Academic Medicine publishes first eBook
AAMC’s peer-reviewed journal Academic Medicine has just published its very first eBook. This new resource was developed using articles featured in the February 2010 issue that reflected on the centenary anniversary of Flexner. The eBook can be downloaded for free in variety of formats including ones for iPads, Nooks, Sony eReaders, and Kindles. To access the eBook, visit the announcement section of the Academic Medicine Web site at http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/default.aspx.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of a seminal report in medical education: 27 articles about Abraham Flexner and his legacy
Download for the iPad, Nook, or Sony here.
Download for the Kindle here.
Please note that my Library and Information Science instructional activies take precedence over blogging until after December 15th or so, except when my friend and colleagues spot a timely gem. My former student Sondhaya (Sunny) Sritongsook has been supporting my blog with ideas and research. She formatted most of this post, which I really appreciate.
The Oregon Library Association (OLA) dedicated their latest Quarterly issue to the concept of Open Libraries. The Fall 2010 issue reads like a handbook for creating “openness” in surrounding libraries such as dealing with diverse patrons, communicating with fellow library staff using wikis, and choosing open source software and open source integrated library systems over commercial software. The topics in the quarterly pertains to librarians who may want to consider a unifying system that creates and share data rather than limit their means of collecting and distributing information, especially due to budget crunches. The more the cost of journal subscriptions, the cost of getting published, not to mention the time it takes to make a hard copy readily available to readers makes Open Access Models even more appealing to librarians. Open publication licenses allow these materials to be improved and used by peers. For example, librarians are urged to tap into the scientific community’s publications using open science resources such as Open Notebook. Just as OA has done to the scholarly works all the world over, open science has brought about that same sort of transparency, accessibility and collaboration among scientists. Also highlighted in the quarterly is President Obama’s Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government through the Freedom of Information Act as the backdrop of allowing government information to go public. And until October 15th, the public may comment on the newest proposal that evaluates the openness of federal agencies at OpenTheGovernment.org.
The articles in the quarterly include:
Open to the Public By: Jane Salisbury with contribution from Carolee Hirsch
A Wiki Way of Communication By: Carol McGeehon
Free as in Internet: Using Linux and Open Source Software on Public Workstations By: Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen & Sean Park
Coming Soon to a Library Near You: An Open Source ILS By: Beth Longwell
Tipping the Scales: How Free Culture Helps Restore Balance in the Age of Copyright Maximalism By: Rachel Bridgewater
Collective Voice for Collective Good: Library Consortia, Open Access, and the Future of Scholarly Communication By: Kim Marsh Read
Open Sesame: The Open Science and Open Data Movements and Their Implications for Librarians By: Hope Leman
The Promise of Open Government, for the Nation and for Oregon By: Patrice McDermott & Roberta Richards
Oregon’s LSTA State Grant Program: Excavating Best Practice Reaching Towards Transparency By: Ann Reed & Jane Scheppke
The freely, downloadable pdf of the issue can be accessed here http://www.olaweb.org as the authors abide by the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License agreement. Make great use of it!
THE (Times Higher Education) reports that the British Library aims to build a concrete case for open access in the academy with research findings from an exhibition, Growing Knowledge, that opened this week, which is expected to provide evidence that research quality will improve in a culture of greater openness. A researcher will kick off a year-long gathering information from an exhibit. Visitors will be able to take part in a study of how they use new technology and how research questions are evolving. Growing Knowledge opened on 12 October and will run until 16 July 2011.
I went to their web site and confirmed that the publisher used a gold open access model of an author fee for chapter or article submissions. The medical robotics textbook has 37 chapters, showing no particular organizational principle and containing an editorial introduction of only 273 words. The editor has no record of scholarly publishing in standard biomedical databases.
The question of open access publisher credibility begins with something really basic: enough transparency to see a person called a publisher or editor-in-chief. When the about page or the contact page does not suggest a specific human being behind the brand, a little bell starts to go off. Then you find some really unflattering chatter on FriendFeed, and you have a nomination for openbiomed predatory status. Then you look at the new office, which seems both too quiet and too posed, and you reach the threshold for the predatory open access seal of approval.
Stay away, and imagine this…for the medical robotics textbook, I imagine that the creators of this shell took approximately $22,200 US at $600 per submitted chapter, according to the really unflattering chatter on FriendFeed. If you believe their statistics, it was downloaded 1979 times , but the publishers probable income for one of hundreds of titles is…well…predatory.
eIFL.net partners with libraries and library consortia in over 45 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, extending a range of programmes and initiatives that increase access to knowledge. eIFL’s core initiatives include:
The Public Library Innovation Program (PLIP) caught and held my attention. PLIP uses technology as the driver of innovative services, ultimately improving professional library practice and community lives through the use of technology to provide critical access to information resources, as well as empower library services with communication technologies. This three-year, two-step grant program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will help public libraries in developing and transitioning countries become centers of community life.
The library takes on the new role of heath information provider
Organization: Kenya National Library System (KNLS)
KNLS Health Project Brief Description: eHealth is an emerging service sector which has great potential to improve health care delivery to rural and remote communities and to promote health education and research. High cost of healthcare coupled with high levels of poverty and inadequate healthcare infrastructure has led many people to seek information from libraries. However, the libraries have not been equipped to handle these requests. Kenya National Library System (KNLS) will address this urgent need in Kisumu and Eldoret by partnering with existing healthcare NGOs to train librarians, to set up ehealth services in the library, and to use mobile phones and other relevant technology to expand the outreach of library services.
I just added Digital.CSIC, the Institutional Repository of the Spanish National Research Council, to this blog’s link blogroll, as they just reached the admirable accomplishment of hosting 25,000 items September 16, 2010.
Open Access Developing countries Developing world Deposited On: 14 Sep 2010 19:07 by Swan, Alma
This is green open access at work, applified by twitter generation. No advertising budget, just an initial tweet and a #0a hash tag, plus the determined willingness of authors to share their conclusion as fast as the digital ink is dry. And after you digest this relatively short advocacy paper , you have immediate access to the article’s bibliography, including the links to original articles for the paper’s conclusion:
5. Kuchma, I. (2008) Open Access Institutional Repositories in Developing and Transition Countries: Results of eIFL.net Activities. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom. http://pubs.or08.ecs.soton.ac.uk
This bibliography presents over 1,100 selected English-language scholarly works useful in understanding the open access movement’s efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature. The bibliography primarily includes books and published journal articles. A limited number of book chapters, conference papers, dissertations and theses, magazine articles, technical reports, and other scholarly works that are deemed to be of exceptional interest are also included (see the “Preface” for further details about selection criteria). The bibliography includes links to freely available versions of included works. Most sources have been published from January 1, 1999 through August 1, 2010; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1999 are also included. The bibliography is available as a paperback and an open access PDF file.
The following Digital Scholarship publications may also be of interest:
(1) Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, version 78