Dean’s Message

The March newsletter is filled with articles that illustrate the many ways Joyner Library supports teaching, research and life-long learning.  I want to focus on one area in this column: Joyner Library’s commitment to collaborative efforts to provide reliable access to high-quality information for the long term.  Our decisions to join the SCOAP3 initiative and to create the Cold War and Internal Security (CWIS) Collection were based in part on our participation in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), a regional library consortium of 40 research, federal, and state libraries.  As described in the column below, SCOAP 3 will create a means for supporting the production of open-access journals in the field of high-energy physics.  ASERL passed a resolution in support of SCOAP3 in 2008 and is now coordinating members’ participation in this initiative.

ASERL has been exploring ways to enhance cooperative training, outreach, service and collection analysis and development activities to improve access to federal government information for the citizens in the region. All ASERL members who participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) have agreed to identify at least one agency / topic / format within their collections as a Center of Excellence.   The ultimate goal is to identify Centers of Excellence necessary to establish, at minimum, two comprehensive FDLP collections in the region.  The CWIS has been designated as a Center of Excellence and Joyner is committed to maintaining and providing access to this collection of primary source historical materials.

ASERL and many other library and educational organizations support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act of 2013, which has been introduced in both houses of Congress.  FASTR “require[s] federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to provide the public with online access to research manuscripts stemming from funded research no later than six months after publication in a peer‐reviewed journal.” FASTR would also require the content of the articles to be made available in electronic form for “productive reuse, including computational analysis” and includes provisions for long‐term archiving to ensure the information can be used by generations of future researchers, scientists, and citizens.  With the approval of the Director of Federal Relations of the University of North Carolina, I have asked our Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor and support this important legislation.

Another way Joyner Library supports open access to information is through its digitization program.  By adhering to best practices in digitizing materials, providing metadata to make them searchable and easy to find, and creating a user-friendly interface, Joyner Library adds to the body of high-quality information available to researchers anywhere.  The Vietnam War resistance newspapers described below is just one example of the materials we provide in our Digital Collections.

I hope you enjoy this issue.  As always, I invite you to contact me with any questions about the Library or suggestions for improvements by e-mail to lewisja@ecu.edu or by phone at 328-2267.