If you can get access to it, I like to recommend reading a particular research article published in the latest issue of Library Management (not an Open Access Journal!!).
Mary Anne Kennan a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at CSU, has written an excellent article titled, ” Learning to share: mandates and open access”.
Mary Anne Kennan, (2011) “Learning to share: mandates and open access”, Library Management, Vol. 32 Iss: 4/5, pp.302 – 318
The abstract reads:
Online open access (OA) to research publications comes to scholarship as a vision that makes sense and is congruent with the aims of science and scholarship. It is argued that research, often funded out of the public purse, should be a public good. Given its visionary characteristics and its congruence with the aims of scholarship, the purpose of this paper is to examine why OA is not practiced by all researchers, all the time, or more encouraged by library managers.
I was so excited to notice that the UBC Library includes language in their strategic plan endorsing community engagement.
“Through local, national and international collaboration exchange perspectives, expertise and resources with diverse communities. We embrace community engagement and encourage effective use of resources and contributes to the economic, cultural and social well-being of the people of BC and beyond.”
Read their Strategic Planhere.
With assistance from the Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communications Team a part of the University of Guelph Library, the Research Shop adopts Open Access guidelines!
The Research Shop is another name for the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (ICES). ICES fosters collaborative and mutually beneficial community-university research partnerships. ICES draws on strong traditions of community engagement and socially responsive research within the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) at the University of Guelph.
ICES builds capacity for community-engaged scholarship by strengthening faculty and student engagement with local, national and international communities of interest, addressing faculty reward development, and training faculty and students in knowledge mobilization.
The guidelines read:
To maximize the impact of research, outputs need to be made as broadly accessible as possible by enabling free universal access.
The Research Shop encourages researchers to endorse the concept of open access by depositing scholarly output in an open access repository such as the University of Guelph’s institutional repository, the Atrium.
For assistance contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ventura R. Pérez’s work highlights power of Open Access and community engagement
The SPARC Innovator program is a new initiative that recognizes an individual, institution, or group that exemplifies SPARC principles by working to challenge the status quo in scholarly communication for the benefit of researchers, libraries, universities, and the public. SPARC Innovators are featured on the SPARC Web site semi-annually.
Ventura R. Pérez launched an interdisciplinary open-access journal dedicated to the study of violence and the impact it has on society, Landscape of Violence (LoV). A biological anthropologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Pérez adopted an open-access model to share insights into the causes of violence directly with the communities affected, in addition to making the research available to scholars.
“One of the primary goals of this new journal is to create an inclusive platform designed to reach a broad audience including scientists, academics, policymakers, and the public. To that end, LoV is an open-access journal. Articles will be available to all on the internet, free of charge and without restriction. ”
In his inaugural issue (Vol1 Issue 1 article 1), Perez acknowledges Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst, for championing efforts from the beginning to help make LoV an Open Access journal!
For his efforts, Pérez is honored as the first Innovator of 2011 by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).
Read the Press Release here.
Carleton University launched a unique new website that focuses on community engagement.
The website provides details on Carleton and community projects, as well as a space for facilitating relationships of all kinds.
The Dec 1st press release details that “A critical feature is an interactive bulletin board where groups and individuals can post information about research, events and volunteer opportunities, or simply pose questions”. It is a space to preserve projects and relationships – and encourage new ones – to benefit area residents and help solve real-world problems in key areas, including housing, economy, health and wellness, arts and culture, students taking action and the environment.
Definitely worth a look here.