Librarians and Implementation of Open Access in Universities
Communication and Linguistics Studies
Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages: 54-59
Received: Mar. 15, 2019; Accepted: Jun. 20, 2019; Published: Jul. 1, 2019
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Narcisse Ekongolo Makake, Department of Library Archives and Information Sciences, Advanced School of Mass Communication, University of Yaoundé 2, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Thomas Mbila, Department of Library Archives and Information Sciences, Advanced School of Mass Communication, University of Yaoundé 2, Yaoundé, Cameroon
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Abstract
Over the years, university libraries have experienced several developments, one of the most emblematic of which was the introduction of information and communication technologies within these institutions. These technologies have brought significant improvements both in the management of collections by librarians and in the offer of the different services and products offered by the library. The advent of Open Access in university libraries is part of this dynamic and iterative process of innovation that the librarianship profession continues to experience. The qualitative research method permitted this paper to base on abundant literature and observations on the implementation of Open Access in Universities libraries in Cameroon, the professional and research experience of the authors. This paper supports the hypothesis that the implementation of open access in universities does not fundamentally change the librarianship profession. Instead, it provides these information professionals with other cognitive artifacts that help them to reduce the task of organizing and planning the work of a librarian. This paper therefore concludes that, despite the open access revolution, the librarian remains the main mediator of access to information and a major component in the putting in place of policies related to the creation, development and animation of open access systems in university libraries.
Keywords
Open Access, Librarianship, Information Professionals, Scientific Review, Information Gathering, Collection Expansion, Scientific Research, Access to Information
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Narcisse Ekongolo Makake, Thomas Mbila, Librarians and Implementation of Open Access in Universities, Communication and Linguistics Studies. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2019, pp. 54-59. doi: 10.11648/j.cls.20190502.13
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