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Appendices

Academic libraries and OA books in Europe report. Appendices.

Published onJan 31, 2021
Appendices
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1. General interview questions for librarians

Aim: to get a sense of a general library landscape per country, to understand each country library systems’ intricacies and to point out main common points and differences between them within the European context.

Based on answers to the general interviews, a set of follow-up questions will be put together, with specific issues touched upon in each country.

Name:

Position:

University:

General structure

1. What are the main characteristics of the library system in your country?

2. Are there any library consortia in your country and if so, could you briefly explain how they are organised? Is your institution part of them?

3. Who, within the library structure, is responsible for open access publications? Who are the main decision makers in that area? 

Library community per country

4. Are there any open access-specific projects, associations or working groups among librarians in your country?

5. What are the main library networks, journals, communication channels that you use among librarians in your country? 

Open access books

6. Does your library have an open access policy? If so, could you describe how it works? Does it include books? (if there is no OA policy in place: What are the reasons for your institution not to have an OA policy? What would you find helpful in the process of developing such policy?).

6a. *** How representative is your institution of the wider national library landscape when it comes to this topic: is the set-up you described "typical" for libraries in your country or are there differences between libraries?

7. How do you fund open access books? Do you have a specific budget allocated towards open access publications? (if there is no OA fund: What are the reasons for your institution not to support OA books?)

7a. *** How representative is your institution of the wider national library landscape when it comes to this topic: is the set-up you described "typical" for libraries in your country or are there differences between libraries?

8. If you fund BPCs, do you have a cap up to which you will fund an open access book? How do you determine such a cap?

8a.*** How representative your is institution of the wider national library landscape when it comes to this topic: is the set-up you described "typical" for libraries in your country or are there differences between libraries?

9. What would you require to justify expenditure on OA content to internal budget managers and decision makers?

10. Are you legally able to support third party OA publishers/platforms without receiving specific products or services in return?

10a.*** How representative your is institution of the wider national library landscape when it comes to this topic: is the set-up you described "typical" for libraries in your country or are there differences between libraries?

11. Are you, as a library, looking to publish OA books yourselves (e.g. thesis, faculty/scholarly-led publishing initiatives)? If there are no initiatives like that in the library itself, are there any scholarly groups within your institution who are looking into that?

11a.*** How representative your is institution of the wider national library landscape when it comes to this topic: is the set-up you described "typical" for libraries in your country or are there differences between libraries?

12. Are there general national-level initiatives in your country that encourage library/scholar-led OA book publishing initiatives?

13. What discovery systems are used for open access books in your country? Do they differ from discovery systems used for closed content?

13a.*** How representative your is institution of the wider national library landscape when it comes to this topic: is the set-up you described "typical" for libraries in your country or are there differences between libraries?

Further steps

Would you be willing to act as our national contact point for further inquiries and preparation of regional events, such as workshops for librarians?


2. Pre-workshops survey questions

SECTION 1: GENERAL

  1. Please identify your role within an institutional library and provide a sense of how you and/or your institution facilitates support for open access (in general).

  2. What are the major inefficiencies or roadblocks that you experience in that process?


SECTION 2: OPEN ACCESS BOOKS

  1. Does your library presently support Open Access book publishing initiatives? If so, which ones? (you can simply list these -- we will be asking for views on some different initiatives later in the survey)

  2. What are the most significant challenges that you/your institution encounters in supporting Open Access books / Open Access book publishing?

  3. What are the critical pieces of information for you/your institution in deciding to support, or not support, an Open Access book publishing initiative?


SECTION 3: OPEN ACCESS INITIATIVES

  1. Knowledge Unlatched’s KU Select programme: https://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/ku-select-library-info/ What are the positives and/or negatives from your/your institution's perspective?

  1. Knowledge Unlatched’s Open Research Library: https://www.knowledgeunlatched.org/openresearchlibrary/ What are the positives and/or negatives from your/your institution's perspective?

  2. OpenEdition https://www.openedition.org/8851 What are the positives and/or negatives from your/your institution's perspective?

  3. Open Book Publishers’ Library Membership Programme: https://www.openbookpublishers.com/section/44/1 What are the positives and/or negatives from your/your institution's perspective?

  4. Open Library of Humanities Library Partnership Subsidy Model: https://www.openlibhums.org/site/about/the-olh-model/ What are the positives and/or negatives from your/your institution's perspective?

  5. Are there any other specific Open Access initiatives, in particular those designed to support Open Access books, that you would like to offer feedback on?

SECTION 4: NEW INFRASTRUCTURES

How might the following influence you/your institution's decision to support such an infrastructure (please rate on a scale: much less likely to support, slightly less likely to support, neither more nor less likely to support, slightly more likely too support, much more likely to support):

  1. If the infrastructure is non-commercial

  2. If the infrastructure is developed according to the principles of Open Source Software

  3. If your institution has some ownership/control over the infrastructure provided

  4. If your institution has control over which specific projects/publishers your institution financially supports

  5. if access to specific projects/publishers is determined via a centralised / collective funding decision making process

  6. If the infrastructure is community-led or governed

For those factors that make it "much more likely" for you/your institution to support such an infrastructure, could you explain why? (If none are 'much more likely' please explain why for those that are 'slightly more likely’).

Are there any other factors might influence you/your institution's choice to support such an infrastructure? If so, what are they? Why are they important?

Do you have any other comments you'd like to add?


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