UC and Nature Publishing Group update, post August 17 meeting

FYI. A new, public, message from Laine Farley at UCOP


Representatives from the University of California and Nature Publishing Group met on August 17, 2010 to discuss our organizations’ current licensing challenges and the larger issues of scholarly communication sustainability. The discussion was positive, with a full exchange of views and mutual recognition of the value that each of us contributes to the scholarly communication enterprise. Our two organizations have agreed to work together in the coming months to address our mutual short- and long-term challenges, including an exploration of potential new approaches and evolving publishing models.  We look forward to a successful planning and experimentation process that results in mutual agreement that serves all stakeholder groups—NPG, the UC libraries, and the scholar community, thus avoiding the need for the boycott that had been discussed at an earlier stage.

We are aware that many in the library, publishing, and academic communities are interested in the outcome of these discussions, and we will provide further updates on our progress as appropriate.

Libraries to be open Saturdays this fall

We are happy to announce that eleven subject specialty libraries will be open on Saturday afternoons for Fall and Spring 2010-11, as they were last spring.  These are in addition to the Moffitt Library and Gardner (Main) stacks, with 1000 study spaces.  The Doe Library will continue to be closed on Saturdays.

Beginning on Saturday, September 11:
Anthropology                 1-5pm
Bioscience                     1-5pm
Business                          noon-5pm
Chemistry                      1-5pm
East Asian                           noon-5pm
Education/Psychology        1-5pm
Environmental Design         1-5pm
Engineering                      1-5pm
Music                             1-5pm
Public Health                   1-5pm
Social Welfare                  1-5pm

For more information, see our Library Hours page.