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The United States Open Access Mandate

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The United States Open Access Mandate – what does it mean for us? Open Scholarship Librarian Hardy Schwamm comments on the recent US announcement of changes of Open Access policies of government-funded research.   Announcement of new US policy on Twitter     What happened? On 25 August 2022, the US White House announced an updated policy guidance on Open Access that will substantially expand public access to science. It requires that all US government-funded research to be made freely available to read immediately after publication. This means no embargoes would be acceptable. Federal research bodies need to implement the new policy by the end of 2025. What are the policy changes? Researchers in the US who publish papers based on federal funds currently have two options. They can either make an article Open Access on publication by paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher (Gold Open Access). Or they can publish it in a subscription-based journal but then put t

Publishing an Open Access Monograph

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  In our Open Voices series we are talking to Dr  Éamon Ó Cofaigh , who recently published the monograph “ A Vehicle for Change. Popular Representations of the Automobile in 20th-Century France ”. It is available from  Liverpool University Press  as an  Open Access Monograph  free to download (or as a printed copy for  £34.99).  We talked to Éamon about his book and about his experience of publishing a monograph Open Access. A Vehicle for Change book cover   Hardy: Éamon, thanks for talking to me and congratulations on publishing your book. Éamon : Thank you very much. Hardy: We will talk about what it is like to publish an Open Access Monograph, but first can you please summarise what your book is about? Éamon : Well, my book is based on my PhD thesis which I completed in 2015 and it's about how the automobile was and is consumed in France. I look at popular representations of the car and see how they evolved. For example, I look at motorsport and see how it was used as a v

Lexis+ UK platform

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The Library will be switching to the newer Lexis+ UK platform on Monday night (August 29 th ) . Lexis+ UK brings a single integrated search to Legal Research and Practical Guidance, surfacing the legal insights and intelligence that will drive success. This intuitive platform enables you to quickly and easily answer legal questions, develop winning strategies, and accomplish tasks. Lexis+ UK Brings unprecedented efficiency to your legal workflow so that you can focus on solving your clients’ challenges and add more value to them in less time. Remember all Library resources including Lexis+ can be accessed via the Library Catalogue: https://search.library.universityofgalway.ie/ The Library will be offering online training sessions on the new platform during the first semester, please make sure to follow the Library on all social media platforms for more information on when these sessions will be held.

Academic Staff - Let our Reading List Service support you for the new academic year

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The Library's Reading List Service is  a one-stop teaching support service for academic staff. We are providing in-person training sessions to assist lecturers in publishing reading lists on the Reading List Service for the new academic year.  When you use our service we will:  prioritise your reading lists   order required books/e-books request chapter and article digitisation  provide direct linking to the list from Blackboard for your students In addition, the Reading List Service fully supports the teaching cycle: There is no requirement for separate book ordering or scanning requests  Once the reading list is created, it will roll forward for the next academic year Reading lists can be shared if there are a number of staff teaching a module Each list has a durable URL that allows for sharing i.e. it can be added to Akari   View the following sample  reading list  with links to our Library and web resources. Getting Started 1. Log into our Reading List System and create a sh

Digital Scholarship – an Irish and Galway context

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Digital Scholarship is an umbrella term for modern scholarship using digital methods, tools, or approaches. It is used to define a set of functions and services that enable newer forms of scholarship in universities, cultural institutions, and other research institutions. This is often within the digital arena and can encompass: library focused research enablement, open publishing, digital repositories, digital exhibitions, project management, digital publishing, metadata, impact, discovery, digital preservation, identifiers, copyright, data management, and research metrics. There is significant overlap with Open Scholarship . Open in this context means in a way that all others can freely and easily collaborate on and contribute to. In effect, both digital and open scholarship attempt to define the same thing, that is newer forms of scholarship and the direction of travel for future scholarship. Digital Scholarship tends to focus on digital products, using data and output, infrastruct

Zetoc Service ends 31st July

Jisc has announced that the Zetoc Service is being discontinued from July 31st 2022. Zetoc was one of the largest academic research databases available, with almost 65 million journal articles indexed. In addition it has provided a popular current awareness/table of contents service. In recent years, the number of users has declined as the growth of alternative services and fulltext options has increased. Following a review, Jisc who funded the service in collaboration with the British Library, have decided to retire the service. For some Zetoc Alert may well be missed so the following freely available options, might be of interest for tracking journals and articles of interest: JournalTocs Google Scholar Alerts Researcher App Europe PMC publication email alerts Collection Development

Classical Scores Library Volume 5: new resource

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Access to Music Online: Classical Scores Library Volume 5 is now available via the library catalogue. This resource provides digital access to some of the most-studied works in classical repertoire and exposure to lesser-known composers. This collection builds on Classical Scores Library, Volume IV's collection with an emphasis on contemporary composers and works from the 20th and 21st centuries alongside a selection of scores from medieval, baroque, classical and romantic time periods.  Collection Development  

NUI Galway IP Policy and OER: Comparing NUI Galway and Peer Institutions in Ireland

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  NUI Galway IP Policy and OER: Comparing NUI Galway and Peer Institutions in Ireland by Kris Meen I blogged recently about Open Educational Resource policies and whether NUI Galway ought to think about reviewing its own policies with an eye towards making them more OER-enabling. More recently, it occurred to me that it might be useful to have a look at some peer institutions in Ireland. and their IP policies to see if I could get an impression of how NUI Galway’s policies stack up to others’ in terms of their OER-friendliness. I went ahead and found the IP policies of five peer universities: Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, and the University of Limerick. What I found was interesting: that the IP policy at NUI Galway appears to be a bit of an outlier, and in some ways would probably be considered less OER-friendly than at least some of our peers. I include links to all six IP policies (NUI Galway and five peer instit