textbook companies new options

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-09-as-textbook-companies-try-new-options-many-students-say-price-is-biggest-factor

Some publishers have recently started offering subscription options for textbooks. Take Perlego, a UK-based company which gives users access to a library of content, including digital textbooks. And starting in August 2018, textbook publisher Cengage will let students access all of the company’s digital higher education materials for $119.99 a semester.

Of the six students we talked to, only one had taken a class that used an Open Educational Resource, or OER in place of a commercial textbook.

Morris had never even heard of OERs, but after she was given a quick definition, she said she wishes she’d known about them and they seem like they could be beneficial for students if they can find what they need on them.

Abdala said she had never encountered OER in her courses, but she trusts that her professors would vett any materials carefully before assigning them. “Before I take a class I do research on the faculty,” she says. “And if it’s somebody that’s a good professor, I’m sure that they would not settle for something that is not good material.”

discussion on OER at NBU

On Friday, June 14, 10 AM local time, librarians from the New Bulgarian University, https://nbu.bg/en, http://old.bas.bg/bulgarian-academy-of-science
met to discuss the idea of OER and the setup of such services

Open Access publication opportunity

The Serials Librarian is currently seeking manuscripts on a rolling basis for the 2019 volume year.

The Serials Librarian is an international journal covering scholarly communications and all aspects of the serials and continuing resources management lifecycle. We publish case studies, reports, research papers, theoretical or speculative pieces, and a select number of columns.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  •      Scholarly communication issues (institutional repositories, copyright, publishing, citation studies, etc.)
  •      New models for library-publisher commerce beyond “the big deal”
  •      Procedural innovations in processing, organizing, assessing, and/or promoting e-resources
  •      Metadata and discovery of serials and e-resources
  •      Migration and implementation of systems such as ERM’s, discovery products, data visualization tools, etc., including ideas related to staffing workflows
  •      Open access, whether “green,” “gold,” “diamond,” “platinum,” or hybrid
  •      Peer review and the future of the journal gatekeeping function
  •      End-user ease of access and usability
  •      Collaborative projects related to collection development
  •      Accessibility and diversity in resource management
  •      Theoretical or speculative pieces addressing issues within the scope of the journal (e.g., does RDA adequately adjudicate concerns about serials title changes?)
  •      The evolution of recurring issues in the field (e.g., the history of copyright and legislation devised to prevent “piracy”)

Please note that we are also interested in finding interesting content for our existing set of columns and that proposals for an entirely new column are welcome. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the journal’s ScholarOne website: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WSER

Questions or other requests can be sent to the journal’s editors, Sharon Dyas-Correia and Courtney McAllister, at serialslibrarianjournal@gmail.com For more information about The Serials Librarian, including complete submission instructions, please visit the journal’s webpage: www.tandfonline.com/WSER

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Green OA vs. Gold OA. Which one to choose?

https://openscience.com/green-oa-vs-gold-oa-which-one-to-choose/