Cataloging Librarian Rebecca Culbertson Wins ALCTS Award

Untitled-6Rebecca Culbertson, an Electronic Resources Cataloging Librarian at UC San Diego, has received the 2015 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Culbertson is being honored for her achievements in serials librarianship, including mentoring a generation of catalogers and serving as “a champion for cataloging education.”

“Becky has truly made enormous contributions to cataloging,” said University Librarian Brian Schottlaender. “Her concept of using one bibliographic record for multiple providers of online serial titles—known as the Provider-Neutral concept—has become the accepted practice for online monographs as well. As a former cataloger myself, I have a great deal of respect for her work and am grateful for her many efforts.”

Culbertson began working for the UC San Diego Library (then the Undergraduate Library) in 1967, under Melvin Voigt, the University’s first University Librarian. She remembers seeing the Geisel Library under construction and the big move to the building after its completion in 1970. Technology, she recalls, was not what it is today: “There was not even a functioning Xerox machine.” Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Culbertson graduated from Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan School of Library Science. She worked as a cataloger at the University of Michigan for three years, and then did a six-month stint at the University of Georgia, while her husband was in Naval Supply Corps School.

Culbertson will be honored and formally presented with her award—which includes $750 from ProQuest—on June 27 at the ALCTS awards ceremony at the ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. Maria Collins of North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library is receiving the award along with Culbertson. As a longtime mentor to many budding catalogers over the years, Culbertson’s advice is simple: Learn to make effective use of the catalog. After 50 years, she is still enthusiastic about librarianship and finds the future of library and information work—“the steady drumbeat of the move towards Open Access both through local digitization efforts and repositories”—exciting.

Among her many contributions to the field, she has been an active contributor to CONSER and Program of Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) task groups, and has worked tirelessly to develop and promote clear standards for the cataloging and communication of serials information, as well as the effective presentation of journals though accepted standards.

New Open Access Programs from UC Press

University of California Press Expands into Open Access with Innovative Journal and Monograph Programs

UC Press today announces Collabra and Luminos, two new open access programs for journal and monograph publishing. Aligned with UC Press’s mission to build reach and impact for transformative scholarship, the programs expand publishing options for scholarly authors and researchers, make it easier for readers to find and use content, and share the monetary value generated from publishing across the academic community. Both Collabra and Luminos launch with a distinguished group of advisory board members, editors, authors, and reviewers from universities and associations around the globe.

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What Is Open Access? / Being Open As an Early Career Researcher

From Erin McKiernan, Being Open As an Early-Career Researcher, presented UT Austin, October 17, 2014, and earlier this year at SPARC.

And from PhD Comics, Open Access Explained.

 

Open Access Week

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Oct 20-26 is International Open Access Week

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward. 

This week you can attend an Oct 22 information session about the UC Open Access policy that goes into effect November 1, or the “Generation Open” graduate student talk on Oct 24.  Find out more about Open Access at UCSD.

Generation Open: The Value of Openness – Graduate Student Event, 10/24

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Are you an advocate for free access to publications, education materials, and data? Then you’re an advocate for Open Access!

The theme of Open Access Week this year (October 20–26) is “Generation Open.” The focus is on “highlighting the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change in the short-term, through institutional and governmental policy, and as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends.”

That means you! Graduate students *are* the future of the Academy.  The extent to which you, and other early career researchers, support making research results freely accessible will affect not only your careers but the whole academic landscape.

Come join a discussion of Open Access on Friday, October 24th, 10-11 am in the Biomedical Library Events Room. Speakers will include Eric Bakovic, Linguistics Professor and Chair of the Committee on Library; Maryann Martone, Neurosciences Professor in Residence and Force 11 President; and Nancy Stimson, Scholarly Communications Coordinator for the Library. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Nancy Stimson at nstimson@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-6321.

Presentations on UC Open Access Policy – Oct 22 and Nov 3

The Library will host 2 presentations for faculty, staff and others who want to learn more about the new UC Open Access Policy (which takes effect at UCSD on November 1) and how to deposit their articles in eScholarship.

Please RSVP here. You can also contact your subject librarian directly for individual assistance on uploading articles.

  • October 22, 2014, 10:00-11:30 am, Geisel Library Building, Seuss Room, or
  • November 3, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm, Geisel Library Building, Seuss Room

What does “deposit their articles” mean?

For any article covered by the policy, faculty should deposit the author’s final version in eScholarship (UC’s open access repository) or deposit it in another OA repository and provide eScholarship with a link. If your publisher requires you to opt out in order to publish with them or if you want to opt out of the policy for a particular article or another reason, you can do that on the waiver and embargo page.

The UC Open Access Policy was passed last year by the UC Academic Senate to ensure “that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.”

Each Faculty member grants to the University of California a nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do the same, for the purpose of making their articles widely and freely available in an open access repository. Any other systematic uses of the licensed articles by the University of California must be approved by the Academic Senate. This policy does not transfer copyright ownership, which remains with Faculty authors under existing University of California policy. (Policy)

Enter the I OPEN ACCESS Contest

Enter the “I Open Access” contest and you might win one of five grand prizes, a voucher that can be used to cover one article processing charge (APC) in any BioMed Central, Springer Open, or Chemistry Central journal.

All you have to do is answer, in one sentence, the question “Why Open Access?”  Then print out the “I Open Access Storyboard” and write your answer on the front of it.  Send a photo of you holding your storyboard to iopenaccess@biomedcentral.com

The deadline for entries is October 26, 2014.  Good luck!

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Make Your RSC Article Open Access (for free)

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is continuing their Gold for Gold program. It offers researchers at participating campuses the opportunity to make their articles gold open access (Gold OA)–free of charge.

  • The article (HTML and PDF) will be available on the RSC website, free to any interested reader. No paywalls, no required affiliation with a university or company that has a subscription or license to the journal.
  • The fees that RSC normally requires to make the articles Gold OA will be waived.

The Library has a limited number of vouchers, which the authors will “redeem” to waive the fee. To receive a voucher:

  • At least one author must be from UCSD, any department or program. Faculty, student, post-doc, etc.
  • The article must have been accepted for publication in an RSC journal in 2014. However, we do still have a few vouchers that can be applied toward articles accepted in 2013.

Please contact Teri Vogel if you are interested in obtaining one of vouchers. Please include the title or URL of the article. Once you have a voucher, you will just need to complete a short form on the RSC site, and submit a new License to Publish and select a Creative Commons license (either CC-BY or CC-BY-ND).

16 articles have been made Gold OA since the start of this program, from researchers in Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of NanoEngineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Materials Science & Engineering Program, Department of Pharmacology, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (click for titles and links).

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Journal Publication and Ethics: A Discussion (Aug 20)

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Dr Robert D. Eagling, executive editor of several flagship journals from the Royal Society of Chemistry like Chemical Communications and Chemical Science, will be here on August 20 to talk about publication ethics. Whether you have published a number of articles or still working toward your first article, this is a great opportunity to hear an editor’s perspective, discuss some real examples, and to ask questions.

The RSC publishes journals in chemistry, engineering (including nanotechnology and materials science), environmental science, and the biological and health sciences. This talk is open to all regardless of program or major, and graduate students and postdocs are especially welcome.

Date: August 20, 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Price Center West Ballroom
Light refreshments will be served

Please RSVP to: info@rsc.org

Questions: please contact tmvogel@ucsd.edu

Got data:? Announcing the Beta launch of openICPSR – ICPSR’s Public Access Data Collection

ICPSR recently announced that openICPSR has launched in its Beta form for use by member institutions. The service is found at: www.openicpsr.org

openICPSR is a research data-sharing service for the social and behavioral sciences. Because depositors pay to deposit research data and documentation, the service allows the public to access research data at no charge. openICPSR assists researchers in meeting requirements for public access to federally funded research data. It ensures that data depositors fulfill public-access requirements of grant and contract RFPs.

openICPSR will run in beta form through June 2014. During the beta period, researchers at member institutions are welcome to self-deposit data and documentation free of charge. Beginning in July 2014, the service will open to the public and the fee for self-deposits will be $600 US per project.

Please contact Annelise Sklar for the members-only promotion code.

Please note that professional curation deposits are not included in the openICPSR free offer. Researchers desiring professional curation with public access should contact ICPSR for a quote at deposit@icpsr.umich.edu or 734-647-2200.

openICPSR will continue to add functionality over the course of the next several months; however, self-deposits, when published, will indeed be available to the public, assigned a DOI, and cataloged. (One exception is the deposit of restricted-use data. These data will be accepted, assigned a DOI, and cataloged; however, restricted-use data will not be distributed until later in the year and then via our virtual data enclave (VDE) with a nominal charge to the data requester.)

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