Regular readers might remember a previous post about about the Library's collection of Open Access e-books from Open Book Publishers (OBP). The Library's expert cataloguers have completed their work creating records in the proprietary MARC* format for each title. These records are now available for libraries and institutions to import into their library management systems. They include all OBP books published until the end of March 2015 and will be updated as new titles are released.
We hope that making high quality metadata available in this way will remove a potential barrier when librarians are considering whether to include Open Access books in their collection. This effort also shows how readers, authors, publishers and institutions can benefit from Open Access publishing models. The Library catalogue currently lists fifty-five OPB books and we encourage readers to dive in!
St Andrews Library is enjoying working with an Open Access publisher and learning from the collaboration.
|Allegorical copper plate (1781) "Works of Darkness. A Contribution to the History of the Book Trade in Germany Presented Allegorically for the Benefit of and as a Warning to All Honest Booksellers" from Deazley R, Kretschmer M, Bently L (2010), Privilege and Property: Essays on the History of Copyright, Open Book Publishers, Cambridge|