Member News & Announcements, November IO 2022

Grants and Awards

CU Boulder receives collaborative national grant for open science project
University of Colorado, Boulder Libraries, L.S.A. Member, Featured Article, October 3, 2022

Imagine being an atmospheric researcher who uses an aircraft equipped with scientific instruments that are designed for measuring the lowest level of the atmosphere. Other researchers also use this aircraft to gather data that can be used in scientific studies. 

Everyone utilizing this airplane needs to know what data the instruments on their airplane collect and where the data is used in order to justify the value of the airplane to whoever is funding that research collection and for other interested researchers to be able to replicate the data collection process.

Industry Leadership

Aries Systems Appoints Ryan Walther as Senior Director of Client Services
Aries Systems Corporation, Voting Member, News Announcement, October 12, 2022

Aries Systems, a leading technology provider for the scholarly publishing community, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Walther as its Senior Director of Client Services.

In this role, Walther will lead Aries’ global Client Services team with strategic focus on forming strong relationships with key clients, optimizing customer on-boarding and support processes, and advancing continued development of the department.

Walther brings more than 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing. He has served as the Managing Editor of the journals Anesthesiology, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Journal of Vascular Surgery, as well as the Director of Scientific Publications for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. In his previous roles, Walther worked directly with Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer through publishing partnerships and has worked in both medical writing and as a college lecturer.

Libraries, Collections and Archives

McMaster’s Basil H. Johnston Archives added to UNESCO Canada Memory of the World Register
McMaster University, L.S.A. Consortia Member, News Announcement, October 17, 2022

The Basil H. Johnston Archives at McMaster University are now part of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO Canada Memory of the World Register.

Johnston (1929-2015) was an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) author, linguist and teacher. Widely considered one of the leading North American Indigenous authors of the 20th century, he wrote about Anishinaabe traditions, language and modern life.

Preserving a university tradition
Washington University in St. Louis Libraries, L.S.A. Member, Featured Article, October 14, 2022

Often referred to as an “education within an education,” the Assembly Series lecture program remains one of the most fondly remembered aspects of the Washington University experience.

For 70+ years, the Assembly Series has welcomed leaders and visionaries, pioneering scientists, public intellectuals, genre-breaking artists and performers, Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners, Supreme Court justices and entrepreneurs. Moreover, these lectures have been recorded, going as far back as 1949, preserving the ideas shared on campus for future generations and resulting in a one-of-a-kind archival collection. But in recent years, the very survival of this academic treasure trove had been in question.

University of Pennsylvania Libraries Receives Major Gift; South Asia History Collection
University of Pennsylvania Libraries, L.S.A. Consortia Member, Blog Post, October 12, 2022

Over the course of more than five decades, Kenneth X. Robbins and his wife Joyce Robbins have amassed a collection of more than 100,000 items relating to the history of South Asia, Africans in the greater Indian Ocean world, and the Jewish diaspora in India and beyond. This year, they designated the Penn Libraries as the recipient of the Kenneth and Joyce Robbins Collection of South Asia History in their estate planning. 

“The Penn Libraries has made it a strategic priority to build, preserve, and increase access to deep and distinctive collections,” says Constantia Constantinou, H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of Libraries. “The Robbinses’ generous gift will make our Center for Global Collections a premier destination for students and researchers of South Asian history.”

Open Access, Open Science

Project MUSE To Implement Subscribe to Open (S2O) Option for 2025
Project Muse/Johns Hopkins, Voting/L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, October 27, 2022

Following a year of research and community engagement funded by a planning grant from the Mellon Foundation’s Public Knowledge Program, Project MUSE is preparing a Subscribe to Open (S2O) offer across multiple journal titles and participating publishers that will begin with the 2025 calendar year subscription term.

With more than 700 current journals in the humanities and social sciences on its platform, from close to 200 non-profit publishers, Project MUSE is uniquely positioned to develop and deploy a Subscribe to Open business model at scale. The collective support of an S2O offer by MUSE’s community of thousands of libraries worldwide has the potential to equitably open a wealth of vital scholarship, in disciplines frequently not well served by other open access (OA) models.

Breaking down barriers to global research
Cambridge University Press, Voting Member, News Announcement, October 10, 2022

A new series of open access journals from Cambridge University Press will address global challenges by bringing together researchers across national and subject boundaries.

Cambridge Prisms will shape solutions to major scientific, technological and medical challenges with cutting-edge research and reviews.

That research will step out of subject silos, with the scope of each journal built around broad, subject neutral topics – Coastal Futures, Precision Medicine, Global Mental Health, Extinction, Plastics, Water – that encourage collaboration between researchers from different disciplines and make it easy for readers to find relevant content.

Demonstrating WashU’s Commitment to Open Research
Washington University in St. Louis Libraries, L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, October 10, 2022

During Open October, University Libraries and Becker Medical Library shine a spotlight on open research and open scholarship, highlighting its impacts on our campus and promoting the tools that the libraries provide to support it. The hallmarks of open scholarship are inclusivity, transparency, collaboration, and barrier-free dissemination of scholarly outputs (publications, data sets, code, etc.), and thus open access publishing, open science, open source, and open data are all subsets of open scholarship. While WashU is engaged in a variety of initiatives supporting open scholarship, and we encourage you to review other Open October programs to learn about them, one that merits special attention this year is Washington University’s participation in the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS).

Convened by the National Academies in early 2022, HELIOS is a cohort of colleges and universities who have committed to advance open scholarship within their institutions, and WashU has been engaged from the early days. HELIOS now has more than 80 of our peer institutions as members and has established four working groups to create a framework for moving institutions forward in support of open scholarship…

Partnerships & Collaborations

EcoEvoRxiv partners with California Digital Library to re-launch preprint service on Janeway
California Digital Library (CDL), L.S.A. Member, News Announcement, October 19, 2022

The EcoEvoRxiv community and the eScholarship Publishing program at the California Digital Library (CDL) are delighted to announce a partnership to host the EcoEvoRxiv preprint server at the CDL. The re-launch of EcoEvoRxiv is scheduled to take place during International Open Access Week 2022 (October 24-30).

“This relaunch marks a new start and a milestone for EcoEvoRxiv,” says Shinichi Nakagawa, one of its founders. “It is now widely recognized among ecologists, as well as evolutionary and conservation biologists because of their support.”

JSTOR’s Demand-Driven Acquisition program now available through Rialto™ and OASIS®
ITHAKA/JStor/Portico, and Proquest, Voting Members, News Announcement, October 17, 2022

JSTOR and ProQuest extend partnership to offer libraries new options for ebook acquisition

JSTOR’s Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) program is now available through ProQuest Rialto and ProQuest OASIS, providing a new option for academic libraries to participate in JSTOR’s ebook program while managing acquisitions through their preferred workflows.

Audrey Marcus, Senior Vice President, ProQuest Books at Clarivate, commented, “The ability to manage a JSTOR DDA program in Rialto and OASIS enables libraries to have more choice in their ebook acquisitions. Adding JSTOR DDA to our marketplaces continues our mission of delivering flexible workflow solutions for librarians.”

University Libraries contracts with Index Data for FOLIO project management
University of Colorado, Boulder Libraries, L.S.A. Member, and Index Data, Voting Member, News Announcement, October 12, 2022

The University Libraries has contracted with Index Data to provide a suite of services for the implementation of the Future of Libraries is Open (FOLIO) project. The Libraries plan to adopt FOLIO, an open-source, community-based Library Services Platform, in 2023.

“The University Libraries are living up to our mission of supporting student and faculty success and developing open models of access,” said Robert H. McDonald, dean of libraries and senior vice provost of online education. “By adopting FOLIO, we are participating in a global effort to secure sustainable and affordable software for our libraries.”