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JSTOR Presentation

Published on Mar 07, 2016

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Why you won't have access to JSTOR...

Information costs Money

Quite simply, you won't have access because information costs money. What subscription based info can include.
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A Lot Of Money

And it costs a lot of money!

Journal of Econometrics

Journal of Geological Review

Brain Research

Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20050828210650/libraries.mit.edu/about/scholarly...
Heather Joseph, Open Expansion: Connecting the Open Access, Open Data and OER Dots

The System

Why is it like this? Essentially, it's because of a broken system. Vendors able to take the output of free labor like scholarly articles (even the peer review) and exploit libraries because of a monopoly-like system. Libraries' goal is curate and collect what our constituents use and read. Walk through NSF example.

Guerilla OA Manifesto

  • The world's entire scientific AND cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.
  • Those with access...you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out.
Access, then, is about privilege. Mention Aaron.
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This Cost Has Been Invisible

At Davidson, we've spent the last four years telling you to find the best source (not necessarily the first one you access). We've trained you to use these closed resources. We've made the cost of these resources invisible. The goal of today is make that more transparent.
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What we have now: our collections, available through Davidson, Google Scholar.


ILL service and it's importance to your work
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What does this mean for when you graduate?

Example of student not able to continue peer reviewed article research
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The WorkForce

A majority of you will be entering the workforce-- access won't continue through another institution.

Remember, access skews toward the privileged. So if you work with marginalized group or for an underfunded organization, you might have less access.

Source: http://www.davidson.edu/offices/career-development/annual-reports-and-outco...
Davidson College Center for Career Development


ILL button will be gone.

Continuing Projects

  • Thesis
  • Articles + Chapters
  • Research with Faculty
Think for a moment about the most intensive Davidson research project you've done.

How many "closed" resources we're used.

Now think about where that project is and how much agency you had in deciding if it would be closed or open. Is it sitting in your files somewhere, not available to anyone else?
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...And What You Can Do About It

We know that this is a lot! But we promised we'd tell you what you can actually do about.

As A Creator of Information

First as a creator-- you are a creator! You have created information these past four years. You can change the system.

What's Your Goal?
Be Intentional.

The point of this exercise is to be intentional. Difference between throwing something up on the open web and being intentional about how you want others to use or not use it.

Openness can increase your impact, readership, citation counts. Might also make the difference in displaying things on your ePortfolio, etc.
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  • What kind of "output" do you Plan to Share With the World In the Future? Examples: blog posts, an invention, photography, scholarship.
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Get Into groups!

  • Academic
  • Work/ Corporate
  • Leisure
Use output to break into groups

Group Activity

  • What Fears or hesitation do you still have about making your work open?
Collaborative work
Legal action
Institutional affiliation


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  • Thinking about your Group (Academic/ Work/ Leisure), what resource might be most important to FINDing your kind of information?
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What questions do you still have?


Sarah Crissinger - Cara Evanson
Librarians are always here for alumni!

Pass out reflection:

How will information access affect you?

What are you still confused about?