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CDU Librarian takes to international stage

By Jane Hampson

Jayshree Mamtora, Mr Diljit Singh and Ms Tina Yang at the IFLA conference, Lyon, France Jayshree Mamtora, Mr Diljit Singh and Ms Tina Yang at the IFLA conference, Lyon, France

A paper presented at an international conference by a CDU Librarian and her counterparts from two of South-east Asia’s leading universities has highlighted the challenges and opportunities in developing open access repositories for academic research.

“The Development of Open Access Repositories in the Asia-Oceania Region: A Case Study of Three Institutions” was a collaboration between Ms Jayshree Mamtora, Library Research Service Coordinator at CDU’s Casuarina campus, Ms Tina Yang, from The University of Hong Kong Libraries and Mr Diljit Singh from the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The paper was presented at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Conference in Lyon, France in August.

The paper highlights the institutions' experience in developing online research repositories, and also touches on the enormous benefits for researchers, academics and the general public in having free and open access to research findings.

“Research can have a much bigger impact when it’s freely accessible, with an increasing number of studies demonstrating the strong relationship between open access works and citations," Ms Mamtora said.

The university’s institutional repository, known as CDU eSpace, is managed by the Library.

“University policy now requires all scholarly outputs to be uploaded into CDU eSpace. Library staff will be able to help researchers with this process and will liaise further with them when the works are eligible to be made open access."

View the Conference paper at W: