UNESCO launches Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Librarians

anup kumar das anupdas2072 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 22 08:43:57 EST 2014

[Apologies for cross-posting]
*UNESCO launches Open Access Curricula for Researchers and Librarians*
19.12.2014 - Communication & Information Sector

Within the overall framework of UNESCO Strategy on Open Access to
scientific information and research and to take forward UNESCO’s leadership
role in diffusing knowledge amongst its Member States, UNESCO has developed
a set of manuals to facilitate capacity building of library and information
professionals and researchers.
The development of the modules has been undertaken very carefully and the
development process covered diverse opinion in the subject area, and in
consultation with more than 50 experts to include diversity and expertise
from the developing south.
The OA curricula developed by UNESCO includes a set of customized modules
which can be easily be fitted with the educational needs of different OA
stakeholders and can be integrated with any sensitization programmes of OA.
The curricula for Library and Information Science Professionals entitled
“Open Access for Library Schools”, consists of four course modules. An
Introductory Module aims at sensitizing the library community about the
history, evolution, forms and impact of OA within the domain of scholarly
communication environment and covers issues related to rights management,
IPR and advocacy. The remaining three modules cover subject areas of OA
Infrastructure, Resource Optimization and Interoperability and Retrieval.
These sections give insights into the features, types, maintenance and
standardization of OA resources, information retrieval/storage software and
highlight the role of the new dimension of web-enabled resources such as
e-journals, e-repositories and ICTSs.
The curricula for researchers entitled "Open Access for Researchers"
addresses OA issues within the community of research scholars. The modules
cover the subject areas of Scholarly Communications, Concepts of Openness
and Open Access, Intellectual Property Rights and Research Evaluation
Metrics. The first four modules have been developed to nurture researchers
with an elaborate understanding of the genesis, objectives, processes,
types and existing limitations of OA scholarly communication, which include
insights into the issues related to IPR, the methods and limitations of the
process of peer reviewing and the concepts and roles of E-journals,
databases, ICTs, OSS and other OERs. The final and fifth Module entitled
“Sharing your Work in Open Access” provides a step-wise guideline for
researchers about the process and options available for publishing their
research work.
These curricula were developed after undertaking two detailed capacity
building need assessment studies of librarians and researchers on Open
Access. A multi-stakeholder expert meeting was organized in New Delhi,
where 23 experts participated  to finalize the curriculum. Two online
consultations were also held to substantiate the expert meeting, which
helped UNESCO to outline the content for each of the curriculum and
provided a framework to develop modules.
The curricula were developed with the help of Commonwealth Educational
Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi of the Commonwealth of Learning
The curricula will soon be available for download. Currently,  copies can
be requested by writing to UNESCO’s OA programme
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