We're assessing the value and feasibility of a new service, which would use Open Access Button functionality to aid the discovery, creation and promotion of open access (OA) content.
We've long been involved with the development of Open Access Button, which is an open source, non-profit tool delivering free, legal research articles instantly or automatically requested from authors, when users hit a paywall.
What we're doing
We're investigating how, in addition to its current role as a tool for individual researchers, Open Access Button functionality could be used directly in a library setting.
We're exploring the potential for a new service, which would embed Open Access Button functionality in the discovery/ILL workflow in order to:
- Prevent multiple ILL requests for the same article
- Improve the user experience of the ILL process
- Contribute to making more articles open access
- Offer cost and time efficiency by checking if requested material is already available under OA conditions
Evaluating sector requirements
We're investigating whether such a service would be of use and value to institutional libraries. We want to know how it could integrate with other services and understand the scale of the opportunity and potential efficiencies it would offer to libraries, both individually and collectively.
Based on the range of evidence we collect, we'll assess whether there is value in developing the service any further.
Who we're working with
Sero Consulting will be gathering evidence from across the sector.
The team at Open Access Button are already working with a number of case study institutions to consider a customised, user-tested approach to speeding up ILL fulfilment. For this project, they'll be gathering insight from individual institutional library settings.
We know there's work taking place in this space already, so we'll aim to guide this work at a strategic level by coordinating with the British Library, the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL), United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR) and others. This will also ensure we stay abreast of any other developments relevant to this area of work.
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