Supporting the IFLA Statement on Open Access

How National Associations and IFLA Sections can Support the IFLA Statement on Open Access

IFLA has provided a Statement on OA that captures empirical facts within the principles and ethics of academic discourse relating to free access to scientific publications and related materials that can be used to strengthen advocacy for the OA drive. The statement is a valuable tool that can be used by institutions to develop their policies on open access. The statement outlines various ways and procedures that can be used in OA advocacy.

The IFLA Statement on Open Access recognises the importance of and benefits of a business model whose goal is to provide free access and re-use of scientific knowledge. It is an essential issue within IFLA's information agenda.

Library and Information Science National Associations and Sections of IFLA can support the statement in the following ways:

  • Create awareness to enlighten and educate their members on the IFLA Statement on Open Access. This could be in the form of presentations during the annual conferences/Annual General Meetings; seminars; workshops and other capacity building training programmes.
  • Engage with their members and other stakeholders through online discussion fora; social and other media in order to inform and collect feedback on Open Access initiatives.
  • Conduct research that could, cover case studies and best practices in adoption of Open Access initiatives; provide factual information and collect relevant data that will support policy makers to make informed decisions; and measure impact, help take decisions on economic models that will be of benefit to publishers, booksellers and vendors as well as acquisition models
  • Write and publish journal articles and books on the subject with a view to promoting initiatives from different regions.
  • Provide a platform for active engagement between publishers, booksellers, authors, aggregators, vendors, librarians and users to have robust debates that focus on how all stakeholders can deal with the issue to bring about a win-win situation for everybody.
  • Provide Information Literacy classes that support teachers, students and other users in use of Open Access resources.
  • Work with other stakeholders to help develop sustainable business models for Open Access.
  • Carry out advocacy visits for the adoption of IFLA Open Access principles and policies in organizations and institutions.
  • Use the Statement as a platform to urge institutions to sign up for the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.
  • Use the Statement as a tool to work with institutions to develop their policies on Open Access.
  • The Statement could be used as a guideline to develop a national policy on Open Access.
  • Use the Statement to source and support funding for research initiatives or projects with the agreement of having the results published on the Open Access platform.

Victoria Okojie

Last update: 1 August 2014

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