Open Access Week 2015

Shirley Zhao

Shirley Zhao
Shirley Zhao is currently an Assistant Librarian (Clinical) at the University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. She consults and teaches workshops and courses on information/data literacy, data management, and reproducible research practices. She supports evidence retrieval and synthesis, including literature searching, reference management, and protocol development. Shirley also consults on issues in scholarly communication, publishing, and research software/tools. Her interests include data science; reproducibility; open science; research impact; and science communication.

openaccess2Today marks the beginning of the 8th International Open Access Week. This year’s theme is “Open for Collaboration” and highlights the power of openness to drive collaboration and advance research. Learn more about the chosen theme on SPARC’s website.

  • What is Eccles Health Sciences Library doing to participate this week?

We will be featuring collaborative projects that we are working on and highlighting some “open” resources you may find useful. Check back daily for a new post and follow us on Twitter @EHSLibrary for more open access-related information!

JCE68_6_p617aToday’s example of collaboration to advance research is librarians co-authoring systematic reviews. Our own Deputy Director Melissa Rethlefsen has published an article in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, titled “Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews.”
Click here to read the whole article.

If you’re doing a systematic review, contact us today. We are open for collaboration!


  • Who can I talk to if I have questions generally about publishing, copyright, etc.?

Talk to us! If we don’t know the answer, we can put you in touch with someone who does. Eccles Health Sciences Library is open 7 days a week for in-person, phone, or chat consultations. Alternatively, you can use our contact form or send your inquiries by email to ehsl-reference@lists.utah.edu.

  • Wait, let’s take a step back. What does “open access” mean and why should I care? 

Many people have written and spoken about open access; for example, Peter Suber’s Open Access book is a concise introduction to the issues. However, if you only have 8:24 minutes, this video is also a good starting point:

[youtube width=420 height=315]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5rVH1KGBCY[/youtube]