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Friday, June 7 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Pushing on the paywalls: Extending licensed resource access to external partners to enhance collaborative research

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In our era of paywalls, access comes down to who is and is not considered an “authorized user.” Yet, when collaborative relationships among researchers extend beyond the definition of “authorized users,” the paywalled model of access becomes a barrier to seamless and efficient collaboration, potentially hindering progress in research. While an Open Access future can change this model, researchers need these barriers to access to be removed now.

This presentation examines the strategic partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to further enhance the existing high level of collaboration between researchers at both organization in atmospheric research and climate studies. As part of this partnership the CU Boulder Libraries leveraged existing language in license agreements to extend access to over 6,000 e-resources, increasing NCAR researchers access to information by over 3000%. (Yes, that’s correct: 3000 percent). Initially, key stakeholders in the Libraries were skeptical of the feasibility of executing the parameters of the partnership, due to known barriers within license agreements that restricted access to “authorized users.” But the end result demonstrated that in coordination with campus stakeholders and external partners, libraries can leverage existing language in license agreements and relationships with publishers to significantly improve and support collaborative research activities.

The presentation serves to challenge our understanding of “authorized user” and who may be a part of our research community. It looks closely at user groups that include visiting scholars, researchers, and affiliated users. It will also serve as an opportunity for conversation, for participants to share their own experiences working with and supporting the research and access needs of user groups and organizations beyond the traditional student, faculty, staff model. Finally, this session will serve to empower us to continue to push against the paywall and seek new ways to support our greater research community.

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Juleah Swanson

Head of Acquisition Services, University of Colorado Boulder

Friday June 7, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Three Rivers - WP Floor