Survey of Academic Library Efforts to Enhance Faculty Cooperation with Open Access

Aug 2015| PRG099A| Primary Research Group

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The study presents data from 50 mostly research oriented colleges and universities about how their academic libraries approach faculty and administration about their open access initiatives. Some of the kinds of questions that the report helps its readers to answer are: how much staff time are libraries devoting to open access initiatives and specifically to efforts to educate faculty and administration about them? How successful have they been? How have they reached out? To what percentage of faculties have library OA experts made presentations at faculty meetings? How many talks or addresses have they made? What have been their most effective arguments? Are some faculties more sympathetic than others? What kind of open access initiatives are libraries developing? How many are publishing their own OA journals? How do they go about obtaining publication permissions? How much staff time is expended in the permissions process? How have statistical reports on digital repository use been received by faculty? Have the reports enhanced cooperation? What has been the impact of the OA program on the college’s scholarly reputation?

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