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Ontario Library Association Super Conference

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Open Access, Canada, Tri-Agencies, SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR


Canada’s new Open Access policy requires government-funded researchers — and encourages all Canadian researchers — to make their work publicly accessible by either publishing in Open Access journals or archiving it in repositories. This policy signals that Open Access is now a default setting for research in Canada and presents tremendous opportunities for libraries to support open scholarship through outreach, advocacy, support services and infrastructure. This presentation will explore policy, practice and implications for funders, institutions and researchers. We will focus on how libraries can facilitate the cultural shift to open research by raising awareness of the benefits of open scholarship, promoting institutional and subject repositories, and advising on copyright and intellectual property matters. We will share strategies for addressing concerns and/or barriers to Open Access with faculty and other key stakeholders, and discuss implications for libraries as partners in the scholarly communication process.