Communicating the Open Access Message: A Case Study from Ireland – Lenus, The Irish Health Repository

[Abstract] Since 2009, Open Access (OA) Week has been celebrated worldwide in October each year. It is an opportunity for librarians to engage with the research community, and demonstrate the value that they bring to their organisations in the area of disseminating scholarly output. Although thousands of events have been held since the inception of OA Week, little research has been carried out into the impact of these events. The article presents a review of the literature on OA Week and evaluates the effectiveness of three events held during OA Week 2015 in Ireland through the use of statistics and a survey. The three events held during OA Week 2015 in Ireland that were evaluated include: a seminar run by Repository Network Ireland (RNI), a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) campaign using OA materials organised by Dr. Steevens’ Library and a collaborative OA seminar between Dr. Steevens’ Library and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) libraries. The author concludes that a collaborative approach to planning and managing OA week between librarians from academic and other sectors can have tangible benefits both in terms of promoting OA and also promoting the role of the Librarian in the OA movement.

scholcomm – [SCHOLCOMM] Florida State University Passes Open Access Policy – arc

[O]ur faculty senate [at Florida State U] decided to call a vote on a proposed open access policy. Our fearless leader and ScholComm Librarian, Devin Soper was giving a presentation with several of our faculty champions, and the vote was supposed to be called at the next meeting in March. After the presentation, the faculty senate president decided that everyone had enough information and asked for a motion to adopt the policy. A resounding [and unanimous] chorus(SHARE?) of “Ayes” later, and five years of blood, sweat and tears culminates in Florida State entering the ScholComm century as the 1st public university in Florida to pass a Harvard-style, rights-retention, the big kahuna, OA Policy. 

Since we weren’t planning on promoting it until March, we have no press release/announcement (yet), except my guffawed tweet, and the policy and FAQ in our github repo….”

Repository and Open Access officer – part time

“The post holder will manage and advise on Open Access publishing of research outputs, and the curation and dissemination of research data. The primary focus of the role is to implement, maintain and enhance the repository aspect of PURE, the University’s research information system, to ensure metadata quality, to promote services and to support academic colleagues it its use….”

Repository & Open Access Support Librarian at University of Winchester

“As a Repository & Open Access Support Librarian, you will be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of processes to support open access to research publications at the University of Winchester. You will be responsible for quality-checking publications metadata created by academic and administrative users of Winchester Research Repository. Data cleansing of existing records will be an on-going function of the role, along with provision of support to users via email, telephone and face-to-face training, where appropriate….”

PLOS ONE: Open Access Meets Discoverability: Citations to Articles Posted to

“Using matching and regression analyses, we measure the difference in citations between articles posted to and other articles from similar journals, controlling for field, impact factor, and other variables. Based on a sample size of 31,216 papers, we find that a paper in a median impact factor journal uploaded to receives 16% more citations after one year than a similar article not available online, 51% more citations after three years, and 69% after five years. We also found that articles also posted to had 58% more citations than articles only posted to other online venues, such as personal and departmental home pages, after five years.”