英國啟動 Access to Research 計畫

英國最近啟動一項名為 Access to Research 的計畫,讓一般民眾可以在公共圖書館裡就可以免費取得(access)的到學術性期刊內容,此舉讓使用公共圖書館所扮演的角色延伸至學術研究領域。


UK Access to Research Initiative

Access to Research 提供來自全球 8,400 多種期刊的 150萬篇文章,主題涵蓋甚廣,例如 health、生物學研究(20%)、工程學(14%)、社會科學等(18%)。這是由許多出版社及圖書館員間合作的成果,而搜尋工具則採用 ProQuest 的 Summon。

這項計畫是由 Publishers Licensing Society 所執行,在去年已經有 250個公共圖書館參與測試。參與此計畫的 SCL (the Society of Chief Librarians) 主席 Janene Cox 在今年2月初的發佈會中提到,大約有75個圖書館系統對此為期2年的先導計畫有興趣。參與此計畫的圖書館及出版社在 Access to Research 網站都可以看得到。

Cox 表示這項計畫再次確認公共圖書館在支援學習、提倡研究方面的重要角色,原文如下:

“it re-affirms the important role that public libraries have in supporting learning, promoting research and encouraging greater access and use of digital space and technologies…the access to research project is evidence that as a sector we are prepared to think innovatively act collaboratively and seek creative solutions to ensure our library offer continues to innovate, improve and deliver real outcomes for our communities.”

這項服務推出後受到公共圖書館員的歡迎,畢竟期刊內容及搜尋系統都是出版社免費提供,不過只限於在公共圖書館內取用學術期刊文獻,是較為人詬病的地方。

延伸閱讀:
Library Journal - U.K. Libraries Offer Free Article Access to Walk-Ins
BBC News - Public libraries get online access to research journals
LJ INFOdocket - UK: Two-Year Pilot Project Begins That Will Provide Public Libraries & Their Users With Free Access to Scholarly Articles

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