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

1st Edition

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

Authors: Laura Bowering Mullen
Paperback ISBN: 9781843345930
eBook ISBN: 9781780630229
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th December 2009
Page Count: 254
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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 electroni


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


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About the Authors

Laura Bowering Mullen Author

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