“All large scale movements produce by-products and bring in spin-offs. Open Access Movement (OAM) is not exceptional. Movements give rise to regulation, new rules & legislation, reformation and new trends in management,” opined UNESCO expert L.J. Haravu.

He was delivering a special talk organised as part of Open Access Week Celebration by Mysore Librarians and Information Scientists Association (MyLISA) at Mahajana’s First Grade College here recently.

Haravu elaborately spoke on the philosophy of Open Access Movement and highlighted the current trends in library movements in the area of library automation, open source software adoption, development of institutional archives, digitisation, etc.

He further said, indirectly, common man becomes recipient of many benefits though not having direct stake in Open Access Movement.

The talk substantiated the impact of OAM in journal publication activity and scholarly research in various domains including medicine, biotechnology, nanotechnology and other pure sciences which made a great impact in sharing research findings on Open Platform.

The speaker pointed out that subscriptions to scholarly journals have inflated by 200 to 250% in the last 25 years and the main cause is attributed to rapid increase in scholarly effective communication through publication in multi-disciplinary areas.

Giving an overview about various other movements in library scenario, Haravu said librarians should take an active role in building the institutional intellectual archiving process and make it available on Open Access, which will bring the visibility to the Indian research in general and for their institution, in particular.

MyLISA also felicitated Asha, G. Vijaya Nag and Shivakumar, the young library professionals and MyLISA members for having successfully completed the University Grant Commissions’ National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET).

MyLISA office-bearers, library professionals from Mysore and Bangalore were present during the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore