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March 16, 2021

University of California. UC secures landmark open access deal with world’s largest scientific publisher. The University of California announced a pioneering open access agreement with the world's largest scientific publisher, Elsevier, making significantly more of the University's research available to people worldwide — immediately and at no cost. The deal will put more UC research into the hands of individuals across the globe at a time when international collaboration to fight COVID-19 has illuminated the value of open access to scientific findings. [Full Announcement].

University of California. University of California strikes landmark open access deal with Elsevier. The University of California has struck a deal with Elsevier, the largest academic publisher in the world — a landmark victory for the university and for open access publishing. The transformative agreement(link is external) comes after a much-publicized split between UC and the publishing giant, and more than two years of negotiations. The deal is the culmination of UC faculty members, librarians, and leaders coming together and standing strong in our efforts to make UC research freely available to everyone, and to transform scholarly publishing for the better. The four-year agreement restores UC's direct online access to Elsevier journals and doubles the number of articles covered by UC's open access agreements. [Full Announcement].

June 16, 2020

University of California. UC reaches groundbreaking open access deal with leading global publisher. The University of California announced a transformative open access publishing agreement that will make more of the University's research freely and immediately available to individuals and researchers across the globe. The deal furthers the global push for open access to scientific research by bringing together UC, which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output, and Springer Nature, the world's second-largest academic publisher. The agreement, which is the largest open access agreement in North America to date, and the first for Springer Nature in the U.S., signals increasing global momentum and support for the open access movement. As leaders in accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, UC and Springer Nature aim to get research into the hands of scholars and the public to help solve the world's most pressing problems, including those in the critically important fields of medicine and health care. [Full Announcement].

January 6, 2020

University of California. UC selects Ex Libris for Systemwide ILS. The University of California (UC) Libraries have selected the Ex Libris Alma and Primo services to deploy the Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS). The Council of University Librarians (CoUL) made this decision following the SILS Request for Proposal and careful consideration of the libraries’ goals and requirements for a shared solution. We have reached this important project milestone thanks to the hard work and expertise of many; phase 3 involved over sixty project cohort members and extensive, systemwide consultation and review. [Full Announcement].

February 28, 2019

University of California. UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research. As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s key goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals. [Full Announcement].

November 16, 2016

University of California. UCI Libraries completes NEH-funded Project. The UCI Libraries have released an innovative online discovery tool for its Artists’ Books Collection which allows searchers to visualize connections between works in ways not possible with a traditional library catalog. The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) funded project, “Piloting Linked Open Data for Artists’ Books,” allowed the Libraries’ to create procedures for enhancing description and access to 41 digitized items from the collection housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. The graphical interface shows connections between materials used, techniques applied, and publication locations while providing multiple digital views of each piece of unique sculptural art. [Full Announcement].

October 21, 2013

University of California. University of California Libraries receive grant to support Phase 2 of the Western Regional Storage Trust. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of California Libraries a three-year grant to continue development of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a distributed shared print repository program for retrospective journal archives. More than one hundred libraries participate in the Trust, including libraries from the University of California system, Stanford University, Arizona State University, the University of Washington, and other members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC). Under the second phase of the WEST program, participating libraries will continue to consolidate print journal backfiles at major library storage facilities and at selected campus locations. [Full Announcement].

August 1, 2013

University of California. University of California Faculty Senate passes Open Access Policy. The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge. “The Academic Council’s adoption of this policy on July 24, 2013, came after a six-year process culminating in two years of formal review and revision,” said Robert Powell, chair of the Academic Council. “Council’s intent is to make these articles widely—and freely— available in order to advance research everywhere.” Articles will be available to the public without charge via eScholarship (UC’s open access repository) in tandem with their publication in scholarly journals. Open access benefits researchers, educational institutions, businesses, research funders and the public by accelerating the pace of research, discovery and innovation and contributing to the mission of advancing knowledge and encouraging new ideas and services [Full Announcement].

August 30, 2012

University of California. Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) announces print archiving milestone. The Western Regional Storage Trust, a partnership to create a distributed retrospective print journal repository in the western United States, has completed its first round of print journal archiving under a three-year program jointly funded by WEST members and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. [Full Announcement].

July 21, 2011

SkyRiver University of California Davis Mabie Law Library Moves to SkyRiver. The University of California Davis Mabie Law Library has switched to SkyRiver for its cataloging services. [Full Announcement].

February 26, 2010

University of California. Blue Ribbon Task Force Report: Preserving Our Digital Knowledge Base Must be a Public Priority. Addressing one of the most urgent societal challenges of the Information Age - ensuring that valued digital information will be accessible not just today, but in the future - requires solutions that are at least as much economic and social as technical, according to a new report by a Blue Ribbon Task Force. [Full Announcement].

22, 2007

University of California. University of California Libraries collaborate with OCLC on next generation Melvyl Catalog. The University of California Libraries are working in collaboration with OCLC Online Computer Library Center to pilot a Next Generation Melvyl Catalog supported by OCLC’s WorldCat Local system. Working with OCLC gives UC the opportunity to provide users a single search and request service that begins with materials held in the University of California Libraries and expands to collections in libraries around the world in the WorldCat system, as well as a selection of article citations—all through one online catalog. Other features will initially include a single search box, relevancy ranking of search results, result sets that bring multiple versions of a work together, faceted browsing, citation formatting options and cover art. [Full Announcement].