Open University: The Role of the University Library and the Shifting in Scholarly Communication Paradigm
Lenka Němečková, Czech Technical University in Prague - Central Library, Czech Republic
Věra Pilecká, Helena Kováříková, Czech Technical University in Prague - Central Library, Czech Republic
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Establishment of the so-called Open University, i.e. the open access to the results of R&D is a key aspect to increase the transparency of the university environment, to increase the prestige and reputation and competitiveness of the institution as well as of all individual researchers in domestic and international environment. The scenario of the Open University development is built upon the institutional repository (IR) as the key platform for communicating scholarly information. The Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) appoints the Central Library to take the coordinating role in the repository establishment and in all related activities. The long-term goal of the open access initiative at the CTU is to integrate the already existing IR software platform into the information structure of the university and into the everyday information work flow – the interconnection of individual components of the university information system with the IR.
The particular steps, which are necessary to take, include the detailed analyses of publishers’ policies towards Open Access (OA), and analyses of publication outputs of CTU researchers in green and gold OA. Knowing these results, CTU then contacts authors and CTU journal editors who are allowed to self-archive a copy of their paper to form a basic set of data in the IR and lead the university OA campaign. On top of these activities and in close cooperation with IT department, a software solution is being prepared to connect individual components of the information system and the IR in order to establish automatic data flow into the IR. The future job for the library is to implement further value-added elements to the IR (e.g. automatic data control against DOAJ, Sherpa/RoMEO, etc.) and to prepare university rules for the data and full text input into the information system.
Author's professional CV
Lenka Nemeckova works at the Central Library of the Czech Technical University in Prague focusing on the administration and usage evaluation of electronic information resources, access to electronic information resources, information support of education and R&D, and the establishment of institutional repository. She has graduated from the Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship at the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague in 2008 and continues with her PhD studies at the institute as well. In her dissertation she focuses on user and publishing behavior in academic environment, user studies and research methods in information and library science. Since 2010 she also works as an assistant and lecturer at the institute.