A Community Organizing Informed Approach to Open Access : Embedded Librarianship Supporting Research Transition to an Open Era

Greyson, Devon A Community Organizing Informed Approach to Open Access : Embedded Librarianship Supporting Research Transition to an Open Era., 2009 . In Canadian Health Libraries Association/ Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ ABSC) Conference 2009, Winnepeg, Manitoba (Canada), May 30 - June 3, 2009. (In Press) [Conference poster]


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Objective: Health researchers today must understand and respond to open access issues and requirements. This program description of a research centre's open access activities considers the question of whether lessons from community organizing models can be adapted by librarians embedded within a research environment to effectively help transition research groups and organizations to a more open access model of functioning. Methods: Case study of the program of Open Access activities within a health research institute with an embedded librarian, and comparison of such activities with principles of community organizing models. Activities highlighted include: education sessions, meetings/fora, creating a core committee, outreach to support key community leaders and “grow” new organizers, creating shared community infrastructure, and collaborative research projects that address questions and needs of various members of the community. Results: While some elements of some community organizing models are inappropriate to the academic environment, other elements can inform strategies to effectively reach researchers, helping a research unit to transition to the new landscape of information delivery and knowledge translation. Discussion: Librarians embedded within research groups are ideally positioned, as conduits between the information policy world and the health research community, to use strategies adapted from community organizing models to educate, support and transition researchers in the new Open Access era.

Item type: Conference poster
Keywords: Open access, Community organizing, Embedded librarians, Health research
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AC. Relationship of LIS with other fields .
E. Publishing and legal issues. > ED. Intellectual property: author's rights, ownership, copyright, copyleft, open access.
E. Publishing and legal issues. > EB. Printing, electronic publishing, broadcasting.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BC. Information in society.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BF. Information policy
Depositing user: Devon Greyson
Date deposited: 14 Jul 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:14
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/13290


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