Open Access Books

CERN Open Access Books

By Alison Verbeck on February 28, 2018

Many open access books published by CERN are now available on the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).  They will eventually be added to our catalog as well.

Open Access Physics Textbook

By Alison Verbeck on November 27, 2017

A physics professor at University of Massachusetts – Amherst recently created an adaptation of an OpenStax physics textbook for his course.  It is available digitally or as a pdf.  For more information on doing something similar, go to: or vis...

Scholarly communications selected links from late summer, 2017

By Ruth Lewis on August 30, 2017

Public access: FASTR Legislation Would Ensure Permanency of Public Access to Scientific Research (SPARC) | Open Access Can’t Wait. Pass FASTR Now (Electronic Frontier Foundation) | Does Reg Review threaten Public Access? (David Wojick) Preprints: Six New Preprint Services Join a Growing Com...


Knowledge Unlatched makes 343 humanities/social sciences books Open Access

By Ruth Lewis on February 23, 2017

Washington University Libraries was not able to participate financially in unlatching the 2016 packages, but readers will soon be able to fully enjoy access to these unlatched monographs. Records will be added to our catalog over the next 3 months or so. Press release with more information Also a...

Scholarly communications links from March 2016

By Ruth Lewis on March 31, 2016

Calling attention to a few stories this month: Seven Things Every Researcher Should Know About Scholarly Publishing, post from The Scholarly Kitchen. Although Scholarly Kitchen is usually written from a publisher perspective, this seemed like a nice overview of many of the issues I try to cover o...


Knowledge Unlatched books from Round 2

By Ruth Lewis on March 28, 2016

Washington University Libraries participated with nearly 300 other libraries in unlatching, that is making open access, 78 recently published books through round 2 of Knowledge Unlatched. For more information, see March 1 Press Release. These humanities and social sciences titles cover five subje...

Public access/open access news in December 2015

By Ruth Lewis on December 31, 2015

— Last month I shared several critiques of That conversation continues in Chronicle of Higher Education, As Grows, Some Scholars Voice Concerns and elsewhere; I thought this page from the Office of Scholarly Communication at the University of California was very u...

New Competition to Recognize Student Research Using Special Collections

By ksinger on November 5, 2015

Every year numerous Washington University undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members conduct research using rare or unique materials held in the Film & Media Archive, Manuscripts, Modern Graphic History Library, Rare Books, or University Archives. These units comprise the Departme...

Art and Architecture Collections in Open Scholarship

By Jennifer Akins on October 22, 2015

  In honor of Open Access Week, we’re featuring Building Case Studies, part of the Open Scholarship Materials Resource Center collection created by architecture students at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The goal is to create a Materials Library database allowing users...