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It's Puzzlement!!* Academic Distribution of PubMed Citations: Implications for Institutional Repositories Electronic Journal Publishing at the Boston College Libraries *ProQuest's Digital Commons * Building Communities in Humanities Scholarly Publishing

Devin Feldman, Coordinator, Technical Services and Sheila Beck, Periodicals Librarian, Queensborough Community College

'To solve by ingenuity, as a puzzle' (verb - Webster's Dictionary).

Puzzle - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution (noun - WordNet Dictionary)

As libraries cope with decreased budgets, increased cost of materials and demands for resources, librarians must become puzzle solvers. We must use ingenuity to balance financial limitations, patron needs and costs.

Queensborough Community College is located in the heart of a multicultural population. We serve more than 12,000 students. The Library's mission 'is to meet the information' needs of students, faculty, and staff with print and electronic resources supporting all the curricula of the College.'

This is a tall order. At Queensborough, we began a comprehensive subscription weeding project in 2002. After an assessment of user statistics, we canceled those periodicals with no usage in either print or microfilm, taking into account online availability. We repeated the procedure in 2003 with more drastic cuts in paper and microform.

Our poster session will provide a graphic demonstration of what tools we, in the QCC library, use to solve our serials 'puzzle'.

Academic Distribution of PubMed Citations: Implications for Institutional Repositories
Edwin Sperr, Education / Electronic Resources Librarian, New England College of Optometry

Institutional repositories mark one potential path to making open access a reality. The hope of many advocates is that if enough institutions construct these repositories a "tipping point" will be reached, as a substantial portion of the current research literature becomes publicly available.

If authors are concentrated in a small number of institutions, then few repositories will be needed to capture their research. However, if researchers are scattered among a large number of institutions, a correspondingly large number of repositories would be needed to be effective.

A survey of the last five years of the PubMed database was undertaken in an attempt to gauge the institutional distribution of authors in the biomedical sciences. Affiliation fields were extracted from the records and location information was analyzed. In MEDLINE records, approximately 47% of first authors who work in the United States are affiliated with schools that belong to the Association of Research Libraries. Therefore it is likely that the establishment of a relatively small number of institutional repositories (fewer than 130) could have a significant impact on the current system of scholarly publishing.
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Electronic Journal Publishing at the Boston College Libraries
Michelle Baildon, Scholarly Communication Reference Librarian, Boston College

The Boston College Libraries has undertaken a program of open-access publishing, sponsoring the publication of peer-reviewed, freely available electronic journals in collaboration with university faculty. This presentation will detail the Libraries' experiences implementing its electronic publishing program, including the recruitment of faculty journal editors, preparing the journals for production, and use of the EdiKit® software created by the Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) for online publication. The presentation will contrast different models of initiating a new open-access journal project, including bringing an extant print publication online; collaborating with a scholarly society to create an online journal that complements an existing print journal; and creating a new open-access journal from scratch.

ProQuest's Digital Commons
Jeffrey Riedel, ProQuest

Institutional repositories preserve the intellectual output of a university and provide a means for author self-archiving, two valuable developing facets of scholarly communication. ProQuest's Digital Commons is an institutional repository service provided on an Application Service Provider model. The service provides institutions with the ability to publish collections with varying degrees of structure ' from a working paper series to a peer-reviewed journal ' and focuses on utilizing technology to automate the scholarly communication process. ProQuest's involvement allows for the immediate integration of an academic institution's electronic theses and dissertations into the repository.

The proposed poster session will outline the Digital Commons service, compare the merits of an ASP model to local implementation, and outline ' using a case study ' the utilization of the service to publish journals.
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Building Communities in Humanities Scholarly Publishing
Mary Mallery, Montclair State Uinversity, and Marta Deyrup, Seton Hall University

Are there scholarly communication initiatives for building communities in humanities scholarly publishing, such as the ARL SPARC initiative for the sciences?

last updated 12/06/2004