Interview: UNC at Chapel Hill University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks on Academic Publishing, Open Access, and Elsevier

From The Well (UNC Publication) : There’s really no other industry where the creator and the consumer are one and the same, but the final product is apart from the creator and the consumer,” said University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks. “That cycle has made publishers quite wealthy.” In an era of rising costs and declining revenues, the traditional model of academic publishing is unsustainable for universities, Westbrooks said.

Source: Interview: UNC at Chapel Hill University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks on Academic Publishing, Open Access, and Elsevier

United States Army Defends Decision to Close its Historic 57-Year-Old Space and Technical Library at Redstone Arsenal.

From the Associated Press: The U.S. Army is defending a decision to close its historic 57-year-old space and technical library at Redstone Arsenal. Army officials said it was a joint decision made by interested parties. [Clip] In a statement released this week, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center, or AvMC, said the collection had become too big and expensive to maintain. “The sheer size of the collection – approximately 450,000 items – demanded an increase in space requirements,” the statement said.

Source: United States Army Defends Decision to Close its Historic 57-Year-Old Space and Technical Library at Redstone Arsenal.

DeVos imposes tougher debt relief standards for student borrowers alleging fraud

In her first significant act as Education Secretary more than two years ago, Betsy DeVos said she planned to overhaul an Obama administration student loan rule designed to protect borrowers defrauded by their college. Despite her efforts, the Obama borrower-defense regulations took effect last year.

Source: DeVos imposes tougher debt relief standards for student borrowers alleging fraud

Report From SPARC Europe: An Analysis of Open Science Policies in Europe (Version 4)

From SPARC Europe (via Zenodo) This document presents an updated review of Open Data and Open Science policies in Europe as of July 2019. It does not include Open Access to publications policy. This analysis goes more into depth on the types of policy in place in Europe, their processes of creation, and some of their specifics.

Source: Report From SPARC Europe: An Analysis of Open Science Policies in Europe (Version 4)