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Open Access – views from around the globe

In advance of the start of the World Library and Information Congress in Wroclaw, the Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section sponsored, in collaboration with the IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Section and the European Solidarity Center, a satellite meeting on Open Access: Action Required, which was hosted by the Joseph Conrad-Korzeniowski Voivodeship and City Public Library and held at the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk, Poland on 16-17 August, 2017.  The meeting brought together presenters from around the world who could speak to the issues surrounding Open Access in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.  The presentations there made obvious not merely the strength of support which Open Access has worldwide but the questions Open Access raises and the nuance that can occasionally be forgotten when discussing it.  Open Access encompasses a number of different options, from Green (embargoed) to Gold (author/funding body pays for it to be open) to Diamond (publisher puts online free of cost).  It is easy to talk of Open Access, but this does not mean we are not speaking at cross purposes.  Even when the type of Open Access being discussed is the same, it can have different outcomes and impacts when applied to different types of materials.  The papers presented there, some of which are now in the IFLA Library, are thought provoking examples not only of what Open Access means today, but of where it might lead us in the future.

Register now for Open Access: Action Required, August 16-17


Registration has now opened for Open Access: Action Required, the IFLA satellite conference sponsored by the IFLA Section on Serials and Other Continuing Resources, and co-sponsored by the IFLA Section on Acquisition and Collection Development and the European Solidarity Center.  Hosted by the Joseph Conrad Voivodship and City Public Library in Gdańsk, it is being held at the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk, Poland, August 16-17, 2017, prior to the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland.

The program consists of three sessions – “Long-term preservation of Open Access Resources,” “Marketing of Open Access Resources,” and “Discovery and Access of Open Access Resources” – each of which will provide insight and thought-provoking experiences with the may facets of working and dealing with Open Access resources, from speakers from all over the globe.

The program will start at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 16 and will end at 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 17.  If you are planning on attending this year’s World Library & Information Congress or if you are simply interested in how Open Access is changing the library and information worlds and would like to engage with the topic while also enjoying a couple of days on the shores of the Baltic, please register today.  See you in Gdansk!

Call for Papers: Open Sessions

Session Theme “Altmetrics”

World Library and Information Congress

83rd IFLA General Congress and Assembly 19-26 August 2017, Wroclaw, Poland

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA Congress in Wroclaw on the theme “Altmetrics: It’s time to take action.”

Altmetrics measure attention to research outputs in non-traditional sources and are indicators of research impact. They provide us with a more complete understanding of how research is being received and used within a short time after publication and are complementary to traditional citation metrics. There are many uses for altmetrics including adding value to institutional repositories, showcasing outputs and achievements, demonstrating impacts, aiding in discovery, demonstrating value and supporting causes. It is time for libraries to take action and include support for altmetrics as well as traditional metrics in their service offerings. This programme will examine how altmetrics are used in libraries and why they are important when working with scholarly communication, serials and other continuing resources issues. We will examine the present and future potential impacts and uses of altmetrics and other metrics.

We invite papers that address any or several of the following topics:
Altmetrics and their relationship to other metrics
Metrics projects and implementation in libraries
Altmetrics and serials and other continuing resources
The meaning of metrics
Metrics and repositories
The uses of metrics
Altmetrics standards and best practices
Metrics for discovery
Libraries supporting metrics uses

Proposals must include the following information:

1. Name and institution of speaker(s)
2. Contact information for speaker(s)
3. Brief biographical information
4. Proposal title
5. Brief (250 word) abstract of the proposed paper
6. Language of presentation

Important dates
Proposal submission deadline: Monday 6th March 2017
Notification of acceptance: Friday 17th March 2017
Submission of completed paper: 26th May 2017

Proposals should be sent by email to Meg Mering, Secretary of the SOCR Standing Committee [email protected] by Friday 17th February 2017. Finalists will be notified by March 17th, 2017, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by May 26th, 2017.

For more information, please contact Meg Mering, Secretary of Serials and other Continuing Resources Section, [email protected] or Sharon Dyas-Correia, Chair of the Committee, [email protected].

Please also note that in accordance with IFLA’s Open Access Statement, all papers that are presented at the WLIC 2017 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

Note: All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors, if required. The Wroclaw National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on the Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Please see the official IFLA WLIC SOCR Call for papers at: http://2017.ifla.org/cfp-calls/serials-and-other-continuing-resources-section

Sharon Dyas-Correia

Meg Mering
Secretary, IFLA SOCRS