Open Access and its Practical Impact on the Work of Academic Librarians

Open Access and its Practical Impact on the Work of Academic Librarians

Collection Development, Public Services, and the Library and Information Science Literature

1st Edition - December 30, 2009

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  • Author: Laura Bowering Mullen
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630229

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This book is aimed at the practicing academic librarian, especially those working on the ‘front lines’ of reference, instruction, collection development, and other capacities that involve dealing directly with library patrons in a time of changing scholarly communication paradigms. The book looks at open access from the perspective of a practicing academic librarian and challenges fellow librarians to continue the dialogue about how the movement might be affecting day-to-day library work and the future of academic libraries.

Key Features

  • Written by a practicing academic librarian with many years experience in reference, as well as in collection development and faculty liaison roles
  • Written with the “front-line” academic librarian in mind from a practical point of view
  • Contains numerous references to refer the reader to many open access resources; includes extensive footnotes for further reading


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

    • About the author
    • Preface
    • 1: Introduction
      • Open access in the library: implications for academic librarians
      • Keeping up with legislation mandating open access
      • Assisting researchers with new open access concerns
      • Copyright and licensing issues
      • Recent policy changes noted in the LIS literature
      • Open access, increasing research impact, and libraries integrating free search engines
      • Open access and implications for peer review
      • What do researchers want from their libraries?
    • 2: Librarians and their own open access publishing
      • Self-archiving by librarians
      • Authors in LIS and permissions to self-archive
      • Institutional repositories and subject archiving for LIS authors
      • Integrating LIS and other disciplines’ repositories into the library
      • Librarians as authors in the journal literature
      • Librarians in their roles as journal editors
      • Hierarchy and prestige of LIS journals
      • LIS abstracting and indexing services
      • LIS weblogs covering open access topics
      • Open access journals for librarians
      • Librarians as publishers of open access journals
      • A new role for the subject specialist in open access journal publishing
      • Open access journals published by the Rutgers University Libraries
    • 3: Collection development and open access
      • Librarians’ relationships with traditional publishers
      • Threats that open access may pose to libraries
      • Inertia for the LIS journal literature
      • Librarians engaging in business with traditional publishers
      • Commercial versus society publishers: different relationships with librarians
      • Roles of librarians in discussions of university press partnerships
      • Dissertations as important unique open access materials
      • Overall growth of electronic publishing
      • Open access and the LIS book literature
      • Implications for libraries of large open access book digitisation initiatives
    • 4: Librarians and their roles in the academy
      • Promotion and tenure issues for librarians and teaching faculty
      • Open access and research impact
      • Faculty status for librarians
      • Do librarians really want to see changes in the current model?
      • Implications of the aging of the current pool of academic librarians
      • The individual library’s identity
      • Librarian behaviour echoing that of their ‘other’ subject specialties
      • Promoting the institutional repository as the means to open access
      • Priorities for funding and staffing the ‘new’ academic library
    • 5: Collection development librarians and open access
      • The future of collections in an open access world
      • Ownership versus access: implications for librarians
      • Usage statistics and other assessment tools for open access resources
      • Serials retention and preservation issues
      • Librarians’ views on self-archiving and its effects on the traditional literature
      • Scholarly communication changes affecting interlibrary loan
      • Author-pays open access and implications for the library
      • Collection development, bibliographer and liaison librarian roles
      • New roles for librarians interested in open access
      • Academic library scholarly communications committees
    • 6: Public services work and open access
      • Open access and the academic librarian: its relevance for everyday
      • Library users and their knowledge of open access alternatives
      • Asking users to change behaviour
      • Using DOAJ as a source of open access materials
      • Open access materials available for discovery
      • Role of the reference librarian and the library website in promoting open access
      • Using Google Scholar in reference work to discover open access materials
      • Open access and other indexes and databases
      • Disciplinary differences in open access material presented to patrons
      • Inclusion of open access materials in traditional and emerging indexes
      • Searching the scholarly literature: best practices
      • Federated search and open source solutions
      • Various article versions causing confusion in public services
      • Citation managers incorporating open access materials
      • Information literacy with open access
      • Open educational resources
      • Open access programmes planned for students
      • LIS education and open access
    • 7: Open access and technical services
      • Effects of open access on the work of technical services librarians
      • Institutional repositories, open access and academic librarians
      • Copyright issues and all librarians
      • Other repository services
      • E-science and open access to data: the role of libraries
      • The global importance of open access
    • 8: Conclusion
    • Bibliography
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 254
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2009
  • Published: December 30, 2009
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630229

About the Author

Laura Bowering Mullen

Laura Bowering Mullen is the Behavioural Sciences Librarian at the Library of Science and Medicine of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Piscataway, New Jersey, USA. Mullen has had many years of experience as an academic science reference librarian, and is involved in collection development, faculty liaison, and public services capacities. Mullen has co-authored recent articles on relevant topics such as Google Scholar and librarians’ roles in assisting faculty with increasing research impact.

Affiliations and Expertise

Library of Science and Medicine of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

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