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Windsor Studies in Argumentation open access book is the unglueit book of the day!

Last fall the Leddy Library helped the philosophy department and CRRAR publish the first title in their open access monograph series, Windsor Studies in Argumentation (WSIA). That book, What do we Know about the World: Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives, is now featured as the unglueit creative commons book of the day! Have a look! Book two in the series, the Rise of Informal Logic, will be out soon.

The New Leddy Library Information Desk is now Open!

It's open and it's beautiful! After many months, the wait is over! On July 31st, the Leddy Library opened its brand new "one stop shop" for students, staff and faculty. The desk includes services from 3 areas (reference, circulation and IT assistance) conveniently located as you enter the building. Joey Zhou, an HK grad student, is the first to use our brand new circulation desk! Yay!! Please drop by and check out our new area!

 

Avoiding Hijacked Journals and Predatory Publishers

Predatory publishers who attempt to take financial advantage of academics seeking a home for their research have been a growing concern in the scholarly publishing world. In a recent post from from Scholarly Open Access: Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing, the issue predatory publishers and hijacked journals was raised. From the site:

Fall for a new book! Speed Reading event brings together book lovers this Saturday at Leddy Library

Event Info:

Speed Reading: Kind of like speed dating, but for book-lovin’ readers! An event hosted in collaboration with Broken City Lab and Leddy Library

Date: Saturday March 1st, 2014 Time: 1:00pm Location: Space behind Williams Cafe, Leddy Library, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.

Increased public access to US taxpayer funded research on the horizon

Half of taxpayer funded research will soon be available to the public

Similar to the National Institutes of Health open access policy that requires all the research they fund to be made publicly available within 12 months, other federal agencies in the US will soon require the research they fund to be made available open access.

Report on the impact of OA books released

A report from the Netherlands was released discussing the impact of Open Access (OA) Books. The study intended to investigate the impact of OA books on conventional academic book sales.

"Between June 2011 and November 2012, fifty Open Access monographs in various subject areas were published in Open Access by nine participating publishers. For every Open Access title, the publishers provided a similar title that was published in the conventional way. Data were collected about usage, sales and costs, to study the effect of Open Access on monographs."

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