[Eril-l] Freely accessible/OA resources policies

Lawless, Jane jlawless at post03.curry.edu
Wed Aug 2 05:59:25 PDT 2017


Our electronic resource evaluation, for better or for worse, is very tied to our renewal cycle. Resources that are not renewed, with associated cost, don't go through a process of assessing: is this resource used, is it still relevant, has it changed in a way that no longer meets our needs, etc. OA resources are added and don't have a system of evaluation. That may not be a problem - depends on whether your goal for your electronic collection. But it does seem to be an area where policy clarification could help.


Jane Lawless, MLS, BA
Associate Professor
Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian
Levin Library
Curry College
1071 Blue Hill Avenue
Milton MA 02186
jlawless at curry.edu<mailto:jlawless at curry.edu>
(617) 333 - 2245

From: Eril-l [mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org] On Behalf Of Eric Elmore
Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 2:10 PM
To: eril-l at lists.eril-l.org
Subject: Re: [Eril-l] Freely accessible/OA resources policies

I apologize for this sounding dim, but how are OA resources not the same as any other resource, except that you don't have to order and pay for them like a traditional resource?  I mean they follow all the normal rules of deciding on the "appropriateness of the content to your collection", and then go straight to the "making them available" part by adding marc records to your opac and/or activation in your erm system.

When we first started talking about adding oa resources to our profile, we just amended our "collections policy" to include them and moved on.  Do you really need an entirely separate policy?

Eric Elmore                                                             |
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The University of Texas at San Antonio            |
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From: Eril-l [mailto:eril-l-bounces at lists.eril-l.org] On Behalf Of Bethany Greene
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2017 12:42 PM
To: eril-l at lists.eril-l.org<mailto:eril-l at lists.eril-l.org>
Subject: [Eril-l] Freely accessible/OA resources policies

Hello all,

If applicable, would anyone mind sharing their policy for acquiring, managing, and making accessible freely accessible/open access resources? Or could you point me in the direction of resources that may come in handy for developing this type of policy? I've not had much luck finding these resources through the course of my own research. Please feel free to reply on or off list.


Bethany Greene
Electronic Resources Management Librarian
Duke University Libraries
Durham, NC
(919) 660-3178
bethany.d.greene at duke.edu<mailto:bethany.d.greene at duke.edu>

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