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Open Access Week

October 18-24 is Open Access Week, an occasion to advance knowledge about how the open access movement is impacting scholarly communication. What is open access? Here are some useful resources to help you understand open access in the context of health sciences research literature.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Consortium (SPARC): Resources
SPARC provides a full suite of resources for librarians, authors, publishers, editors, and others who would like to educate themselves and help to create change in the scholarly communication system.

NIH Public Access Policy: FAQ
While not an open access policy per se, the NIH Public Access Policy does ensure that the public has access to NIH-funded research articles. This page provides extensive background information about this relatively new policy and how NIH-funded authors can be in compliance with it.

Medical Library Association: Scholarly Communications Issues
This page provides an overview of the work of MLA committees and task forces involved in the association’s scholarly communications initiative. It also provides links to committee reports, other activities, select publications, and current MLA CE opportunities. Look under “Committee Task Force Reports and Statements” for a useful and re-usable Power Point presentation, “NIH Public Access Policy: Overview for Librarians”.

Scholarly Communication: Issues for Health Sciences Libraries in Clinical Settings
Issues related to scholarly communication receive a lot of attention at large academic and research institutions. This  page summarizes the major issues and offers suggestions for smaller health sciences libraries, librarians, and the clients they serve.

3 Responses to “Open Access Week”

  1. Gail Kouame Says:

    Coincidentally, the Oregon Library Association’s Quarterly is devoted to “Open Libraries: More Than Just Open Books and Open Doors” – you may even recognize some of the contributors’ names!

  2. Emily Says:

    And the OHSU Library has quite an initiative this year with Scholarly Communication and Open Access. We’ve been tabling at lunch all week to get the word out. Our blog:
    I’d love to hear from other Scholarly Communication Librarians and about scholarly communication initiatives from other libraries…

  3. Alison Aldrich Says:

    Way to go, Oregon librarians! The University of Washington Libraries organized a speaker series this week: