recruited to help define the library’s strategy to support our faculty and
researchers who receive grants with new public access mandates.
This resulted in a UBC Library/Office of Research Services collaboration to
devise both short-term and long-term strategies and methods for creating
linkages between the Library’s institutional repository and the UBC’s Office of
Research Services systems. The links will enable UBC researchers to easily
deposit their CIHR and NIH grant-funded publications into an open access
repository within the workflow of the Research Office’s grant funding
management system. These cross-campus partners agreed to continue to
act in an advisory capacity for these developments and future developments
in a more formalized campus advisory body.
It became clear to the Working Group that ongoing education strategies are
needed to inform UBC researchers of their public access compliance obligations.
It was felt that the Library was best positioned to develop a consistent training
template that cross-campus partners could collectively use for campus-wide
education and that librarians should be involved in this process and work on
this is progressing in Fall 2009.
Although this collaboration is still in its early stages, the Library is
already realizing significant marketing benefits from this cross-departmental
collaboration. We are getting new visibility and exposure from University
Administrative offices. The Research Office and cross-departmental grant
managers are promoting our work to others. Grant managers, with new
awareness of the value of the Library’s expertise, are actively encouraging the
researchers they work with to contact our liaison librarians to help strengthen
the research component of their grant application. Liaison librarians are
partnering with grant managers as plans are developing to offer workshops
targeted at researchers to improve grant writing. Also conversations with
grant managers have led to plans to include a segment on author rights and
managing copyright transfer agreements in upcoming grant writing workshops
that will be taught by librarians in partnership with our Health Research
Resources Office.
Other Engagement with Campus Stakeholders
While members of the project team established fruitful connection and
partnership with the UBC Press and UBC editors, to date this work does not yet
include liaison librarians to any great extent. However as our work with both
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