Global Sharing of Open Access at SMU

The Li Ka Shing Library at Singapore Management University (SMU) organised “Global Sharing of Open Access Content”, a half-day event together with bepress (Berkeley Electronic Press) on 23 August 2013. The event was attended by over 50 people from Singapore and other countries as we leveraged on the participants attending IFLA.  Professor Richard Clement, Dean of Libraries and Adjunct Professor of History at Utah State University was our keynote speaker.

Professor Clement shared how the Utah State University (USU) repository provided visibility to the university’s research. In addition to theses and articles, the USU repository included books from their University Press, their own scholarly journals, reports of the Agricultural Extension Service, technical reports of the Utah Water Laboratory and even student research posters.

Prof Sharon Mader, Dean of Library Services, University of New Orleans discussed how institutional repositories can be used to ensure that students develop the media and information literacy competencies essential for shaping and leading the new face of global and scholarly communications.

Yeo Pin Pin from SMU talked about increasing the number of full text documents in the repository called InK and highlighted some of the most successful and varied types of engagements with SMU faculty and administration.

Toh Kim Kee and Stephanie Ng from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Libraries presented on ScholarBank@NUS. From just having electronic theses and dissertations in the repository, they moved on to staff publications, music recordings and patents. They faced challenges in harvesting and cleaning the records of NUS staff publications (mainly journal articles and conference papers). The team used the bibliographic data from Scopus to help them and they also talked about how they overcame additional issues.

Jean-Gabriel Bankier, President & CEO of bepress participated in the panel discussion with the other speakers. He contributed his views on open access and its impact on the research community.

The presentations from the event are open access and available from InK. <>

Some pictures from the event:
Prof. Richard Clements shared on Utah State University repository.

PP thanking contributors
Yeo Pin Pin thanked Toh Kim Kee, Richard Clement, Sharon Mader and Jean-Gabriel Bankier (bepress) for their contributions in making the event successful.

Reported by Yeo Pin Pin, Singapore Management University