copyright & Information Policy Specialist

“The Library of the University of California, Berkeley (Library) seeks a creative, collaborative, and diligent individual to join a growing team of public service providers and educators supporting UC Berkeley faculty, researchers, students, and staff with needs related to copyright and research-related information policy matters. Reporting to the Program Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication Services (OSCS), the Copyright & Information Policy Specialist will provide public service, reference, and instruction regarding Library permissions and licensing policies, and help support information policy aspects of Library projects like the Digital Lifecycle Program.  


PERMISSIONS REQUESTS. This includes managing, processing, & responding to reference and research requests for permission to use, quote from, or reproduce library collections in publications, websites, films, exhibitions, and other public fora. This also includes reviewing, analyzing, and organizing permissions paperwork, collections files, and acquisitions agreements to support permissions and licensing reference/research services. 
LICENSING. This includes creating and administering licensing and invoicing for requests for usage or republication of UC Regents-copyrighted materials. This also includes maintaining master list of collections for which copyright is held by UC Regents. 
REFERENCE & RESEARCH SERVICES. This includes providing e-mail, in-person, online and other user forms of reference and instruction regarding Library permissions policies and copyright issues in special collections. 
POLICY SUPPORT. This includes guiding and helping to create policy for the Library’s Digital Lifecycle Program (DLP) regarding issues of copyright, privacy, indigenous knowledge, cultural heritage, and other information policy matters …”

Open Access Data Analyst

“The Open Access Data Analyst will join a highly team-based environment within the California Digital Library’s Shared Collections Program, supporting the transition to open access publishing by engaging in complex data analysis projects, gathering data from a variety of sources and synthesizing it into outputs offering insights and predictive models to help guide strategy and inform discussions with publishers. The Open Access Data Analyst will support work both within the UC system and with other partner institutions, creating reports and visualizations which can communicate results to technical and nontechnical stakeholders throughout the library and university administration. A successful candidate will be able to embed data analysis into the transformative agreement negotiation and implementation processes, producing meaningful results to guide strategy and constantly iterating based on feedback and changing priorities to be responsive and sensitive to a dynamic environment.”

New California Law Pours Money Into Open Educational Resources – Market Brief

“California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a budget measure that provides millions of dollars to support the creation of openly licensed academic resources at the college level, in one of the most striking examples of a state throwing its weight behind the free, revisable materials.

The Democratic governor last week approved a higher education budget proposal that devotes $115 million toward reducing textbook costs and the development of open educational resources.

While the measure is aimed at the state’s postsecondary system, backers of open educational materials have told EdWeek Market Brief that it could benefit pre-college students in part by making those materials more freely accessible to high school students who are pursuing advanced content….”

California colleges set 100% OER goals as textbook publishers go digital

“Some California higher education institutions plan to shift away from textbooks toward open educational resources in the coming years, institution leaders from the Los Angeles area said during an online event Monday.

Compton Community College District CEO Keith Curry said leaders plan to inch up to 85% to 100% of its courses using OER by 2035. Santa Clarita’s College of the Canyons, meanwhile, is aiming for a third of its courses to eliminate textbooks over the next two years, said James Glapa-Grossklag, one of the college’s deans.

The state passed its budget in July with $115 million for developing OER — freely licensed learning materials designed to increase access to education — and providing zero-textbook-cost degrees….”

California Approves $115 Million Investment in Zero Textbook Cost Degrees and OER | SPARC

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law an unprecedented $115 million investment in the expansion of Zero Textbook Cost degrees and open educational resources at the state’s community colleges. Building on a successful pilot that concluded in 2019, the funding will support the development of degree and certificate pathways that students can complete without spending a single dollar on textbooks. The program will be administered through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and marks the single largest state investment in open educational resources to date.


Institutional Repository Librarian, Non-Tenure Track | J. Paul Leonard Library

“San Francisco State University’s J. Paul Leonard Library is a busy, teaching-oriented institution supporting a community of 25,000 students as well as faculty and staff. Our campus is part of the 23-campus California State University system, and we are seeking applications for an Institutional Repository Librarian who will work collaboratively with other librarians and staff across the system to operationalize the CSU-wide institutional repository, ScholarWorks. Additionally, the Institutional Repository Librarian will liaise with our campus community to promote ScholarWorks to students and faculty and provide related guidance on topics such as web accessibility and copyright….”