Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies: How Libraries Can Make It All Work

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Event Location: 
ALA Mid-Winter, Boston, MA

SPARC and ACRL Mid-Winter Forum
Boston, MA -- ALA Mid-Winter Conference
Saturday, January 9, 2016  
3:00 - 4:30pm 
Room 253C - Boston Convention & Exhibition Center  

Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies: 
How Libraries Can Make It All Work 

Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation of high-profile funders announcing policies requiring greater access to research articles and data. From the White House, to the Canadian Tri-Agency, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these policies are now moving into the implementation stage. This brings with it both the excitement of a new era, as well as the daunting challenge of determining how exactly to make things work. This challenge is compounded by differences in the requirements across policies, and the ability of individual researchers and institutions to make sense of these differences and comply effectively.

This forum will explore ways in which the library community can be instrumental in supporting the compliance efforts. Along with identifying some issues and possible strategies, the panelists will discuss services that are being, or have been created or expanded, to help address some of the issues that have been raised. We hope to provide you with some practical ideas that you will be able to take back and implement at your institution.

Speakers include --

  • Jennifer Hansen, Officer, Knowledge & Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Barbara Pralle, Manager of Data Management Services, Johns Hopkins University
  • Claire Stewart, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, University of Minnesota 
  • Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

A longtime friend of ACRL and SPARC, Richard Fyffe, Librarian of the College at Grinnell, recently passed away from ALS. Immediately after the forum, in the same room, friends and colleagues are invited to stay and remember Richard. From 4:40-5:30pm, we will honor a man who provided great leadership for the academic library community in the area of scholarly communication. Former ACRL president Joyce Ogburn is inviting you to the memorial to honor Richard for his accomplishments and advocacy efforts.