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Workshop E-01
Wednesday, 19/June/2019:
10:45am - 12:00pm

Location: Room 104

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ID: 166 / Workshop E-01: 1
Workshop session
Topics: Ecology of Scholarly Communications
Keywords: open access, social justice, health disparities, digital divide

Open Access to Health Information: A Social Justice Issue

Caitlin Pike

IUPUI, United States of America

Open access (OA) publishing has steadily gained traction as an alternative to traditional publishing models since its introduction in the early 2000s. Social justice, including equitable access to information and bridging the digital divide, are also concepts familiar to many librarians. As a result, these ideas create a natural intersection for advocacy as health information professionals. In this workshop, we will briefly review the literature on OA and social justice to provide background on the topic, and discuss survey results on undergraduate student opinions regarding open access as a social justice concern. Following this overview, participants will break into groups, and each group will be given a topic with questions to spark discussion on the subject. Questions such as "Historically, how has access to health information created benefits or barriers to users?" or "When thinking about medical research, what stakeholders are concerned about open access and why?" Each group will select a notetaker to keep track of the responses, and time will be given at the end of the workshop to report out and have a wider discussion with each other.

Learning outcomes : By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to define what open access and social justice are as individual concepts, as well as how open access can be considered a social justice issue; they will be able to determine what under-served groups in their communities would benefit most from open access intiatives; they will be able to advocate more confidently for open access at their institutions from a social justice perspective.

Type of interactivity : The first ten minutes will be a traditional lecture to provide an overview of the concepts, and then the participants will break into groups in the style of a knowledge café. The presenter will provide questions to each table to spark conversation on the topic, but the conversations that arise are meant to be open-ended and organic. The presenter will move between tables to facilitate the conversations, and prompt additional dialogue. The last thirty minutes will be spent reporting out to the larger group on the conversations from each table, and allowing anyone from other tables to add their input.

Level : Introductory

Target audience : Anyone interested in the intersection of scholarly communications and social justice. This session may be of particular use to librarians serving diverse populations, specifically within public and consumer health.

Preparation for the session : No

Biography and Bibliography
Caitlin Pike is the Research Engagement and Scholarly Services Coordinator at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)'s University Library. She also serves as a health sciences liaison librarian, where she provides instruction and in-depth literature searching expertise to the IU School of Nursing. Caitlin is a current student herself, and is working to complete a second master's degree in public health. Her research interests include open access, mobile technology, and developing relationships with students to facilitate library outreach. She has over five years of experience working with adult learners, and she received her MLS from North Carolina Central University.

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