Supporting Open Access: Librarians as advocates, researchers, educators and role models

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5 hours

Class Description:

As stewards of knowledge, librarians have an instrumental role to play in supporting open access (OA) initiatives, such as the NIH Public Access Policy. As a component of a Pacific Southwest RML Express Outreach Award, this workshop was developed to engage librarians in an active discussion of the current state of OA through hands-on, case-based activities. Participants will be challenged to think critically about their roles as advocates, role models, researchers, collection developers and educators and to share best practices. To support this discussion, the instructors will present emerging data on how health personnel use and perceive biomedical literature in their clinical practice and will also introduce implications for OA policies. The instructors will also demonstrate the methods utilized in ascertaining these data and brainstorm ways in which the librarian community can collaborate to continue growing this evidence base.

The course is taught by Lauren A Maggio, MS (LIS), MA, Lane Medical Library & Knowledge Management Center, Stanford University Medical Center and Laura Moorhead, MS of the Stanford University School of Education.


1. Introduction – The local and global state of Open Access (50 minutes)

Participants and instructors will briefly introduce themselves. Instructors will provide an overview of OA at the global and national level. Participants will then individually brainstorm their roles and specific actions locally to support OA. Participants will then partner and share their experience with plans to report to the larger group. Formats: demonstration and discussion

2. Health Personnel use of primary and secondary information resources data presentation (50 minutes)

The instructors will present their recent research findings on health personnel use of primary (PubMed) and secondary (UpToDate) information resources as gateways to the primary literature. These overall use data will include information such as the most accessed publication types, journal titles, publication dates, and the OA status of articles. This presentation will also demonstrate the research methodology employed and its flexibility to be deployed in other settings. As a group, participants will discuss strategies for potential implementation at their sites. Formats: Demonstration and discussion

3. Brief introduction to case studies (20 minutes)

Participants will be assigned one of three case studies. Each case study will describe a health professional and their information use habits. These case studies are derived from anoynmized interviews of over twenty physicians. Participants will independently read their assigned case study and begin considering the case from the angles of OA advocate, educator, and collection developer. Formats: independent reflection 3. Lunch Break (60 minutes)

4. Case study analysis and group discussion (75 minutes)

Participants will each be assigned to a small group based on the case study they have been asked to review. Participants will discuss their case study and be asked to conceive a related action plan for a librarian in the role of OA advocate, educator, and collection developer. Each group will be asked to assign a group manager, scribe, and reporter in order to prepare for presentation to the larger group. Formats: small group work, group discussion

5. Presentation of data and methods (30 minutes)

The instructors will present qualitative data derived from twenty-two physician interviews describing their use and perception of information resources in clinical care. The instructors will also role model research skills and provide insight and encouragement as to how librarians may employ qualitative methods in their own settings. Formats: Demonstration

6. Wrap up and evaluation (15 minutes)

The class will finish with a summary of key points and participants’ completion of class evaluations.

*A one-hour lunch break will be provided.

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