“The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, houses an encyclopedic collection of more than 65,000 works of art created throughout the world, from antiquity to the present. Explore the Museum’s art collections through this searchable database, which is continually being updated. Browse to discover art across time periods, cultures, classifications, and more. Then visit the Museum to experience your favorites in person….”
“The Harvey Memories Project [about the 2017 Hurrican Harvey] will launch and maintain a state-of-the-art, open-access digital repository to collect, preserve and publish community-contributed memories of the storm in multiple formats, such as photos documenting storm preparations, audio and video recordings of the storm in progress and survivors’ narratives….”
“TSW [Texas ScholarWorks] has now surpassed over 50,000 items! From theses and dissertations to newsletters to articles to student journals, we provide a wide-ranging collection of what is being produced by the UT Austin Community. We have been accessed millions of times by people in almost every country in the world! Thank you for your continued support.”
“This paper describes the process librarians in the Albert B. Alkek Library at Texas State University undertook to increase the amount of faculty publications in their institutional repository, known as the Digital Collections. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM Digital Collections at Texas State University is built on a DSpace platform and serves as the location for electronic theses and dissertations, faculty publications, and other digital Texas State University materials. Despite having launched the service in 2005, the amount of faculty work added to the repository has never been at the levels initially hoped for on launch.”
The University of Texas Libraries adopted a right-retention or Harvard-style OA policy on October 5, 2016.
“The Reference & Scholarly Communication Librarian will have primary responsibility for leading the development and activities of the University’s Institutional Repository and other locally created digital collections, including planning and administering the repository, developing and conducting outreach initiatives, and assessing the effectiveness of those initiatives and services….”
“The University of North Texas Libraries, serving the largest and most comprehensive university in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, are a pioneer in fostering the transformation of libraries and of scholarly communication. With four physical locations on campus and an even larger digital footprint, with digital-library collections including over 10 million items, the Libraries were one of the first to archive web sites, one of the founding members of the Library Publishing Coalition, and the first non-federal library to participate in the Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet). Since 2010 the Libraries host an annual open-access symposium with speakers from around the world, and the Libraries are the driving force behind the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative, which brings together library staff from across the region for professional development and collaboration. The Libraries receive about $1 million per year in funding from grants and foundations.
Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, the Scholarly Communication Librarian will contribute to the Libraries’ efforts to educate users about the transformation of scholarly communication and foster a more sustainable publishing ecosystem….”
“For the UT libraries, which constantly grapple with a small number of powerful, dollar-minded research journal publishers over the cost of texts, solving a minor financial crisis could entail taking a step back from the age-old industry altogether. With spending stagnant and the cost of research journals steadily rising year-over-year, embracing the concept of open access — putting articles out freely on the Internet and skipping paywalls — has emerged as a practical work-around for the UT Libraries that also keeps UT at the forefront of academic publishing … But Haricombe said she sees opportunity in open access — for financial and philosophical reasons. Although the idea is not new, Haricombe said she hopes to establish a more serious focus on the concept at UT, declaring the 2015–2016 school year as ‘the year of open’ …”
“This position reports to the Assistant Dean of Libraries and is responsible for developing a broad range of services in support of evolving models of scholarly communication, open access initiatives, and intellectual property rights. The Librarian in this position supports university scholars such as faculty, graduate students, researchers, librarians, and administrators by establishing mechanisms to support the research, writing, and publishing process. The candidate must be able to assess and understand national and international issues, trends, policies, legislation, evolutionary changes in academic and commercial publishing, intellectual property rights, and information technologies impacting research and scholarly communication….”
“Growing anger over books bills spurred Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to sponsor the Affordable College Textbook Act for a second session after it went nowhere in 2013. It would create a grant program for the creation and use of more open textbooks, which are under open copyright licenses and can be accessed online for free. Colleges in Texas and the entire nation should get behind initiatives like this to help more students climb up that first rung of the ladder….”
“Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Libraries and working with Library staff, Graduate School staff, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs staff along with other university colleagues, this position will develop a broad range of services in support of evolving models of scholarly communication, open access initiatives, and intellectual property rights….”