A librarian in search of a repository

October 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2009 | Leave a comment

Our guide through the world of Open Access in this last plenary session was Peter Stuber. Our role in this world is that of educator and facilitator. Peter has detailed the ways in which we can help our authors in clearing up the misunderstandings regarding OA and in finding and/or creating appropriate repositories for their work.

We can also help by supporting the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA). This legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Conryn, would change the 12-month minimum embargo which currently exists in the NIH mandate to a 6-month embargo, bringing the NIH in line with most British and Canadian medical research funders. Watch for this legislation! Peter suggests that NAHSL add its name to the list of endorsers. (NAHSL, not NEC/MLA!)

Finally, a fact that should close the deal in convincing our researchers to participate in OA: OA significantly increases citation impact.

Margo

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