Leading from the Library? Making open research a reality in a non-research-intensive institution
At the University of Salford, the scale of research activity and Library services for research is far smaller than in many research-intensive institutions, yet we face the same scale of change in scholarly communications. As a Library, we have chosen to respond by raising our voice, both internally and externally, on the issues that Plan S raises. This paper examines our challenges and opportunities as we shape that proactive role. It will touch on four areas where we are taking the lead in moving open research forward and the key lessons we learn as we do so:
1) Engaging researchers with Plan S and open research.
2) Playing a driving role in developing a responsible approach to research assessment.
3) Joining up workflows and data collection across our collections and research teams.
4) Increasing our visibility and voice across a range of external channels and networks.
The paper will conclude with reflections on future challenges and how important it is that, as a sector, we understand how the transition to fully open research practices will impact on a wide range of institutions so we can work together where our interests converge.