Libraries

This section features case studies of established and evolving partnerships. Partnerships are invited to submit descriptions of their own initiatives that highlight specific aspects of partnering (for example, financial arrangements, management and governance structures, etc.).

Over the past few months, there has been a growing number of scholars on our campuses who have signed onto or expressed support for the actions called for in the boycott statement on the "Cost of Knowledge" website. SPARC has prepared a “suggested next steps” resource.

This report presents the finding of a project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) provided support for a feasibility study, to outline one possible approach to measuring the impacts of the proposed US Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) on returns to public investment in R&D.

The SPARC Open-Access Funds resource page contains a wealth of background information, practical resources, policy guidelines, and hard data documenting Open-access Fund results to date. It contains information useful to authors, administrators, librarians, and publishers.

Campus-based publishing partnerships offer the academy greater control over the intellectual products that it helps create. To fully realize this potential, such partnerships will need to evolve from informal working alliances to long-term, programmatic collaborations.

What's happening in scholarly communication and why do libraries care?

Digital repositories are typically administered by libraries, which make use of the existing library infrastructure and technology to host the repository and provide support for the academic community.

Institutions and organizations across the world are leading initiatives to inform authors in all disciplines about their rights and how to retain them. A sample is presented here. To recommend additions to this list, email sparc [at] arl [dot] org.

The SPARC Consulting Group (SCG) provides business, financial, and strategic consulting services to universities and university presses, learned societies, and other academic and nonprofit organizations.

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