Reflecting on Access

December 8, 2015 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Amy Moore is another of our NAHSL Professional Development Award winners.  Amy also presented an informative poster at our conference entitled: Circle of Learning: My Path to Medical Librarianship.  Hopefully you had the chance to view it.

Reflecting on Access

Amy Moore, MLIS

Medical Librarian, Maine Medical Center Library

Attending a conference can be incredibly motivating. The learning and exchange of ideas can help bring a new energy and insight into everyday work and life. I am very glad to have had the opportunity to attend the North Atlantic Health Science Libraries’ 2015 conference, “Health Science Libraries: Anchored in Excellence.” Many thanks to the NAHSL Scholarship Committee for the generous professional development award that helped fund my conference attendance. Also, thank you to the NAHSL Conference Planning Committee for creating a program and schedule of events that was educational and inspirational.

Among the programs and events that I joined, the theme that resonated most with me this year was access to information. On Sunday I began with the continuing education class, “Green and Gold: Understanding Open Access Models” where instructor Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, MLIS provided an in-depth look at open access publishing, distinguishing between the variations in vehicles that support unrestricted access to scientific and scholarly works. This session also offered an eye-opening view of the financial elements and licensing issues that accompany open access publishing. For those of us (like me!) who knew very little about this coming in, the class was well suited for gaining knowledge of a topic that impacts librarians and library users alike.

Back here at home, all of this new insight into information access had me thinking about what I can do at the library. Here are just a few tips that I gained from the conference and additional reading:

  • Encourage your patrons to publish in open access journals or post works to open access archives and repositories.
  • Publish your own work in open access journals or self-archive to a repository.
  •  Provide outreach in your community – share with others what you’ve learned about green and gold open access models.

 As the conference continued, other speakers struck the same chord. From Amy Dickinson’s efforts to provide children with access to library materials by personally paying overdue fines in her community, to Frances Groen’s explorations of threats and promises to health information in the digital age –  issues surrounding access to information – health or otherwise – are present everywhere. As information professionals, we have an opportunity to help guide others through this challenging landscape.  The more we can do to help information flow more freely, the greater the benefit for scholarly communication, research and publication.


 Providence RI



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