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Posts by Adam Siegel

EBSCO’s 2016 Serials Price Projections

October 7th, 2015 by Adam Siegel

Ebsco, based on conversations with and surveys of libraries, publishers, vendors, and others in the industry, estimates that serials inflation will run 4-6% next year.  The report also notes: “Libraries continue to spend large sums on publisher electronic journal packages (also known as ‘Big Deals,’) which continue to consume a higher percentage of the library spend year over year. Librarians continue to favor the purchase of e-content over print and packaged content over individual subscriptions.”

Reprints from the UC Libraries

December 12th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

The UC Libraries have digitized hundreds of thousands of public domain books from our collections. In partnership with Hewlett-Packard, the UC Libraries are making many of these books available for purchase in reprinted editions. These reprints are made from images of the actual library books, digitally cleaned and processed for a better reading experience.

Purchase Reprints

Find and order reprints from the UC Libraries’ collections.

Reprints FAQ

Have questions about the service? Wondering which books are available to be ordered, how long it takes for them to arrive, and how much they cost? Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Town Hall Meeting on Proposed UC Open Access Policy

November 26th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

The following is an announcement from Professor Brian Kolner to members of the UC Davis Academic Senate and Academic Federation. Please contact him with any questions:

Dear Colleagues,

The University of California is considering adopting an Open Access publishing policy that will make the results of our published scholarly work accessible through the California Digital Library. The University Committee on the Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) and the Academic Council wish to get a sense of the campuses toward adoption of this policy. Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting on the following date and location

Friday, November 30, 2012
3-5 PM

for a presentation and discussion. Following the Town Hall Meeting, we will launch a web forum on the Academic Senate web site (details to follow) for further comment. The Open Access draft policy, frequently asked questions, a slide presentation and other materials can be downloaded in advance at the following site:


We look forward to seeing you at the Town Hall on Nov. 30th.

Professor Brian H. Kolner
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California, Davis
email: bhkolner@ucdavis.edu

More New Licensed Resources:

October 10th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

New subscription databases for the academic year also include:

March of Time
“From 1935-1967, Time Inc. offered Americans views of significant historical events in their newsreel series The March of Time. Several hundred of these newsreels can be searched and viewed as streaming videos. Transcripts of these commercial, documentary, instructional and public service videos accompany the films. In support of research and teaching, the resource enables users to create, edit, and share playlists or film clips.”

Vogue Archive
“The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. Search by advertisement, article, editor, and more or browse each issue by date.”

New Resources: Oxford Bibliographies

October 10th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

The library has licensed subscriptions to the following Oxford Bibliographies.

In OUP’s words: “Developed cooperatively with scholars and librarians worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.”

The library currently licenses the following bibliographies:

Atlantic History


Latin American Studies

Medieval Studies


Renaissance and Reformation

Join us for Open Access Week 2012 events

October 10th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity to discuss and learn about the potential benefits of open access publishing. As the UC community debates open access mandates, faces federal data sharing requirements, and along with the rest of the worldwide research and academic community debates how to work with an ever-increasing amount of scholarly information, Open Access Week is more relevant and important than ever.

Please join the UC Davis Library in celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with three special events:

Open data and open access: expert panel discussion
Four experts — MacKenzie Smith (UCD University Librarian), Jonathan Eisen (UCD Professor and PLoS Biology editor), Timothy Vollmer (Creative Commons) and Carly Strasser (DataOne and California Digital Library) will debate the merits of open access and open data and discuss recent developments in scholarly publishing and sharing data. Come with your questions for what promises to be a lively, cutting-edge discussion!
Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30am-1:00p
Nelle Branch room, 2nd floor Shields Library map

Data Management for Researchers: Organizing, Describing, and Sharing your Data
This workshop, presented by Carly Strasser, will introduce researchers to basic data management principles and demonstrate tools you can use to organize and share data. Not sure whether you should be publishing your data, or how to get started? Come to this workshop!
Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Library Instruction Lab, 1st floor Shields Library map

Should You Publish in Open Access Journals?
This session will include a short introduction to OA publishing, followed by a facilitated audience discussion on the pros and cons of publishing in open access journals, led by Michael Rogawski M.D., Professor of Neurology. Bring your questions and come ready to participate!
Monday, October 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Education Building Room 1204, UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento Campus map

Questions or RSVPs? Contact Phoebe Ayers at psayers@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-9948 (main campus), or Raquel Abad at rjabad@ucdavis.edu or 916-734‑3870 (Sacramento).

“Walking Away From The American Chemical Society”

September 26th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

The word from SUNY Potsdam:

“SUNY Potsdam will not be subscribing to an American Chemical Society online journal package for 2013. We will instead be using a combination of the Royal Society of Chemistry content, ACS single title subscriptions, the ACS backfile, and ScienceDirect from Elsevier** to meet our chemical information needs. We’re doing this because the ACS pricing model is unsustainable for our institution and we were unable to find common ground with the sales team from the ACS. Instead, we explored other options and exercised them. You could do the same if you find yourself in a position similar to ours as ACS standardizes their pricing, and maybe together we can make enough choices to make our voices heard in meaningful ways.”

Follow the coverage at the Chronicle of Higher Ed.

British Library and Qatar to Digitize East India Company and India Office Archives

July 20th, 2012 by Adam Siegel

The British Library announced yesterday that in collaboration with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) that it will begin a three-year £8.7 million project to digitize more than 500,000 pages of documents from the East India Company and India Office, along with 25,000 pages of Arabic manuscripts from its collections. The project will also lead to the inauguration of the Qatar National Library in 2014.  The emphasis of both collections will be on the Gulf region.

Open Access Week

October 24th, 2011 by Adam Siegel

It’s Open Access Week. Why should scholars care about open access?

Here’s one reason why.

Announcement: Digital Public Library of America

December 16th, 2010 by Adam Siegel

Another initiative: “We hope to emerge with a concrete workplan and a governance structure that represents the consensus of the country’s libraries, universities, archives and museums for moving forward together with a shared vision,” says Doron Weber, Vice President at the Sloan Foundation.