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Open Access Button: Maps denied access to research

November 21st, 2013 by Amy Studer

Open Access Button Logo

The just-launched Open Access Button is a browser-based tool that lets users track when they are denied access to research, then search for alternative access to the article.  The Open Access Button initiative hopes to create a worldwide map showing the impact of denied access to research.

To get the Open Access Button:

Whenever a user encounters a paywall, he/she clicks the button in the bookmark bar, fills out an optional dialogue box, and the experience is added to a map. Then, the user receives a link to search for free access to the article using resources such as Google Scholar.



Ann Okerson on the state of Open Access

November 20th, 2013 by Mary Wood





Where are we, what still needs to be done?

Ann Okerson is the most recent contributor to Richard Poynder‘s The State of Open Access interview blog.

Okerson is Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies for the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and a former Associate University Librarian at Yale University. She organised the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium (NERL), and with funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Okerson and colleagues at Yale library started LIBLICENSE, including the mailing list liblicense-l.

Copyright and Fair Use 101 webinar

November 5th, 2013 by Mary Wood

November 13, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST
Register here

Co-sponsored by ASERL Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Boston Library Consortium, GWLA Greater Western Library Alliance, Triangle Research Libraries Network, and WRLC Washington Research Library Consortium.

Anne Gilliland (UNC Chapel Hill) and Christine Fruin (University of Florida) will discuss the legal and historical background for copyright principles, the exceptions to copyright found in the principles of fair use, and an overview of recent legal decisions that inform current day policies and processes for research libraries.

Additional webinars focusing on various facets of copyright, fair use, open access, and their impacts on library services will be scheduled for the remainder of the 2013-14 academic year   logocopyrightposter

Previous ASERL Webinars
ASERL offers many webinars on an array of topics for librarians and staff at member institutions.
See the archive for PPTs and session recordings from past webinars.



BioMed Central and Altmetrics

November 4th, 2013 by Mary Wood


BioMed Central has added Altmetric scores to the articles tab on the institutional Membership page.

Altmetric tracks how many times the article is mentioned in social media sites, blogs and news sources to measure community interest in the publication. The Altmetric score increases as more people mention an article.  Altmetrics illustrate how the research is reviewed and disseminated across the web.