"Open Access at the Coal Face: attitudes and practical responses" Yvonne Budden, DARTS4
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Open Access is, arguably, one of the most disruptive changes to the scholarly communications environment since the invention of the internet. Staff in academic and research libraries have been ...
Open Access is, arguably, one of the most disruptive changes to the scholarly communications environment since the invention of the internet. Staff in academic and research libraries have been facilitating this change and educating researchers about it since the first institutional repository was launched in 2000. But the pace of change has accelerated exponentially with the strengthening of the RCUK and Wellcome Trust mandates and the introduction of the HEFCE mandate among other funder moves in this area.
This talk will focus on the practical responses taken by the University of Warwick to cope with this change in all areas across the institution and the demands that this has placed on Library staff. It will focus on the Library perspective but also cover work done by the Research Office as well as the Graduate School and Student, Careers and Skills as part of a cross-institutional response. It will examine the practical challenges that we have faced in dealing with the new policies and some of the developments we have made to our institutional repository, WRAP (http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk) to support researchers wanting the advantages of open access. Additionally it will cover new areas of activity that have been undertaken by Library staff and offer a few of our ‘lessons learnt’ as well as a few future plans.
Finally the talk will discuss some of the early results from an institution wide survey of our researchers on their understanding of open access and attitudes to the process. This survey is an expansion of a survey that we ran in 2011 and the results will show whether or not the rapid changes and stronger funder mandates are really helping to win the hearts and minds of our researchers.
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