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Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 291 2017
Open Access Week Programming
In the past, various library groups have hosted a speaker on the topic
of open access, and the SCWG has also hosted speakers when an
opportunity arises. To date, there has been little to no organized activity
on the Cornell campus during Open Access Week, a global celebration
during the last full week of October each year, and there is significant
interest among library staff in presenting one or more programs. The
team is currently working in partnership with other library groups
to bring an outside speaker to campus for one or more days this fall.
Supporting the Collecting Efforts of Unit Libraries
Initially conceived as an outreach campaign to promote the
use of CUL’s institutional repositories, the SCWG adjusted the
purpose of this project to explore the current archiving practices
and repository workflows for staff across campus. This change in
scope occurred for two reasons. First, some colleges are served
by dedicated repositories that have dedicated staff to collect and
deposit publications on behalf of their faculty, and the managers of
these repositories saw no particular need for an outreach campaign.
Second, the working group realized that some library staff (including
liaison librarians) actively collect the digital outputs of the colleges,
departments, and centers they serve, or other materials of interest
to their communities, and already deposit them to CUL’s general
purpose institutional repository, eCommons.12 Because that work
proceeds on a fairly ad hoc basis, this group aims to understand what
works well (and could work better) for the staff and units that are
doing this. For those that do not deposit outputs to eCommons, the
team hopes to understand why that is and whether anything can or
should be done to facilitate greater use of eCommons. The group
will also document and share best practices for individuals and units
doing this work, so that deposits to eCommons can be increased
without creating an unsustainable workload for eCommons staff.
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