Open Access and the Changing Role of Libraries


Time: 9 augusti 2010, at 09.00-17.00
Place: School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University, SEB Conference Room, Vasagatan 1
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Abstracts and Presentations

Registration and coffee 09.00-09.30. The meeting starts at 09.30.

The meeting is organized by the National Library of Sweden in cooperation with the libraries of the universities of Gothenburg, Uppsala, Lund and Malmö.

The IFLA Information Technology Section sponsors the meeting.


No admittance fees, coffee and lunch is included.


Open Access has a profound effect on the role of academic libraries. Focus is shifted from being a gatekeeper for information created elsewhere towards being actively involved in supporting the creation and dissemination of scientific and scholarly information produced within the parent institution of the library.

New competencies have to be strengthened, technical plattforms for publishing and archiving have to be developped, the streams of finance have to be redirected from paying for getting access to paying for providing access, i.a. OA journal publication fees and repositories.

The growth of repositories and their coordination on a national and an international level are exciting challenges that involve both university libraries and national libraries.

There are numerous Open Access conferences taking place but they seldom target the role of libraries in connection with Open Access. This theme is very timely at an IFLA conference and we also hope that it will put the issue of Open Access higher on the agenda of IFLA.

Target audience

IFLA delegates and other interested. Priority is given to IFLA delegates in case of overbooking.

Contact: Jan Hagerlid,


 Open Access a new paradigm for libraries and a new role for librarians
By Ellen Tise, IFLA President 2009-2011 and Senior Director, Library and Information Services, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Paper by Ellen Tise.

 A truly international effort to build a worldwide repository network
By Norbert Lossau, Director of Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen)

 Libraries in the evolving scholarly communication environment: case studies from EIFL network
By Iryna Kuchma EIFL Open Access programme manager

 German Repository Activities
By Anja Oberlaender, coordinator of the information platform at the Library of the University of Konstanz

 OA as driving force to make library services more patron-centeredThe projected future of Japanese academic library landscape
By Izumi Sugita, Specialist, Library Liaison Team Leader,Scholarly and Academic Information DivisionCyber Science Infrastructure Development DepartmentNational Institute of Informatics(NII), Japan

 Open Access aligns stakeholders from academia and research libraries –some experiences from Sweden
By Jan Hagerlid, coordinator of the programme

 Transforming Global Knowledge Experience: Reframing the Roles of the Libraries
By Leslie Chan, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Director of Bioline International

 A long and winding road –promoting Open Access at a very large and research-intensive university
By Lars Björnshauge, Director of Libraries, Lund

 Utrecht University Library as Open Access Publisher - The Igitur experience
By Saskia Franken, Managing Director Igitur, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving Services

 Open Access - The advantage for the library in the university of a successfull Open Access Policy
By professor Tom Cochranre, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

 Are library catalogues open for Open Access to free available online resources?
Dr. Petra Hauke, assistent lecturer at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Jana Rumler student at the same school. 

 Catalogue once –Open the catalogues
By Jens Vigen, Scientific Information Service CERN

 Why Open Access to Bibliographic Metadata Matters, for Libraries and for the World
By Anders Söderbäck, National Library of Sweden

 Critical issues in Open Source repository software and its contribution to Open Access
By Dr Edmund Balnaves, Information Officer, IT Section IFLA



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