“Why Research Libraries supporting Open Access is vital to the achievement of the UN SDGs and enabling Social Justice”
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) supports the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development, 2014 (which was a response/commitment to promote meaningful access to information as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), which states that a right to information worldwide would be transformational. Access to information supports development by empowering people, especially marginalised people and those living in poverty.
In this talk there will be a discussion of the vital importance of the availability of Open Access research publications to improve access to information and knowledge to enable the fulfilment of the SDGs to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, encourage economic growth, and tackle environmental destruction and climate change.
There will also be discussion of the role Libraries have to play in supporting Open Access at a national and local level, the options for publishing Open Access and the challenges.
Finally, the tools available to measure what proportion of your institutions papers are available as Open Access and what proportion are covering SDG topics will be demonstrated. These Tools will include Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar and Altmetrics Explorer.