On March 24, 2014, ARL, SPARC, and 14 other organizations sent a letter (PDF) to Chairman Smith (R-TX) and Representative Johnson (D-TX) urging them to modify the Frontiers in Innovation Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4186), which reauthorizes parts of the America COMPETES Act. The bill includes many deeply problematic provisions relating to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and also includes restricted provisions for public access to research results.
image © diylibrarian“Unwrapping the Bundle: An Examination of Research Libraries and the ‘Big Deal’,” by Karla L. Strieb of the Ohio State University (OSU) and Julia C. Blixrud of ARL has been added to the OSU Knowledge Bank. The authors’ final version has been accepted for publication in portal: Libraries and the Academy. Based on the findings of a 2012 survey of ARL member libraries about journal bundles, this article compares results to earlier studies and examines the product structure, pricing models, and license terms.
Under the auspices of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LIBLICENSE Model License for e-resources is undergoing a vigorous overhaul by a team of North American practitioners and experts. The model license has served as a negotiating framework and has been widely used by libraries and consortia for many years. An initial draft of the revised model license will be available in late spring 2014. Later in the year, the software that enables users to build their own agreements will be rewritten and released.
For more information, see the March 13, 2014, CRL news release, “North American Working Group to Revise Model License,” or contact
The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Notification System Project Plan, released February 6, 2014, details the first in a series of activities to be undertaken by SHARE to ensure that scholarly research outputs are discovered and built upon in a manner that facilitates and accelerates the research process.
image: Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, P 19 fol. 1rARL has been selected to be a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2014, the Public Fellows Program will place 20 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $65,000, and health insurance.
image © Université de MontréalOn January 14, the Université de Montréal (UdeM) libraries announced that they are cancelling their subscriptions to 1,142 of 1,510 periodicals in the Wiley Online Library at the end of the month. New issues of the cancelled titles will no longer be available online to the UdeM community, but access to earlier issues will be maintained. In a news release (English translation [PDF]), the libraries note that the cancellations are the result of several factors, including budget cuts imposed by the Québec government and annual subscription price increases between 3% and 6%.
image © Mitchell Joyce and Kristin MansonThe Association of American University Presses (AAUP) surveyed its members and ARL libraries in 2012 to identify elements of successful collaborations. The survey included questions on operational and financial structures and resulted in descriptions of the variety of existing relationships between presses and libraries. Follow-up interviews with some respondents were conducted in 2013. Today AAUP released a report, Press and Library Collaboration Survey, that includes a number of broad conclusions and recommendations for successful collaboration. For an overview and to read the full report, see the AAUP news release, “Successful Press-Library Collaborations Rely on Complementary Skills, Resources, and Missions.”
This SPEC Kit examines the ways in which research libraries are involved in the administration of disciplinary repositories. It explores the disciplinary scope of the repository, collection policies, funding models, assessment practices, and staffing, among other information. The SPEC Kit presents case studies of 12 disciplinary repositories that are managed entirely or in part by a library and includes examples of web pages for each one that describe the repository content, features, policies, organizational structure, and how to submit resources
This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.
Link to the online SPEC Kit 338 on the ARL Digital Publications website.
ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 284, which features an overview of the digital humanities by Don Waters of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This issue of RLI also includes an article on assessing library space and its connection to student learning, by Joan Lippincott of the Coalition for Networked Information and Kim Duckett of North Carolina State University Libraries.
Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 284 features an overview of the digital humanities by Don Waters of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This issue of RLI also includes an article on assessing library space and its connection to student learning, by Joan Lippincott of the Coalition for Networked Information and Kim Duckett of North Carolina State University Libraries.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
image © CERN, credit Lucas TaylorUnder the leadership of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, partners in 24 countries are participating in the largest-scale global open access initiative ever built—SCOAP3. Involving an international collaboration of more than 1,000 libraries, library consortia, and research organizations, SCOAP3 will make it possible for a significant percentage of scientific articles in the field of high-energy physics to become open access at no cost for any author and with a reduction of subscription fees for libraries. Everyone will be able to read the articles, authors will retain copyright, and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information.
image © University of DenverSpeakers’ slides from the ARL Membership Meeting and the ARL Fall Forum held October 9–10 and October 10–11 in Arlington, Virginia, are now on the ARL website. Several ARL Membership Meeting sessions built on recent discussions about strategic thinking and the future landscape for research libraries. This year’s ARL Fall Forum, “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise,” explored opportunities and collaborations in responding to the White House memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” Available slides include:
Presented by Laine Farley on October 11, 2013, at the ARL Fall Forum on “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise” in Arlington, Virginia.
Presented by Kathleen Shearer on October 11, 2013, at the ARL Fall Forum on “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise” in Arlington, Virginia.
Presented by Karla Strieb on October 11, 2013, at the ARL Fall Forum on “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise” in Arlington, Virginia.
Presented by Rebecca Kennison on October 11, 2013, at the ARL Fall Forum on “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise” in Arlington, Virginia.
Presented by Lorcan Dempsey on October 11, 2013, at the ARL Fall Forum on “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise” in Arlington, Virginia.
Presented by Larry Lannom on October 11, 2013, at the ARL Fall Forum on “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise” in Arlington, Virginia.
SCOAP3The SCOAP3 model is built on redirecting funds currently used to pay for subscriptions to participating journals to support their conversion to open access, as well as to cover article-processing fees in existing open access journals. Launch of SCOAP3 is scheduled for January 1, 2014, and confirmation of participation is requested by November 15, 2013. SCOAP3 costs institutions no more than they are paying now for the subscriptions and has, due to unprecedented global negotiations, driven reductions in publisher article-processing fees when SCOAP3 goes live and will ensure the granting of CC-BY licenses for the articles. For US libraries that have not yet confirmed their participation, information can be found on the LYRASIS website or by contacting
The three award recipients of the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) were announced October 21 in Washington, DC, at the Open Access Week kick-off event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank. ASAP recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations benefiting society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust, Public Library of Science (PLOS), and Google; ARL and SPARC are also among the program sponsors.
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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has been awarded $50,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help develop the proposed SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE). SHARE is a joint initiative of ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to collaboratively build a cross-institutional coordination framework for the long-term management and preservation of—and expansion of access to—the results of academic research. The initiative was made urgent by the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directing federal agencies to develop draft plans for the public deposit of research articles and data sets associated with federal funding.
SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) Tenets and Overview
PLOS, the Public Library of Science, today announced the six finalists for the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP). The program recognizes the use of scientific research, published through open access, that has led to innovations benefiting society. Major sponsors include the Wellcome Trust and Google; ARL and SPARC are also among the program sponsors. Three top awards of $30,000 each will be announced on October 21 in Washington, DC, at an Open Access Week kick-off event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank. As award finalists, these individuals and teams are being honored for addressing a real-world challenge either by reusing previously published open access research or by creating a new repository of freely available research data to assist current and future collaborative research projects.
image © University of DenverRegistration is open for the ARL Fall Forum 2013, “Mobilizing the Research Enterprise,” to be held in Arlington, Virginia, October 10–11. The program will explore the opportunities and collaborations in responding to the White House memorandum on “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research.” The forum will open with a keynote address by Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Vanderbilt University.
image © Niklas WikströmThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced the formation of a joint steering group to advance a proposed network of digital repositories at universities, libraries, and other research institutions across the US that will provide long-term public access to federally funded research articles and data.
image © Tom SharlotThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) are pleased to announce the launch of a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication.
image © Right to Research CoalitionSPARC’s student initiative, the Right to Research Coalition, has released a video interview of Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore who won the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with a breakthrough diagnostic for pancreatic cancer. Interviewed by Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Andraka discusses how open access articles and NIH’s PubMed Central played a key role in enabling his discovery.
The Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and ARL have drafted a proposal in response to the OSTP memo: The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE).
The proposal begins:
Research universities are long-lived and are mission-driven to generate, make accessible, and preserve over time new knowledge and understanding. Research universities collectively have the assets needed for a national solution for enhanced public access to federally funded research output. As the principal producers of the resources that are to be made publicly available under the new White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum, and that are critical to the continuing success of higher education in the United States, universities have invested in the infrastructure, tools, and services necessary to provide effective and efficient access to their research and scholarship. The new White House directive provides a compelling reason to integrate higher education’s investments to date into a system of cross-institutional digital repositories that will be known as SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)...
Comments and questions about the draft SHARE proposal (PDF) are welcome—please send e-mail to
This spring SPARC published a community resource, Article-Level Metrics: A SPARC Primer (PDF), by Greg Tananbaum. Article-level metrics (ALMs) are rapidly emerging as important tools to quantify how individual articles are being discussed, shared, and used. This SPARC primer provides an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities and metrics, and how they might be considered for use in the tenure and promotion process.
ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows: