Open Access

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Academic libraries routinely struggle to afford access to expensive journals, and patrons may not be able to obtain every scholarly paper they need. Is Open Access (OA) the answer? In this ALA Editions Special Report, Crawford helps readers understand what OA is (and isn't), as he concisely

• Analyzes the factors that brought us to the current state of breakdown, including the skyrocketing costs of science, technolgy, engineering, and medicine (STEM) journals; consolidation of publishers and diminishing price ...

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Overview

Academic libraries routinely struggle to afford access to expensive journals, and patrons may not be able to obtain every scholarly paper they need. Is Open Access (OA) the answer? In this ALA Editions Special Report, Crawford helps readers understand what OA is (and isn't), as he concisely

• Analyzes the factors that brought us to the current state of breakdown, including the skyrocketing costs of science, technolgy, engineering, and medicine (STEM) journals; consolidation of publishers and diminishing price competition; and shrinking library budgets

• Summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of different OA models, such as "Green," "Gold," "Gratis," "Libre," and various hybrid forms

• Discusses ways to retain peer-review, and methods for managing the OA in the library, including making OA scholarly publishing available to teh general public Addressing the subject from the library perspective while taking a realistic view of corporate interests, Crawford presents a coherent review of what Open Access is today and what it may become.

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VOYA - Kathleen Beck
Open access (OA) is a term we will hear with increasing frequency as serial prices rise and pressure mounts for information to be freely available through modern technology. The author has been involved with OA since its early days and is well qualified to initiate both newbies and experienced professionals into the field. Crawford offers a simple definition: "Open access literature is available online to be read for free by anyone, anytime, anywhere—as long as they have Internet access." This literature includes not only journals but also repositories of research results, prepublication drafts, and data sets. Crawford explains the difference between various types of OA (green vs. gold, gratis vs. libre), outlines the history and development of the field, and considers current controversies and issues. The jury is still out on whether OA will save libraries money on serials subscriptions, but in Crawford's view it is important as "part of a virtuous circle that will improve access at all institutions, including yours." An outline of basic issues about which all information professionals should be informed is especially helpful, as are Crawford's suggestions for action. Though he is careful to include school and public libraries in his assessment, the primary audience for this work will be academic and research libraries. A glossary would have been useful since the text is heavy with acronyms and technical terms. This is a helpful work on an important trend, but most VOYA readers will find the cost a barrier. Reviewer: Kathleen Beck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838911068
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 3/14/2011
  • Series: ALA Editions: Special Reports
  • Pages: 82
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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