SPARC enews/December 2008

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SPARC enews archives are online here

Published monthly


1. SPARC News 

Materials, podcasts, and online discussion from the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting will be online this week.


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Here are three things SPARC member libraries focused on in 2008:
  • Ensuring public access to publicly funded research
  • Raising libraries' profile in campus policy
  • Expanding the coalition for Open Access to research
  • Read how...

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2. Partner News

Please see the SPARC Web site for a complete list of news from SPARC partners.

  • Digital Repository Federation (Japan) and DRIVER sign Memorandum of Agreement
  • BioMed Central Launches the Italian Journal of Pediatrics
  • Bioline's new funding model
  • New issue of the eIFL newsletter



Vote now to make Public Access to research a priority for the Obama administration



3. Industry Roundup


Please see the Open Access News Blog for more on these and other industry developments from the past month.



4. SPARC Resources for Authors

More SPARC Resources for Authors.



5. SPARC Resources for Publishers

  • Coming soon: SPARC'S University-based Publishing Partnerships: A Guide to Critical Issues

 More SPARC Resources for Publishers.  



6. SPARC Resources for Students


Read the transcript of Lawrence Lessig's keynote at the Students for Free Culture Conference (Berkeley, October 11-12, 2008).


Read more on the SPARC-sponsored, Baker-authored Open Students Blog.



7. Upcoming events

The SPARC-ACRL Forum on Open Educational Resources will be held from 4:00 - 5:30 PM on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Centennial D. The ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion Group will also host an open conversation about issues that surface at the Forum from 4:00 - 5:30 PM on Sunday, January 25 in room 403 of the Colorado Convention Center.

These and other important events can be found on the SPARC Activities Calendar.




8.  Articles of Interest



You can help open access to research.


SPARC membership is open to North American and international academic and research institutions that share an interest in creating a more open and diverse marketplace for scholarly communication. Visit the SPARC Web site to learn how.