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Archive: 23/10/2015

Open Access Week 2015 Announcements

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Open Education Initiative Grants
Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian Position
Supporting Open Access Research Fund
Libraries Host Open Access Publications
Finding Fair Use Articles and Other Materials
Massachusetts Government Documents Collection Digitized

Since 2006, the UMass Amherst Libraries have been selecting materials to be digitized and uploaded to the Internet Archive. One unique collection that the UMass Amherst Libraries has been digitizing for the past 6 years is the Massachusetts Government Documents Collection.

This 8,000 piece collection contains publications from Massachusetts State Agencies that range in variety and scope from the Journal of the House of Representatives in 1784-1785 to the Seventh Annual 100 Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts, published in 2010.

All Massachusetts Government Documents in the Libraries’ collection have now been digitized: https://archive.org/details/umass_amherst_libraries. The documents are freely available on the Internet Archive’s website.  In making these materials available digitally to all, the UMass Amherst Libraries continues to support the Land Grant mission on which this public institution was founded on the successful completion of this project.

Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian Position

The Libraries are now accepting applications for the new Open Access and Institutional Repository Librarian. The ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst institutional repository is one of the oldest and largest IRs in the Digital Commons BePress system, with nearly 6 million downloads. It is an integral part of open access efforts on campus. For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.library.umass.edu/about-the-libraries/jobs/.

Supporting Open Access Research Fund

The Libraries are accepting applications for the Supporting Open Access Research (SOAR) Fund, a pilot program of $25,000 to support researchers who are publishing in open access peer-reviewed venues. For more information, visit http://www.library.umass.edu/soar-fund/.

Libraries Host Open Access Publications

The Libraries host open access publications such as the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter, Communication +1, Journal of Medicinally Active Plants, Landscapes of Violence,mOthertongue, Portuguese Cultural Studies, and Edge: A Graduate Journal for German and Scandinavian Studies. These journals represent a broad range of subject fields and have an international impact. To view them, visit http://scholarworks.umass.edu/. For more information on how to start a new open access journal, contact scholarworks@library.umass.edu.

Open Education Initiative Grants

The Libraries and the Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD) will be offering another series of grants to faculty as part of their Open Education Initiative (OEI). Visit the OEI website to find out more and apply. The UMass Amherst Open Education Initiative has saved students over $1.3 million and is a model for similar programs across the country.

Finding Fair Use Articles and Other Materials

Can’t find what you want openly available? The Libraries are here to support fair use of articles chapters and other materials. Connect with our Digital Course Reserves services through the Amazon Textbook Adoption tool (Click the “Add Coursepack” button, then the Learn More link), through the Moodle UMass Libraries Course Materials block http://blogs.umass.edu/instruct/2015/10/07/iml-move-and-moodle-update-september-2015-2/ or via email at erserves@library.umass.edu.

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