FINDING THE GOOD ONES: STRATEGIES FOR
EVALUATING OPEN ACCESS RESOURCES
Rhonda Glazier
Director of Collections Management
U...
Can’t Bury Your Head in the Sand!!!
• Open Access Journals increasing
• Scholars and researchers are publishing in OA jour...
Open Access Concerns
• Finding new titles
• Tracking title changes, frequency changes, etc…
• Evaluating the stability of ...
Open Access Resources
• Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
o http://sparc.arl.org/issues/open-a...
Open Access Selection Criteria
• Criteria should be similar to what is used for paid journals
“Just because it is free, do...
Campus Commitment
Institutional involvement can at times dictate the library’s
resources and involvement
• Campus Institut...
Selection Grid
Create a grid of important elements to help you determine whether a journal is needed:
ER&L 2014 Conference...
Decision Grid
Journal published
at least 1 year
Title subject area
relevant to
curriculum
Embargo less than
6 months
Artic...
Catalog vs. Link Resolver
• Catalog:
– “One stop shopping” for your patrons
– Real time updates
– Controlled vocabulary an...
Catalog vs. Link Resolver
• Link Resolver:
– Access is through your A-Z list or some other list on your website
– Journal ...
Access Grid
Title Level of Open
Access
Stability Embargo Scope/
relevance
Indexed
Name of
journal
Gold OA?
Green OA?
Hybri...
Level of Access
ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
How are other e-journals
handled?
 Treat the same way
Is the journa...
The Real Question
• What commitment are you willing to make as a library
to Open Access journals?
ER&L 2014 Conference – M...
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  1. 1. FINDING THE GOOD ONES: STRATEGIES FOR EVALUATING OPEN ACCESS RESOURCES Rhonda Glazier Director of Collections Management University of Colorado, Colorado Springs ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014 Evaluation, Access, & Representation in the Library’s Collection
  2. 2. Can’t Bury Your Head in the Sand!!! • Open Access Journals increasing • Scholars and researchers are publishing in OA journals • Definitions of what constitutes an OA journal is becoming standardized • Quality of resource no longer dependent on “how” it is published ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
  3. 3. Open Access Concerns • Finding new titles • Tracking title changes, frequency changes, etc… • Evaluating the stability of a title’s open access • Assessing the degree of open access • Determining quality of a journal • Identifying resources that will help you find and evaluate open access journals ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
  4. 4. Open Access Resources • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) o http://sparc.arl.org/issues/open-access • DOAJ o http://www.doaj.org/ • Scholarly Open Access o http://scholarlyoa.com/ • Simmons Open Access Directory o http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page • Open Access Workflows in Academic Libraries (OAWAL) o https://library3.hud.ac.uk/blogs/oawal/ ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
  5. 5. Open Access Selection Criteria • Criteria should be similar to what is used for paid journals “Just because it is free, doesn’t mean you want or need it.” ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014 Publisher Relevance of Subject Platform Usability Potential Use by Students and Faculty Timeliness – How often does the journal publish? Where is it indexed?
  6. 6. Campus Commitment Institutional involvement can at times dictate the library’s resources and involvement • Campus Institutional Repository • Open Access fees paid by institution • Faculty actively involved in open access journals ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
  7. 7. Selection Grid Create a grid of important elements to help you determine whether a journal is needed: ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014 Title • Name of journal Level of Open Access • Gold OA? • Green OA? • Hybrid? Stability • Journal dates (how long has the journal been around?) • Open Access coverage • Publication history Embargo • Any embargo? • Full open access or partial open access? Scope/ Relevance • Subject or topic of journal as it relates to your collection Accessibility • Where indexed • Citation analysis • Platform usability
  8. 8. Decision Grid Journal published at least 1 year Title subject area relevant to curriculum Embargo less than 6 months Articles accessible – indexed at article level Provide Access ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
  9. 9. Catalog vs. Link Resolver • Catalog: – “One stop shopping” for your patrons – Real time updates – Controlled vocabulary and access – can make it consistent with other resources offered – Implies some type of “approval” or selection. • You are actively adding it to the catalog – Requires staff time to maintain • No easy way to find or track title changes • Staff have to verify access – keep links current • Have to develop workflow that allows for the checking of titles and date/issue availability ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
  10. 10. Catalog vs. Link Resolver • Link Resolver: – Access is through your A-Z list or some other list on your website – Journal titles will not be available in a catalog search – Title and frequency changes are handled by the vendor • Still need to “turn on” a title or package in the software – Can create access to a package of titles vs. specific titles • May have less control over what titles are available – Packages may change without notice – Changes take effect overnight, do not have real-time updates – Will still have access problems and will have to troubleshoot access issues – Biggest advantage is that it takes less staff time to manage ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
  11. 11. Access Grid Title Level of Open Access Stability Embargo Scope/ relevance Indexed Name of journal Gold OA? Green OA? Hybrid? Journal meets at least minimum standard for length of time published Stability of OA access has been established Embargo is limited – or at least acceptable Journal covers topics central to the curriculum Research has been vetted Article level access is available Create a grid of important elements to help you determine how you want to provide access: ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014
  12. 12. Level of Access ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014 How are other e-journals handled?  Treat the same way Is the journal central to your library?  Create access in multiple places (catalog and link resolver) Faculty on campus are actively involved in publishing the journal  Create access in the catalog Has limited embargo Articles are accessible  Create access similar to how all other e-journals are handled
  13. 13. The Real Question • What commitment are you willing to make as a library to Open Access journals? ER&L 2014 Conference – March 17, 2014

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