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Reinvigorating the Open Access Movement at Johns Hopkins University and Medicine

Sunday, May 5
5:35 PM - 5:50 PM
Room: Columbus AB (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : In July 2018, the new institutional Open Access Policy went into effect. In support of the new policy the libraries also launched a new submission system for faculty to deposit research into the institutional repository and PubMed Central simultaneously. By aligning these workflows, librarians can more easily promote the policy to faculty, who can more efficiently comply with the institution's policy and the NIH Public Access policy. We believe raising awareness about the policy and new submission system reinvigorates the Open Access movement, can foster greater health equity, and promote more sustainable community-based infrastructure throughout the academic health research landscape.
Description : Developing
A year-long discussion around an Open Access policy made clear that campus stakeholders were united in requesting that no extra burden be added to their workflows.
The libraries developed two initiatives to support faculty and administrators in their compliance with the new policy. These initiatives reduced burden on faculty while also encouraging greater access to the institution’s health and medical research. The libraries developed a new submission system that allows researchers to comply with the institution's policy and NIH Public Access requirements via a single deposit. The libraries also added two positions to provide education and support around the policy.
Librarians record basic statistics, including outreach efforts, presentations, questions answered. Submission of files in compliance are tracked. Several different tools will be used to assess the uptake across faculty and compared with other universities.
Conclusion : Medical libraries can use policies and community-based workflow tools to inspire faculty, staff, and students to open their research to the world, thus supporting health equity and patient advocacy. These conversations will also educate researchers about trends in publishing and research evaluation, opening up systems that are inherently closed. Librarians are core to this initiative and need to use their trusted position to move openness forward.

Caitlin A. Carter

Scholarly Communication and Open Access Policy Fellow
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Caitlin Carter, MLIS, is the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Policy Fellow at the William H. Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she began a career in IT government contracting before returning to Maryland to pursue her MLIS. At Maryland she worked in both a Collection Development role and in supporting the Open Access digital repository (DRUM) where she discovered the importance of scholarly communication and open access initiatives in academic libraries. Upon graduating she worked at Franklin & Marshall College as the Research and Scholarly Communications Librarian before returning to a research institution setting in 2018. At Franklin & Marshall, she grew interest in adopting and creating open educational resources, and started the campus' first Open Access Publishing Fund. Now at Johns Hopkins, her primary responsibilities are to socialize the new campus-wide Open Access Policy among faculty and to educate patrons about author rights and resources and open access publishing.


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Robin Sinn

Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Communication
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland


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Claire J. Twose

Associate Director
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Claire Twose, MLIS, is the Associate Director for Research Services at the Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library. She has worked at the Welch Library for over 15 years as an informaitonist service various departments in the School of Public Health and more recently as an Associate Director. She has been teaching searching methods to support systematic reviews for over 10 years and has also provided searching assistance to many systematic review teams, including the Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group. Her research interests include information retrieval methods for systematic reviews as well as the information needs of public health practitioners and intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians.


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Anne K. Seymour

Welch Medical Library
Baltimore, Maryland

Since 2014, Anne K. Seymour, M.S., has been the Director of the Welch Medical Library overseeing library and information services for the health sciences at Johns Hopkins University including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, and the Health System. She holds an appointment of assistant professor at all three health science schools. Prior to Hopkins, she was the associate director of the Biomedical Library at the University of Pennsylvania, 1997-2014. She leads an expert team of managers, informationists, and IT specialists serving the information needs of faculty, researchers, clinicians and students.


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