Two interesting developments from the two most influential scholarly societies for chemical researchers, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and its British counterpart, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
The RSC announced yesterday that one of its newest publications, Chemical Science (launched in 2010), will move to what’s known as ‘gold’ open access – a fully open journal, free for readers without a subscription. With the publication of the first issue in 2015, all content published from that issue forward will be freely available. In addition, for two years, the RSC will waive all Article Processing Charges (APCs), so publishing in Chemical Science will be free for authors too.
Alert viewers will recall that, several months ago, the ACS announced several major open access initiatives (‘ACS Announces Moves to Expand Open Access,’ November 7, 2013) including the launch of a new, fully open ‘gold’ OA journal, to be called ACS Central Science.
Though ACS has not opted to waive APC charges, it has created a system of credits for authors publishing in ACS journals that can translate into OA publication in ACS Central Science or any other ACS journal (the corresponding RSC program is called “Gold for Gold” – a voucher system offering vouchers to RSC authors who (and here’s the kicker) are affiliated with institutions subscribing to the premium, aptly-named “Gold,” subscription package (also known as a ‘big deal’ – a bundle of journal subscriptions for a package price that (it turns out) is highly variable among institutions – ‘On the Cost of Journal Bundles,’ June 17, 2014).
Two models, both free of subscription barriers to readers, with somewhat different funding mechanisms and administrative back-ends, and clearly an unspoken (but unmistakeable) scramble to claim the title “first in chemistry open access publishing.” Not a bad place to be!
BTW Dartmouth authors should recall that COPE funding is available to pay author fees for publication in ANY gold (fully open access) journal.
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Looking Back …
KRESGE LIBRARY…THE FIRST FORTY YEARS
Next time you’re in Kresge, take a look at our latest exhibit chronicling our forty years in Fairchild. Highlights include the many physical changes throughout our history, and even evidence of our own little brush with nature in the form of a flood in our stacks. And at the tender age of forty, we believe we deserve cake, so look for an announcement in the fall and come join us!
Photo exhibit curated by Lisa Ladd, Kresge Physical Sciences Library, and Tracy Snow, Rauner Special Collections Library.
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Come by to see our latest exhibit, featuring inspirational and creative artwork by the children of Kresge staff!
If you have artwork or know of someone who would like to exhibit with us, please contact us at Kresge.Library@dartmouth.edu.
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Click photo for an enlarged version of the poster
Last week, I presented a poster at the annual Special Libraries Association conference. The theme of the conference was Beyond Borders so the poster was titled “Beyond Information Literacy: Supporting Science & Scholarly Communications.” Click here to get the PDF or email me if you’d like the source file (SVG).
Abstract: ACRL defines information literacy as the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information . While librarians have embraced their roles as educators, many have not gone beyond teaching these skills in courses, workshops, and individual consultations. In the sciences especially, information is easily available through well established digital infrastructures (e.g. repositories) and new publishing models (e.g. open access). Because science students learn how to analyze and use that information through coursework and departmental advising, librarians must find other ways to support them. The librarians at Dartmouth College have begun focusing on helping students develop communication skills and greater awareness of how scientists disseminate their work. This poster will highlight some innovative ways to support scholarly communications and to teach science students how to effectively communicate the knowledge they have acquired. Areas of focus include organizing references, learning and using LaTeX, designing and presenting a research poster, crafting a science elevator pitch, exploring publishing options, and measuring the impact of different work.
 Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Association of College & Research Libraries, 2000; http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/standards.pdf.
I analyzed the types of private consultations we received at Kresge and the types of outreach programs we hosted or participated in. The data shows that consultations about scientific communication have generally increased, both as a percentage of total consultations and in absolute number. An increased number of outreach programs in the previous semester appear to result in an increased number of consultations and interest in scholarly communication. In other words, there’s value in supporting science and scholarly communications and the library can and should support these needs.
There were a lot of follow-up questions and general interest in the LaTeX-related programs. I had presented specifically on teaching and supporting LaTeX at the Mathematics Roundtable session the day before. People seemed excited to try supporting it at their own institutions.
For further thoughts, read my other blog entry and come by Kresge to see the poster!
Addendum: see some of the other posters from the All-Science Poster Session here.
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Have you ever wondered how much universities are paying for the journal subscriptions you have access to? A new study on journal bundle pricing and non-disclosure agreements was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The news piece in Science gives an interesting perspective as well. Both worth reading!
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Chem Abstracts’ New Location …
Ever tried to browse the Kresge Undergraduate Thesis collection? At its previous location it was an exercise in agility as you tried not to disturb other patrons studying next to the shelves.
Never fear! The Thesis collection has now moved to the wall adjacent to the conference room at the beginning of the Kresge stacks. You can now browse the collection with ease.
Undergraduate and Masters’ Theses Now Easy to Reach!
“What are you going to put on the empty shelves where the theses used to be?” We are so glad you asked, because we have moved some of our major historical reference sets, including Chemical Abstracts, Landolt-Börnstein, Gmelin, and the TRC Spectral Data reference volumes to fill those empty shelves.
As always, if you are looking for something in our collection and can’t locate it, ask the friendly staff behind the circulation desk.
- Lisa Ladd,
Kresge Collections Specialist
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Wondering who’s the new face in Kresge? It’s Lora Leligdon, who began work in Kresge on Monday as Physical Sciences Librarian with liaison responsibility to the Physics and Astronomy department.
Lora joins us from the University of New Mexico Library in Albuquerque, where she was the Engineering Research Librarian since early 2012. Before moving to New Mexico, she worked as a Reference Librarian at Washington State University in Vancouver. She has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State, as well as an M.S.L.S from Emporia State University. Before going into librarianship, Lora worked for several years for engineering firms in Portland, Oregon and in Aurora, Illinois, near Chicago. Lora brings experience and insight into the characteristics and research needs of scientists and engineers, and has particular interests in information literacy in the workplace, communication and relationship building with faculty, and data management.
We’re very excited to have her join our staff. Please stop by and say hi to her on your way through Kresge!
P.S. I am now the official subject librarian and liaison to Mathematics and Computer Science. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
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