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Message from the NFAIS Executive Director:

Marcie Granahan,
NFAIS Executive Director
Sustainable models for open access continues to be an important topic for NFAIS members, as well as for the entire ecosystem of scholarly communication. Outsell just issued its Open Access 2015: Market Size, Share, Forecast and Trends report this week, featuring revenue performance for 2014. Augmenting this, you’ll want to read "Academic journals thrive on open access model," as well as the article on UC-Davis' new grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (and NFAIS member) which looks at open access to published research.

In addition, be sure to join the discussion (and read my new post on open access) in the NFAIS Advances Community Forum! We’ve also made some user enhancements to our Forum, including making it easier for readers to comment on Forum posts plus opening up participation to those who aren’t NFAIS members.

In addition to the ongoing discussion on open access, what other issues are keeping you up at night? As NFAIS plans its schedule of webinars and virtual seminars for the year ahead, we’d love to hear from you and get your input. Please take a few minutes to complete our short survey to identify topics you deem important and relevant to the information services community.

We hope you enjoy this week’s issue of NFAIS Advances! As always, please feel free to share with colleagues and friends.


Marcie Granahan
Executive Director
NFAIS

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In this issue...
  • Industry News
  • Inside NFAIS
  • NFAIS Events
  • NFAIS Career Center
  • Members on the Move


  • INDUSTRY NEWS


    New research from outsell provides insight on the changing face of the open access market
    Outsell
    Outsell, Inc., the world’s only research and advisory firm focused on media, information, and technology, today announced publication of a new report, Open Access 2015: Market Size, Share, Forecast, and Trends. The publishing industry debate around free access to scientific research raged for decades, reaching the highest levels of government and The dialogue continues today, acknowledging that open access is here to stay.
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    UCD gets grant to look at open access to published research
    The Davis Enterprise
    UC Davis, University Library and the California Digital Library will lead a major new project, with an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to help define the future of open access to scholarship. "Pay It Forward: Investigating a Sustainable Model of Open Access Article Processing Charges for Large North American Research Institutions" is a yearlong effort to study the implications of new funding models for scholarly communications.
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    Academic journals thrive on open access model
    The Australian (subscription required)
    Academic journals have succeeded where others have failed in navigating the perils of the digital world. Martin Delahunty, Nature Publishing Group's global head of partnerships, said academic publishing had already cemented a sustainable, fully open access business model. "You're seeing very few subscription-based journals being launched now," Delahunty said.
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    When open access is the norm, how do scientists work together online?
    PLOS Blog
    The Web was invented to enable scientists to collaborate. In 2000 the Los Alamos National Laboratory commissioned me to write a progress report on Web-based collaboration between scientists, Internet Groupware for Scientific Collaboration. Blogs, social media, and Open Access publishing of scientific literature, data, and software were trends then visible on the horizon but not yet central to the experiences of most working scientists.
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    Publishers applaud Congress for introduction of balanced TPA legislation
    NFAIS
    The Association of American Publishers commends Chairman Hatch, R-Utah, Senator Wyden, D-Oregon and Chairman Ryan, R-Wisconsin for the introduction of Trade Promotion Authority legislation. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 recognizes the importance of strong intellectual property protection for strengthening global economies through creativity and innovation. Publishers urge Congress to move quickly to enact this legislation.
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    The open publishing revolution, now behind a billion dollar paywall
    Fast Company
    In 2013, when Victor Henning announced that his six-year-old startup Mendeley would be acquired by one of the world's biggest media companies, he knew there would be blowback. He just couldn't have anticipated how bad it would get. "Seeing that some of our most vocal advocates thought we had sold them out felt awful," Henning said recently over a tea in Amsterdam, where Elsevier, Mendeley's parent company, is headquartered.
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    Open access: Cambridge University Press open for business
    Research Information
    Cambridge University Press is launching a new 'Open Access Monograph Publishing Service' offering authors a way to publish their books via open access in a fairly priced way. This service gives authors the option of publishing their work under the Gold Open Access model, supporting the Press' mission to disseminate knowledge at the highest international levels of excellence.
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    London Book Fair 2015: The changing scholarly publisher
    Publishers Weekly
    Midway through a wide-ranging London Book Fair discussion on what an academic publisher is today, moderator Audrey McCulloch (CEO, ALPSP) asked a pointed question: for all its ambitious goals, has open access publishing so far just made scholarly publishing more complicated?
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    LearningExpress becomes part of EBSCO Information Services
    NFAIS
    EBSCO Information Services is adding more resources for students and adult learners with the acquisition of the education technology company LearningExpress. LearningExpress is an acclaimed provider of online platforms for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation and career-oriented digital content.
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    ACI helps researchers find trusted blog content
    Information Today, Inc.
    Researchers typically know where to find journal articles, reference books, and other materials on topics that interest them—but it can be difficult to separate trustworthy blogs from those that might, intentionally or otherwise, spread misinformation. That’s where the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, a curated collection of scholarly blogs for the academic market, comes in.
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    Preparing the workforce for digital curation
    The National Academies Press
    The massive increase in digital information in the last decade has created new requirements for institutional and technological structures and workforce skills. Preparing the Workforce for Digital Curation focuses on education and training needs to meet the demands for access to and meaningful use of digital information, now and in the future. This study identifies the various practices and spectrum of skill sets that comprise digital curation, looking in particular at human versus automated tasks.
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    INSIDE NFAIS


    Fast Times for Information: Understanding the On-going Revolution
    NFAIS
    Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EST)

    As the information community prepares for several upcoming conferences, including the annual meetings of the Special Libraries Association and the American Library Association, it’s a great time to review and reflect on the most important content and publishing issues affecting the information community today.

    Join us (register yourself and bring a group of your colleagues together) for this special NFAIS virtual roundtable featuring Cynthia Hill, Manager, Research Library and Bank Archives, at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Bill Trippe, Director of Technology, at MIT Press. NFAIS’s Jill O’Neill will present and lead a vibrant discussion with these experts that will be of interest to researchers, content providers, publishers and librarians.
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    NFAIS EVENTS


    Upcoming events
    Fast Times for Information: Understanding the On-going Revolution
    Thursday, May 21, 2015 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EDT)

    NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference
    Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 1 p.m. - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 2 p.m.

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    NFAIS CAREER CENTER

    Content Manager College of American Pathologists Northfield, Illinois
    Metadata Creation Professional - Continuing Resources UC Berkeley California
    ITS Service Manager Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida
    Manager, Digital Strategy & Product Development American Academy of Pediatrics Elk Grove Village, Illinois

    The NFAIS Career Center is the premier one-stop place for employers and job-seekers in the information services field to make the right connections. Click here to view all job opportunities or to post an open position.


    MEMBERS ON THE MOVE

    Recently change positions? We want to hear from you! Send your press release or information to Ken Berlack at kberlack@nfais.org.
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