“How well do your policies and practices align with your values? And how well do your vendors’ and partners’ policies and practices align with your values?
Do you know? Would it change your investment choices if you did?
We believe that if there were clearer ways to evidence and assess actions against values, it could.
The Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) team is excited to announce the release of the FOREST Framework for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication. This framework has been created to help scholarly communication organizations and communities to demonstrate, evaluate, and improve their alignment over time with six key values:
“This year marks the 20th anniversary for eScholarship as a library publisher; the program is run by the California Digital Library, in collaboration with University of California campus library staff, and provides open access publishing services for the 10 UC campuses, the Lawrence Berkeley Lab; UC Agriculture and Natural Resources; and the UC Office of the President. As a library publisher, eScholarship is the home for 90+ journals that claim an affiliation with the institution. As a repository, eScholarship hosts 300,000+ research objects, from preprints to white papers to Electronic Theses and Dissertations. It is also the repository where UC faculty continue to deposit tens of thousands of author-versions of their publications under the UC Open Access policies.
Existing platforms do not adequately support the complexity required to support the combined role of publisher and institutional repository at this scale. As a result, CDL has found it necessary over the past two decades to build custom solutions to provide a set of compelling publishing and distribution services to its academic community. …”
“Digitized books have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for university libraries and scholars, the first 18 months of the pandemic threw their value into sharp relief. As campuses across the country closed, many libraries began offering expanded access to digital versions of the print books in their collections as an emergency measure, driving ebook use to new heights and unexpectedly launching a large-scale experiment in online scholarship.
Libraries have long provided digital access to older books in the public domain and those published more recently with open access. But programs established during the pandemic, such as the HathiTrust Digital Library’s Emergency Temporary Access Service, opened a new frontier by offering temporary access to digitized versions of in-copyright materials, as well.
Based on the University of California’s preliminary assessment, the experiment was a resounding success with faculty and student users. However, as with many experiments, it has also raised a host of questions about long-term implementation, especially as user demand for digital materials continues to increase. Under the leadership of the UC Davis Library and the California Digital Library (CDL) and with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UC has begun an investigation of key questions around the future of ebook lending….”
“In 2020, CDL joined in collaboration with the Center for Research Libraries and HathiTrust (the CCH Collaboration) to play a facilitative leadership role in advancing shared print’s transition to a new phase of integration and interoperability (read more here). In its first year, the Collaboration released a freely available shared print comparison tool for serials and journals. On December 1st & 2nd of 2021, the Collaboration hosted a summit bringing together the shared print community, library technologists, and service providers to map a path forward for embedding shared print in the collections lifecycle. …”
“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.”