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CEC afternoon 04
Monday, 17/June/2019:
1:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: Room 107

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ID: 231 / CEC afternoon 04: 1
CEC session
Topics: Benchmarking + Advocacy
Keywords: Open access, open science, library management, research support, profession advocacy

Open access as an opportunity for health information professionals

Alicia Fátima Gómez Sánchez1, Rebeca Isabel Gómez2

1Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology; 2Agencia de Evaluación de Tecnologías Sanitarias de Andalucía, Spain

The scope of open access initiatives has increased considerably in recent years. Some aspects will certainly affect library management, as well as support services that information specialist can deliver in their institutions. Additionally, open access has changed the ways to access, create and disseminate knowledge.

The management of this transition includes new ways of negotiation with publishers (models of accessing the content, changes in license agreements embracing memberships for gold OA publications); new services around APCs management and copyright advice; predatory publishing; new ways to find and disseminate research outputs (i.e. the increasing significance of preprints), etc.

The aim of this CEC is to be a practical interactive session to give participants a wider understanding about open access in the context of open science, putting forward the changing landscape that many libraries face currently.

Agenda: We will start with an icebreaker game, where participants will divided into small teams to play in a competitive but enjoyable manner and test their knowledge about open access, open data, creative common licenses, repositories, etc.

After that exercise, participants will end up with a clear idea of the main concepts around open access, including a prize for the winners!

Then, we will present some initiatives such the OA2020, the key principles of the Plan S, and some examples of national or European policies and mandates. We will consider threats and opportunities, and discuss what influences those may have on biomedical libraries as they are now.

Next, participants will work on different situations to find out how their actual services can be improved and better align with those new processes.

Finally, with help of the course facilitators, participants will generate an action plan that will serve them as a guideline, enhancing the added value that health information professionals can provide.

Learning Outcomes :

  • Understand the main concepts around open access, and gather initiatives and best practices;
  • Analyse the implications of open access for health libraries, and explore the opportunities and potential challenges for health information specialist;
  • Apply existing resources and tools to further develop library services;
  • Create an effective strategy and a collaboration network to be able to continue the work back home.

Level : Introductory/Intermediate

Target audience : Anyone interested in gaining an understanding of the implications open access and open science, and information professionals committed to supporting researchers to engage with open science.

Preparation for the session : No

Biography and Bibliography
Alicia Fátima Gómez-Sánchez works currently at the FECYT, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, as OpenAIRE project manager. Prior to that she was Research & Scholarly Communications Information Manager at the University of Hertfordshire (UK), and Head of the Library at the Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC). She has extensive experience in scientific information, management of research and institutional evaluation, and analysis of scientific production through bibliometric indicators. Her current lines of research focus on responsible metrics, open science, as well as developing strategies for publishing and disseminating research, particularly in the fields of Biomedicine and Health Sciences.

Rebeca Isabel Gómez. Information Specialist at the Agencia de Evaluacion de Tecnologías Sanitarias de Andalucía (AETSA) (Spain). She has been working in the health information field for the last 17 years, developing her work within several libraries and information centers. In addition, she has a broad teaching experience in medical information, and is an active member of several research groups related to health information science. Her current lines of research focus on evidence based medicine, open science and information management and retrieval.

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