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University Supports for Open Access: A Canadian National Survey

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University Supports for Open Access: A Canadian National Survey

Greyson, Devon and Vézina, Kumiko and Morrison, Heather and Taylor, Donald and Black, Charlyn (2009) University Supports for Open Access: A Canadian National Survey. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 39 (3). pp. 1-32. ISSN 0316-1218

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Abstract

The advent of policies at research-funding organizations requiring grantees to make their funded research openly accessible alters the life cycle of scholarly research. This survey-based study explores the approaches that libraries and research administration offi ces at the major Canadian universities are employing to support the research-production cycle in an open access era and, in particular, to support researcher adherence to funder open-access requirements. Responses from 21 universities indicated that librarians feel a strong sense of mandate to carry out open access-related activities and provide research supports, while research administrators have a lower sense of mandate and awareness and instead focus largely on assisting researchers with securing grant funding. Canadian research universities already contain infrastructure that could be leveraged to support open access, but maximizing these opportunities requires that research administration offi ces and university libraries work together more synergistically than they have done traditionally.

Divisions:Concordia University > Libraries
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Greyson, Devon and Vézina, Kumiko and Morrison, Heather and Taylor, Donald and Black, Charlyn
Journal or Publication:Canadian Journal of Higher Education
Date:2009
Keywords:Open Access; University; Canada; Funding; Research; Librarian; Libraries; Administrators; Office of research, Mandate; CIHR
ID Code:6566
Deposited By:KUMIKO VEZINA
Deposited On:25 Mar 2010 11:37
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 18:34
Additional Information:French abstract -- L’apparition de politiques provenant d’organisations accordant des subventions à des récipiendaires, et qui requièrent de ceux-ci qu’ils rendent les résultats de leur recherche libre d’accès, affecte le cycle de vie de la recherche académique. Ce sondage national en ligne explore les mesures prises par les bibliothèques et les bureaux de la recherche des universités de recherche canadiennes pour appuyer le libre accès et en particulier pour aider les chercheurs à se conformer aux exigences d’accès libre de leur agence subventionnaire. Nous avons reçu des réponses de la part de 21 universités à travers le Canada, indiquant d’une part une forte implication des bibliothécaires dans des activités de soutien et d’information sur le libre accès, tandis que les administrateurs montrent un engagement moins élevé à cet égard et concentrent leurs efforts principalement à aider les chercheurs à obtenir des subventions. Les universités de recherche canadiennes possèdent déjà des infrastructures qui pourraient être exploitées pour soutenir le libre accès, mais il est essentiel de maximiser ces opportunités et cela ne sera possible que si les bibliothécaires et les administrateurs de la recherche travaillent beaucoup plus conjointement que cela a été le cas par le passé.
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