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UCSF Open Access Policy – Academic Senate vote unanimous

May 24th, 2012 by Mary Wood

UCSF News reports : UCSF Implements Policy to Make Research Papers Freely Accessible to Public

“…The UCSF Academic Senate has voted to make electronic versions of current and future scientific articles freely available to the public, helping to reverse decades of practice on the part of medical and scientific journal publishers to restrict access to research results…”

At their Division Meeting on May 21, the UCSF Academic Senate voted and approved the proposed Open Access Policy for UCSF.

“Our primary motivation is to make our research available to anyone who is interested in it, whether they are members of the general public or scientists without costly subscriptions to journals,” said Richard A. Schneider, PhD, chair of the UCSF Academic Senate Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication, who spearheaded the initiative at UCSF. “The decision is a huge step forward in eliminating barriers to scientific research,” he said. “By opening the currently closed system, this policy will fuel innovation and discovery, and give the taxpaying public free access to oversee their investments in research.”

The proposed UCSF policy and related documents

Open Access Movement Finds New Ally in UCSF
Michael Kelley, Library Journal, Digital Shift


Related is the system-wide UC Open Access Policy Proposal by the

University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication:

UC Open Access Policy Proposal

Laboratory Animal Medicine Veterinarians

May 22nd, 2012 by Mary Wood


Research Education Program for Laboratory Animal Medicine Veterinarians (R25)

A new funding opportunity issued by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), Officer of the Director, NIH, solicits Research Education Grant (R25) applications to provide research education for veterinarians interested in pursuing a career in Laboratory Animal Medicine (LAM). The objective is to prepare veterinarians to be competent and proficient in the field of Laboratory Animal Medicine in support of biomedical investigations with emphasis on performing collaborative research, and development and maintenance of animal models in support of translational research activities. National Institutes of Health, 5/21.

…This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to stimulate academic institutions to expand post-doctoral research education programs to increase the number of veterinarians trained in laboratory animal medicine in order to address the shortage of these specialty trained individuals serving the biomedical research community and conducting related biomedical research. NIH-funded programs will benefit from this initiative, because of the significant investment in biomedical/translational research programs utilizing animal resources, and assurance that investigator animals are well cared for and healthy. The overall goal of this DPCPSI/ORIP research education program is to ensure that highly trained laboratory animal medicine veterinarians will be available in adequate numbers to support the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research and resource needs within the NIH mission areas….

Office of Extramural Research (OER) - Home Page
Office of Extramural Research (OER)

Librarianship: Two New Open Access Journals

May 18th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB)

is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.  The journal explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles related to education, outreach, collaborations, and current practices, by contributors from all areas of the globe. Articles covering both the theoretical and practical applications are welcomed. JESLIB also provides special features in each issue which include book reviews on subjects of interest to librarians supporting eScience and information on new technologies.

This project has been partially funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3508 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Our own Health Sciences Librarian Raquel Abad is Managing Editor.



seeks to share useful innovations, both in thought and in practice, with the aim of encouraging scholarly exchange and the subsequent benefits that are borne of scrutiny, experimentation and debate. As modes of scholarly communication, the technologies and economics of publishing and the roles of libraries evolve, it is our hope that the work shared in the journal will inform practices that strengthen librarianship and that increase access to the “common Stock of Knowledge.”

JLSC features open access, peer-reviewed research, about library-led scholarly communication initiatives, online publishing and digital projects. Journal content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. The journal is a not-for-profit endeavor, published by Pacific University Library. In support of open and equitable opportunities for authors, JLSC does not charge article submission or publication fees.  Founding board members include UC California Digital Library librarian  Lisa Schiff.

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC)

Library Renovation Survey

May 16th, 2012 by Mary Wood

UC Davis is planning a renovation of the building (Medical Sciences 1B) that houses the

Carlson Health Sciences Library

Health Sciences Bookstore

Scrubs Cafe

To better serve the needs of the Health sciences district community, we would like your help in identifying specific improvements to the library and cafe.

Please take our surveys and tell us what you think:

Library Survey

Dining Survey

Annual Reviews Sciences Collection backfiles

May 7th, 2012 by Mary Wood




Annual Reviews Sciences Collection backfiles

37 Sciences journals
1932 to current-year-minus-five


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

UC Davis Libraries have acquired the entire journal collection of Annual Reviews






UC Open Access Policy Proposal

May 1st, 2012 by Mary Wood

In the Spring of 2012, the faculty of the University of California will be discussing an Open Access policy for the university.

The effort is being coordinated by the University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication and will result in a draft policy for consideration by the system-wide faculty Senate and the campuses beginning as early as possible.

To learn more about this discussion, please download the document below which contains background, a model policy and a number of “Frequently Asked Questions” about open access generally, UC-specific issues of policy and implementation.

Questions, suggestions, criticisms or ideas should be forwarded to your campus COLASC representative.

2012 UC Open Access Policy Proposal