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Read up on open access publishing

open_access-logoRecently, a few interesting articles have appeared debating the future of scientific publishing and the impact of open access publishing.  Both Nature and New England Journal of Medicine have devoted issues to open access and the future of scholarly publishing, airing viewpoints on both sides of the debate regarding how open scientific publishing should be.  A selection of those articles are noted here.

In Nature, March 28, 2013:

Disciplinary action:  How scientists share and reuse information is driven by technology but shaped by discipline, Nature, DOI:10.1038/495409b

Open access: The true cost of science publishing, Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 426–429; DOI:10.1038/495426a

Licence restrictions: A fool’s errand, John Wilbanks, Nature, 28 March 2013; 495: 440-441; DOI:10.1038/495440a

In New England Journal of Medicine, February 28, 2013

For the Sake of Inquiry and Knowledge — The Inevitability of Open Access, Ann J. Wolpert, M.L.S., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:785-787; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1211410

Open but Not Free — Publishing in the 21st Century, Martin Frank, Ph.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:787-789; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1211259

Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access, Michael W. Carroll, J.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:789-791; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1300040

The Downside of Open-Access Publishing, Charlotte Haug, M.D., Ph.D., N Engl J Med 2013; 368:791-793; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1214750

 

Reminder: Libraries to retire ERes system in December

As reported in May, The Libraries will retire the ERes system (http://eres.library.uthscsa.edu/) used for electronic course reserves at the end of December 2010.  Starting in 2011, only print materials and books will be accepted for course reserves.  All electronic reserves will be handled through Blackboard.

If you need assistance with your ERes account, please contact the Briscoe Library Information Desk at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu. To get started using Blackboard for your courses, call Blackboard Support at (210) 567-7777 option #4.

Katie Prentice
Head of Education and Information Services

Safeguarding the library’s collection: Security exit procedure

Library staff are charged to safeguard the library collections.  The Briscoe Library exit gate is designed to detect the removal of library materials.  An alarm will sound if any library item passes through the gate.  To avoid the alarm sounding, materials should be passed to Circulation Desk staff prior to walking through the exit gate.  Circulation staff will then return the materials after checking the items’ borrowed status. 

If the alarm sounds, you will be stopped by Circulation staff and asked to check for library materials in your possession.  This ensures that items are properly checked out.  We hope that this will reduce the number of overdue and missing books. 

Library staff wants to be sure that materials are available for the widest possible use.  Thank you for assisting us in preserving our library collection.  If you have any suggestions or concerns regarding this procedure, please contact Chris Gaspard at sifuentes@uthscsa.edu or (210) 567-2429.

Seeking cost efficiencies: Joint Library Facility opens at Texas A&M Riverside campus

Joint Library Facility

An 18,000 square-foot facility opened Friday, May 24th on the Texas A&M Riverside campus in Bryan, Texas that will house approximately one million volumes.  The University of Texas and Texas A&M University Systems developed the Joint Library Facility (JLF) to provide storage of print books and journals. Academic and health institutions from the two systems will be able to store materials, and all libraries will be able to use materials from the facility. The building site has enough land for two additional library storage facilities to be built once the current facility reaches capacity.

Joint Library Facility

The Joint Library Facility will receive and store print materials from libraries of the Texas A&M and University of Texas systems.

The facility will reduce costs associated with storing print books and journals from $4.26 per volume each year to 86 cents per volume each year. The facility will help with cost efficiency and allow universities to free up space for higher circulating materials or to create new study spaces. The facility will also allow UT System and Texas A&M University System libraries to eliminate duplications among libraries by storing one copy of infrequently used books and journals. In addition, one copy of print journal volumes for which the system libraries have digital access will be stored. This will accommodate those instances when a print copy is needed or if digital access is lost.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, served on the Policies and Procedures task force for the JLF along with several librarians across the state. This task force created guidelines and criteria for selection of materials, recommendations for processing of materials, interlibrary loan policies, and guidelines for delivery of shipments to the facility.

The beta version of RefWorks 2.0 is now available

Refworks 2.0 screenshot

RefWorks, the popular bibliographic management tool, has launched the beta version of its new RefWorks 2.0 interface.  The core functions of RefWorks— storing references in an online repository, creating bibliographies, and information sharing and collaboration— are all enhanced through the improved interface.

RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current version should have little trouble adapting to the new  version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation.  Editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before.

Sometime this spring, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for Health Science Center RefWorks users; however, the classic version will continue to be available.  All references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.

If you want to test drive the new interface before it becomes the default for our site, you will need to create a new test account here. Remember that this account is not linked to your classic RefWorks account through UT Health Science Center  at this time.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

Web of Science Cancellation

The UT Health Science Center Library is discontinuing Web of Science after the current subscription expires.  Due to a combination of funding limitations and duplication of content we could not justify the renewal.  Effective January 1, 2014, we will no longer have access to Web of Science.

Scopus is a database that provides similar information to Web of Science.  Please contact the library at (210)567-2450 or askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu if you need assistance with making the switch from Web of Scienc to Scopus.  Librarians are available for consultations or to provide group instruction to help ease the transition.  Any departmental or committee material that references Web of Science should be updated to Scopus.

John Weed, Head of Collection Resources

Website redesign: Refworks 2.0

Just a reminder that in July, RefWorks 2.0 will become the default interface for UT Health Science Center RefWorks users. The classic version will still be available, and all references stored in current accounts will be accessible through the new interface, so current users will not lose any information.

RefWorks users who are comfortable with the current “classic” version should have little trouble adapting to the new clean version, which makes use of icons, tabs, and a “Quick List” for easy navigation.  Tasks such as editing references by browsing your computer and adding attachments like links to PDF articles or a JPG are even easier than before.  New features such as citation information have been added as well.

If you have questions about the new RefWorks interface, contact the library Information Desk at 7-2450 or via email to askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Linda Levy
Assistant Director for Branch Libraries and Database Services

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