Open access and repositories

Our aim is to champion and facilitate open access publishing as well as explore and advise on repositories of curated/digitised content.   

Open Access Community of Practice

The Community of Practice is made up of 30 health librarians from across England, largely from the NHS but also the Kings Fund and Public Health England.

The group first met in May 2019 in London and participated in a programme of speakers including Kathryrn Funk from NLM; Frank Norman from the Crick Institute; and Sara Gould from the British Library.

The group also meet virtually on Webex sessions and a dedicated SharePoint site and associated e-mail list provides member profiles, space to share and work collaboratively on documents, and a central place to pool together our learning and discussions.

Members of the group have expressed a range of reasons for being part of this community of practice, from being: “keen to learn from colleagues on this group” , knowing “how others have experienced managing organisational repositories to help inform the development of our digital archive”, to having “a keen interest in grey literature – how to capture and promote unpublished works” and being motivated by addressing how we “could make NHS research more accessible/visible, thus enhancing impact

The group has decided on the following current priorities, and from this 3 sub-groups have been set up:

  1. Repositories
  2. Educational Resources for Open Access (To be Published)
  3. A User experience piece of work to identify the motivations for NHS staff to engage with Open Access (To be Published)

For more information or to become involved, please contact: Helene Gorring