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Suggested reading mentioned in-session:

Making Institutional Repositories Work (editors: Burton B Callicott, David Scherer, Andrew Wesolek)

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International Open Access Week is an opportunity for the research community to explore the benefits and issues that Open Access brings. UKSG is pleased to present a webinar to mark this annual global event. (#oaweek2016)

This is a fantastic opportunity to listen to an expert speaker, with the added benefit of no travelling required! You will also receive a link to a recording of the webinar so that you can listen again at a time convenient to you.

This is a free webinar.


It is not new to say that the scholarly communication system is sick. One way to put it is that the publishers have built a paywall around the papers written by our faculty and make us librarians pay for it.

For years, Open Access via the green and gold route have been touted as a joint solution. To this end, as academic librarians, we focused on building institutional repositories and getting open access mandates. However, recently, many prominent members of the open access community have begun to express doubts about the viability of institutional repositories as a solution given the lack of success.

Some, like Stevan Harnad self-dubbed “Open Access Archivangelist” for Green Open access, claim to have given up, while others, like Eric Van de Velde, suggest that  we rethink other ways to accomplish Green Open access beyond just institutional repositories. In this webinar, we will summarise all the arguments and attempt to give a librarian’s point of view about the future of IRs.

Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016
Time: 1500 BST
Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (up to 60 minutes maximum if there is sufficient demand for an extended Q&A)




Aaron Tay

Library analytics manager

Singapore Management University


 Read a short biography of Aaron Tay. Aaron has been an academic librarian since 2007 working in a variety of areas including library discovery, social media and bibliometrics and is current library analytics manager at the Singapore Management University. He blogs regularly at Musings about Librarianship and is constantly reading and tweeting about academic library related matters: @aarontay.



  • awareness of the debates on the varying roles and purposes of institutional repositories
  • familiarity with the weaknesses & strengths of the institutional repository vs more centralised repositories like discipline repositories and social research networks e.g. ResearchGate/

Subject level and previous knowledge required:

Discursive. Some familiarity with institutional repositories and open access issues would be helpful.



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