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Senate Discusses Future of Academic Publishing

Open Access Task Force

Task Force Takes Pulse of Campus Faculty A campuswide task force of the University Senate, chaired

Elizabeth Beise, Ex-Officio Office of the Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost model in which university researchers give their rights as authors to a publisher, only for the university to purchase it back in the form of journal subscriptions. This unsustainable model has motivated libraries to seek solutions and help address concerns. Libraries can also play a key role by providing the infrastructure and educational resources to amplify the impact of faculty work. Among them: by supporting open publishing; by providing a permanent home for research through an institutional repository (DRUM, the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland); and by paying for author fees for open access publishing. One common reference point for institutions that have examined these issues is the 2003 document known as the Berlin Declaration, signed by 391 institutions worldwide. Generally, it supports the transition to electronic open access and encourages researchers and grant recipients to publish their work according to the open access principles. Barriers exist. Peer review, preservation, disciplinary differences, and the current publishing models and professional societies all have an impact. The goal of the task force is to take the pulse of the university. Do we recognize this is the future? Do we know we can’t ignore this? Where is Maryland now and where should we be?

by Dean of Libraries Patricia Steele, hopes to engage the campus in a discussion about open access, the worldwide movement to reexamine publishing models and make scholarship freely available. “This is a complex issue, and many models will emerge,” says Steele, “but we want to help influence how “This is a complex issue, and scholarship is disseminated.” many models will emerge,” The bottom says Dean Steele, “but we line, she says, is that it’s important want to help shape the for the academy to future direction of how own its scholarly output. The scholarship is disseminated.” university must recognize that open access is a significant factor in the future of academic publishing and define strategies to shape its development. Library budgets have long been squeezed by the current

Robert Chambers, faculty College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Daniel Falvey, faculty College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences Barbara Haggh-Huglo, faculty College of Arts and Humanities Bradley Hatfield, faculty School of Public Health Howard Lasnik, faculty College of Arts and Humanities Marilee Lindemann, faculty College of Arts and Humanities Jill Robinson, graduate student College of Education Lourdes Salamanca-Riba, faculty A. James Clark School of Engineering Robert Schwab, faculty College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Know your rights as an author

Debra Shapiro, faculty Robert H. Smith School of Business

When you publish a journal article, you sign a copyright

Patricia Steele, chair University Libraries

Katie Shilton, faculty College of Information Studies

Open Access Week Begins October 22 agreement. Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you sign it? Different journals have different policies:

n Some journals require you to relinquish your copyright. n Some journals allow you to retain some rights. n Some journals leave the copyright in your hands. How can you negotiate your contract to make the most of your rights as a scholar, teacher and author? Learn how to preserve your rights to reproduce, distribute, and display the work you create. We’re offering two author rights workshops as part of Open Access Week, October 22-26, 2012, an international

event to increase support for open access. We have participated the past three years by hosting workshops, speakers and promotions.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 23, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Book Delivery Service Launches

WHERE: McKeldin Library, Room 7121 Please RSVP to Terry Owen ( and let him know which date you plan to attend.

New program supports research data management and curation librarians for advice and assistance with data management plans, data curation, and long-term data preservation. We’re called Research Data Services, and we work closely with the subject librarian in your field to help you comply with data management requirements from funding agencies and data archiving policies from journals.

Help with data management plans If you need to submit a data management plan with a grant proposal, we can help you get started. Following a consulta­ tion, we’ll provide information and advice that’s tailored to your research project and the requirements of the funding agency. If you’ve already written a data management plan, we’ll gladly review your plan and provide constructive feedback. Contact us at:

Want to get your hands on a book you’ve

found in the catalog? Now you can have it delivered to a nearby branch library. A new service for faculty and graduate students being piloted this semester will make it easier than ever for you to obtain a book owned by the University Libraries. If it isn’t checked out, you can request that it be pulled from the shelves and delivered to any branch library, all from within the catalog’s online interface. It’ll take about two days. You can even ask that the book be pulled and waiting for you at its original location. The service complements Article Express, a service in which we scan articles from journals on our shelves and deliver them electronically. Questions? or (301) 405-9046.

Support for data curation In addition to helping with data management plans, we assist faculty with other aspects of research data management. Whether you work with complex collections of interdisciplinary data or just a single spreadsheet of observations, you can consult us about data-related problems and challenges at any time. We’ll analyze your situation and help you develop a solution that fits your methods, workflows, and objectives.

Your input is important As a new program, we rely on your input and feedback to ensure that our services are relevant and effective. Please let us know about the data management and curation issues that concern you and affect your research. Your perspective will help us develop services that support advanced research.

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Starting this fall, you can consult a specialized team of

Books to your branch

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World Scientific eBooks

SPEAKING OF BOOKS: Conversations with Campus Authors

(Summer 2012) Titles in the collection span a wide variety of subjects, including mathematics, engineering, life sciences and business and economics.

Past Masters: Pickering & Chatto Women’s Studies Collection I (Summer 2012) The first release in a growing collection of works of important authors from Jane Austen to Mary Wollstonecraft. Full-text searching may be made within any single volume, across an entire collection, or across all titles.

SciFinder (Spring 2012) The Libraries now provide unlimited access to SciFinder, a platform on which you can simultaneously search CAPLUS (the Chemical Abstracts database) and MEDLINE (known also as PubMed). Previously, only seven users at a time could access this database.

ProQuest Public Health

POISONING THE PRESS: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington’s Scandal Culture October 23, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

McKeldin Library A conversation with Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton Chair of Broadcast Journalism, Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.

WE SHALL BE NO MORE: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States November 14, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

McKeldin Library A Conversation with Richard Bell, Associate Professor, History.

(Spring 2012) Covers a wide variety of disciplines ranging from social sciences and biological sciences to business.

Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (Spring 2012) A definitive resource for research in the field of evidence-based medicine.


November 14, 2012

The University Libraries join the campus in celebrating this annual nationwide event focusing on geographic information systems. Watch for details about workshops and lectures occurring campuswide.

Phase Equilibria Diagrams Online (Spring 2012) Produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the American Ceramic Society, features more than 23,000 high-quality phase diagrams .

For more new resources go to:

Download Overload Bot-initiated downloads violate publisher agreements

We love it when databases are the go-to resource for

More. In One Place. By using the search box on the front page of our new website (, you can find items even if we don’t own them. It eliminates the need to look in multiple catalogs. WorldCat UMD will also help you find items such as journal articles, e-books and digitized collections. Ask your subject librarian for help with search strategies.

research. But too much of a good thing isn’t good for you or your colleagues. Recently a few highly valued databases, IEEE Xplore and Factiva, for example, became temporarily unavailable for offcampus research because of excessive article downloading. Publishers specifically prohibit excessive downloading of articles using crawlers, bots, and other such means. Thousands of downloads in a very short period of time violate our agreements with publishers, who have the legal right to terminate access—not just for the offender, but the entire academic community. Know your limits: no crawlers or bots.

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December 5, 2012, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

McKeldin Library “Altmetrics: Beyond the Article and Beyond the Impact Factor,” a presentation by Jason Priem, PhD student and Royster Fellow, studying information science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

HOW WE MIGHT LIVE: The Vision of William Morris

This exhibition examines the life and vision of author and designer William Morris (1834-1896), focusing on his written works, political activism and artistic endeavors. It features The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer printed by Kelmscott Press in 1896, widely considered to be the “finest book ever printed.” The book represents the pinnacle of Morris’s achievement as a leader in the Arts and Crafts movement. How We Might Live also showcases rare books, pamphlets and ephemera from Special Collections at the University of Maryland Libraries. Hornbake Library through July 2013.

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