November 24, 2015

New Preprint: “Supporting Public Access to Research Results”


Supporting Public Access to Research Results


P. Scott Lapinski
Digital Resources Librarian, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

David Osterbur
Director of Public and Access Services, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Joshua Parker
Access Services Librarian, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Alexa T. McCray
Associate Director, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


College and Research Libraries


We posed the question of what services an academic library can best provide to support the NIH Public Access Policy. We approached the answer to this question through education, collaboration, and tool-building. As a result, over the last four years we have engaged over 1500 participants in discussions of public access to research results, forged alliances with dozens of partners, and built online tools to ease the process of complying with the NIH policy. We conclude that librarians working in collaboration with other key constituencies can have a positive impact on improving access to the results of scientific research.

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Note: Anticipated Publication Date:  November 2013

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