Open Syllabus Analytics: A New Service from Open Syllabus

“This informational webinar will be used to introduce viewers to Open Syllabus Analytics. Open Syllabus Analytics (OSA) is a massive archive of the main activity of higher education: teaching. It provides top-down views of syllabi across thousands of schools to help faculty, staff, and publishers improve student outcomes. The service is flexible and effective across multiple use cases, including library collection development, tracking OER adoption, curriculum aid for teachers and graduate students, and more.”



University of Michigan Press Hits 2022 Open Access Books Target; Ready to Expand Open Access in 2023

“The 2023 Michigan Ebook Collection marks the third year of University of Michigan of Press’s renewed commitment to open access through its Fund to Mission program. This OA monograph model has allowed UMP to better align with our mission of sustainably distributing scholarship to the broadest possible audience, reflecting our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. 

Fund to Mission has received resounding support from over 100 libraries, many individual funders, and our provost. With their help, we plan to make at least 75% of our frontlist monographs open access in the 2023 Michigan Ebook Collection. This builds on our success in 2022 where we made 50% of our monographs open access….”

Guest Post – The Monograph and the Mission: University of Michigan Pledges $1.2 Million to Fund Open Access Book Publishing – The Scholarly Kitchen

“This week the University of Michigan Press announced through our partner LYRASIS that we have reached our target of converting 50% of our 2022 monograph program to open access, without ever requiring any author to pay to publish. We will increase this percentage to 75% in 2023 and anticipate being able to sustain a majority open access monograph program that produces at least 60 new books a year. These open-access titles are now available on our open-source publishing platform, Fulcrum, and through multiple other distribution channels.

To sustain our output, we have developed a financial model, Fund to Mission, that matches investments in our ebook collection from over 100 libraries with subventions for individual titles, and support from our parent institution. In July, the Press was honored to receive a multiyear, $1.2 million investment from the University of Michigan Provost’s Office and an invitation to apply for continuing funding within the next three years. 

While we acknowledge the privilege of being at a leading and well-resourced US public university, we hope that the commitment Michigan’s academic leadership is making to open access for humanities books will be duplicated by Provosts at other North American institutions. As the name of our initiative suggests, such support allows university presses to pursue their core mission; to maximize global access to humanistic knowledge at a time when the need for rigorously vetted, boldly-expressed, high-quality information has never been greater. We also hope that even more libraries will be attracted to partner in achieving our shared mission….”

LSU Expanding Efforts to Digitize Louisiana’s Diverse Cultural Institutions | LSU Libraries News & Notes

“The Libraries’ proposal, “Y’ALL Means All: Piloting a Distributed Digitization Program to Support Digital Diversity,” was awarded $31,800 to facilitate broader representation of the state’s digital cultural heritage by helping smaller institutions digitize their physical collections and is an expansion of the Libraries’ You Are Louisiana’s Legacy (Y’ALL) Award.

In Louisiana, there are many valuable collections in rural and underfunded institutions that lack the equipment and staffing to digitize, describe and upload their content. Many of these collections are increasingly at risk of being lost in the future due to budget cuts and the threat of climate change, which increases the possibility that the collections will be damaged by flooding and storms….”

The Big Ten Academic Alliance announces support for the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program | Big Ten Academic Alliance

The fifteen libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance have made a collective investment of $45,000 to support the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP) general fund that finances open access content including

Algebraic Combinatorics (ALCO), a peer-reviewed mathematics journal owned by mathematicians, dedicated to free dissemination of research, and committed to non-APC Open Access publishing, with no fees for authors or readers.
History of Media Studies (HMS), a new, peer-reviewed, scholar-run, diamond OA journal founded to augment understanding of the ways that media have been conceived, investigated, and studied around the world.
Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC), a peer-reviewed, open access journal with no article processing charges. JLSC is particularly interested in the intersection of librarianship and publishing and the resulting role of libraries in both content dissemination and content creation. 

Maurice York, Director of Library Initiatives at the Big Ten Academic Alliance stated, “We are pleased to be able to partner with LYRASIS and the broader academic community to collectively fund this open access content initiative.  Advancing the growth of open scholarship is a central goal of BTAA libraries and investing in the alternative forms of open publishing is a key part of creating a thriving open knowledge ecosystem. Programs such as this move the community closer to a more equitable and sustainable future.”


LYROpen Fair Session 3: Evaluating and Supporting | LYRASIS | Aviary

“How do you decide which open publications to support? Which open publications will most adequately reflect the values of your institution? And once you have made that decision, how do you justify supporting open content to your administration? During this session speakers from different institutions will discuss how they evaluate and advocate for financially supporting open content initiatives.”

LYROpen Fair Session 2: Exploring Open Content | LYRASIS @ Aviary


There are myriad models for supporting open publications, and keeping track of all the terminology can feel overwhelming. What is the difference between green, gold and diamond OA? Is Subscribe to Open the same thing as Opening the Future? And what exactly do people mean when they talk about transformative agreements?

No one model can sustainably transition all scholarly content to open, so in this session we will attempt to remove confusion surrounding the various options being offered to libraries. In this introductory webinar the presenters will simply and clearly explain the different revenue models for supporting open content, specifically related to electronic open books and open journals, as well as provide an overview of which models are currently being supported through LYRASIS Open initiatives. Handouts will be distributed during this session as a reference guide for future decision making.

Using Research to Expand the Transformative Agreement: A LYRASIS Case Study

Abstract:  In 2020, LYRASIS conducted a survey of their members to better understand predominantly U.S. institutional attitudes towards open content, including Open Access (OA) scholarship. The survey revealed several findings indicating that U.S. institutions cannot conform to the same OA models and strategies as their international counterparts. Likewise, a significant portion of institutions cannot participate in transformative agreements, at least not by the current definition. This presentation described the survey findings and how strategists from LYRASIS used what they learned to introduce OA into their negotiations in a way that increased participation from institutions of different sizes, missions, and research outputs, thus expanding the definition of the transformative agreement.


Building stronger infrastructures to support open access books: LYRASIS, DOAB and OAPEN | Directory of Open Access Books

In 2021, DOAB and OAPEN entered into a new partnership with LYRASIS to develop its services for U.S. partners. As the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) continues to grow, now including well over 50,000 open access books, Sharla Lair, Senior Strategist of Open Access and Scholarly Communication at LYRASIS, and Tom Mosterd, Community Manager DOAB-OAPEN recently discussed what libraries, publishers and other U.S. partners may expect from both open infrastructure services for open access books in the near future.


Building stronger infrastructures to support open access books: LYRASIS, DOAB and OAPEN

In 2021, DOAB and OAPEN entered into a new partnership with LYRASIS to develop its services for U.S. partners. As the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) continues to grow, now including well over 50,000 open access books, Sharla Lair, Senior Strategist of Open Access and Scholarly Communication at LYRASIS, and Tom Mosterd, Community Manager DOAB-OAPEN recently discussed what libraries, publishers and other U.S. partners may expect from both open infrastructure services for open access books in the near future.

LYROpen Fair Session 2: Exploring Open Content Revenue Models , 3/29/2022 11:00 AM ET

This session will explore the myriad models for supporting open publications, including the difference between green, gold and diamond OA, Subscribe to Open, Opening the Future, and transformative agreements, as well as an overview of the models currently supported through LYRASIS Open initiatives and ways to get involved.

LYROpen Fair Session 1: Link It, Find It, Count It – Open Research Infrastructure Programs at LYRASIS, 3/24/2022 1:00 PM ET

Description: Academic libraries, and institutional repositories in particular, play a key role in the ongoing quest for ways to gather metrics and connect the dots between researchers and research contributions in order to measure “institutional impact,” while also streamlining workflows to reduce administrative burden. Identifying accurate metrics and measurements for illustrating “impact” is a goal that many academic research institutions share, but these goals can only be met to the extent that all organizations across the research and scholarly communication landscape are using best practices and shared standards in research infrastructure. For example, persistent identifiers (PIDs) such as ORCID iDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier) and DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) have emerged as crucial best practices for establishing connections between researchers and their contributions while also serving as a mechanism for interoperability in sharing data across systems. The more institutions using persistent identifiers (PIDs) in their workflows, the more connections can be made between entities, making research objects more FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable). Also, when measuring institutional repository usage, clean, comparable, standards-based statistics are needed for accurate internal assessment, as well as for benchmarking with peer institutions.

To support institutional goals reliant on shared standards, LYRASIS serves as the community home for three consortial programs designed to lower the barrier of participation for libraries of different sizes, missions, and constituencies to use open research infrastructure best practices: the ORCID US Community, the LYRASIS DataCite US Community (for DOIs), and the IRUS (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics) US Community. This webinar will cover the basics of these three programs as well as resources for learning more and getting involved.


At the end of this session, participants will:


Understand the open research infrastructure programs at LYRASIS and the basics of ORCID, DOIs, and IRUS
Know where to go/who to contact to get more information




Paolo P. Gujilde, ORCID US Community Specialist, joined LYRASIS in May 2021. Paolo started his work in academic libraries in research services and transitioned into collection strategies and scholarly communications. He is actively involved in professional organizations especially serving and advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion in library services. More about Paolo at


Sheila Rabun has worked in the academic library field since 2010, with a focus on digital workflows, agile project management, communicating technical information to diverse audiences, and advocating for interoperability in cultural heritage, research, and scholarly communication ecosystems. As the Program Leader for Persistent Identifier Communities at LYRASIS, Sheila manages the ORCID US Community and the LYRASIS DataCite US Community, working with non-profit organizations across the US to support open research infrastructure by using persistent identifiers to make research and scholarly content more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Learn more about Sheila at


Hannah Rosen is a Strategist for Research and Scholarly Communication at LYRASIS. Within the Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives team she is responsible for managing vendor and not-for-profit partnerships, including, but not limited to, digitization vendors, open access (OA) initiatives, and scholarly communication services. She is also a member of the Research and Innovation team, where she administers and publishes LYRASIS Research surveys and reports, and facilitates connections between LYRASIS research initiatives and events such as the Leaders Forums and the Annual Member Summit.

LYRASIS Research and an Inclusive Approach to Open Access in the United States | LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries

In 2020, LYRASIS Research conducted a member survey of predominantly United States (U.S.) higher education libraries to understand the spectrum of attitudes and actions related to Open Access (OA). The results indicated that the U.S. approach to OA is decentralised, lacking the focused trends that are apparent in other areas of the world. The diversity among types of colleges and universities in the U.S. is revealed through discussions about support or lack thereof for APCs, crowdfunding models, preprint repositories, the Subscribe to Open approach, and more. The array of OA approaches that garner support in the U.S. may appear confusing as we strive for scale in our efforts. LYRASIS has used its research findings, in combination with our deep understanding of U.S. higher education libraries, to develop a collaborative approach towards OA that provides multiple incentives and opportunities for libraries serving all types of institutions to engage.

This article, expanding on the LIBER 2021 Conference Presentation of the same name, will outline the results of the survey, the conclusions LYRASIS has drawn, and our work to develop an inclusive approach to a variety of OA initiatives. Our understanding of the landscape of U.S. higher education has led us to develop or support several significant recent OA initiatives, including a fund for OA ebooks focused on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals topics and the establishment of the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP).


Strategist, Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives – – LYRASIS Jobs

“LYRASIS’ Content and Scholarly Communications team brings forward innovative new service and program offerings to the LYRASIS membership and wider library community, and continually manages and assesses established offerings for maximum effectiveness. The Strategist manages an assigned portfolio of offers and supports the department and larger organization by developing strategic opportunities, learning and executing the activities below in consultation with the department manager, teammates, and other internal and external stakeholders. The Strategist has proven skills and experience that allows assignment to his/her portfolio highly complex program offerings, requiring strong negotiation skills and expert license agreement management. Along with other team members, the Strategist contributes to the continuing evolution of the scholarly publishing ecosystem through the development of new models and programs to support Open Access publishing and open infrastructure services. The incumbent is able to execute the position’s responsibilities with a high degree of independence and can be called upon to be a primary LYRASIS representative with the major member, library, consortia, and vendor stakeholders.”