Public access to research needs collaboration

This article pre-print was recently released by C&RL.  It should be ready for publication in November of 2013.

Supporting Public Access to Research Results” by P. Scott Lapinski, David Osterbur, Joshua Parker, and Alexa T. McCray

We posed the question of what services an academic library can best provide to support the NIH Public Access Policy. We approached the answer to this question through education, collaboration, and tool-building. As a result, over the last four years we have engaged over 1500 participants in discussions of public access to research results, forged alliances with dozens of partners, and built online tools to ease the process of complying with the NIH policy. We conclude that librarians working in collaboration with other key constituencies can have a positive impact on improving access to the results of scientific research.

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