The cost of textbooks has skyrocketed in recent years, which has led some faculty to explore options in the textbook market. Open textbooks for high enrollment introductory courses are gaining momentum among instructors and students.
Open access journals make research results freely available to all, without subscription costs. But not all open access journals are the same. Librarians recommend a quick way to find open access journals that meet recognized publishing standards.
A collaborative project involving information science researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Syracuse University and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has produced an online database of research into value and return-on-investment in academic libraries.
Barbara Dewey, professor and dean of the University of Tennessee Libraries, has been named dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications at The Pennsylvania State University. The appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2010, pending approval of Penn State’s board of trustees.