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Open Access Publications from the University of California

The UCLA Library is a campus-wide network of libraries serving programs of study and research in many fields. In addition to its extensive and varied print collections, the Library provides access to a growing collection of electronic resources and collaborates with UCLA faculty and staff on a variety of digital projects.

Tipping points: cancelling journals when arXiv access is good enough


Slides presented at Engineering Libraries Division Lightning Talk session of the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference in Tampa, FL.

Abstract: UCLA recently cancelled two subscriptions to long-standing and expensive physics journals due to declining usage of the publisher versions of record and open access availability of the same articles through arXiv. The script, which uses the Crossref Rest and Unpaywall Rest APIs to analyze the number of legal open access versions of articles for a given journal's ISSN and year, was employed to help inform the cancellation decisions.

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Relieving Libraries’ Culture-Data Tension with a Data Lake


Discusses how to create a data-informed, decision-making culture in a large, complex academic library by sharing strategies to obtain administrative support, promote data-savvy and staff buy-in, and translate assessment into action using centralized insights from an enterprise wiki, which supplies performance metrics, tools, reports, dashboards, and user stories.

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Taking the Carpentry Model to Librarians


Library Carpentry is a growing community of instructors and lesson developers whose mission is to teach librarians the tools, techniques and best practices around working with data and using software to automate repetitive tasks. Using the pedagogical practices of live coding, pair programming, discussion and exercises, Library Carpentry creates a safe and collaborative space for important concepts in computing and data, including data manipulation and organization, using the computer to repeat things and the importance of text pattern matching. We teach these concepts using the Unix shell to repeat commands over text and data, regular expressions to match and operate on text strings, and OpenRefine to clean and standardize datasets. Not only do these skills help librarians create reproducible workflows and repeated operations for data-centric tasks, they give librarians a common language with researchers that can lead to a better mutual understanding of data issues and it paves the way to greater collaboration between the library and research departments. In the last two years, Library Carpentry has held two sprints to improve the lesson materials that included over 100 people at 13 sites worldwide. The California Digital Library (CDL) has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that funds a two year, full-time North American Coordinator for Library Carpentry and discussions are starting about integrating with Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. Currently, Library Carpentry instructors are trained and certified through Software Carpentry, and lessons for all of the Carpentries are created and maintained in Github, using the same templates. In the next year, Library Carpentry will map out an infrastructure of the growing community, formalize lesson development processes, expand its pool of instructors, and create more instructor trainers to meet the demand for Library Carpentry workshops around the globe.

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Cover page of Community Collections: Nurturing Student Curators (in Students lead the library : the importance of student contributions to the academic library)

Community Collections: Nurturing Student Curators (in Students lead the library : the importance of student contributions to the academic library)


With peer-assisted learning flourishing at many academic libraries, student involvement in reference and even instruction is becoming increasingly common in higher education. But can students play a similar role in collection development? Can undergraduate circulating collections benefit from the involvement of student curators?

Schol Comm For All! Reaching Diverse Populations with a Multipronged Scholarly Communication Outreach Strategy


The diverse populations that librarians serve on a college campus have different scholarly communication concerns about open access, academic publishing, author rights, and related issues. Many academic libraries expect their librarians to have some working knowledge of scholarly communication, but not all campuses have a dedicated functional specialist. Two librarians at a large research institution will demonstrate their methods for identifying and adequately addressing these issues in their campus community.

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Paying for Open: Open Access Subvention Funds at the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries


The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, a prominent advocate for Open Access within the University of Colorado System and nationally, has been supporting CU Boulder faculty, students, and staff since 2012 in the payment of author and/or article processing fees and charges (APCs) to support publication of CU-Boulder research in gold open access journals.Nationally, when academic libraries chose to support Open Access publication costs, it is often an effort to contribute to publication models that allow for worldwide, freely available access to research.This poster explores and analyzes data collected from the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries’ Open Access Fund from July 2012 to December 2015, illustrating the disciplines and demographics of participants, venues of publication, as well as begin to explore the implications of the cost of this program over time.

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