RoyalMailLogo“Ok,” you say. “What does a U.K. postal strike have to do with e-resources, and how does it effect me?”

Glad you asked. It seems some UK publications are making some content more easily accessible on the web. Read some of theBookseller’s supplements (usually hidden behind passwords), the Nursing Times .pdf of the entire 20 October 2009 issue and a complete copy of the latest Times Educational Supplement. But, as the publisher’s themselves say, it’s for a limited time only.  Google your favourite U.K. publication. You never know.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) became a founding member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).  COAR is an international association of organizations and individuals that have a common strategic interest in open access to scholarly communication. COAR was formed out of a need to work together at the international level to promote greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of open access digital repositories.

Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has played a leadership role in the development of open access repositories in Canada. Through the CARL Institutional Repositories Program, the Association has assisted its members in setting up repositories on their campuses; and worked with other research organizations in Canada and internationally in support of open access. Participation in COAR is a natural extension of these activities. “We are delighted to announce our membership in COAR,” said Tom Hickerson, chair of the CARL Institutional Repositories Working Group and Vice-President/President-Elect of CARL. “COAR membership offers CARL and Canadian research libraries the opportunity to have a greater influence on the direction and expansion of open access world-wide”.

COAR evolved out of a European project called the Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (DRIVER) in consultation with the international repository community. The Confederation aims to support the expansion of open access through developing international, interoperable standards; advocating for open access policies with research funders and institutions; and working to improve deposit rates at repositories. Other founding members of COAR are from Europe, Asia, and the United States. “The collections contained in open access repositories gain tremendous value when they are part of a larger, interconnected network,” said Norbert Lossau, Scientific Coordinator of the DRIVER Project. “CARL’s membership creates an important strategic link between Canada and the international community.“

COAR was officially launched in Ghent, Belgium during Open Access Week.

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