On October 28, within the framework of Open Access Week, the team of the Public Administration Academy of RA participated in the discussion held at the American University of Armenia. The main purpose of the event was to present the “Development of an Open Access Publishing Model in the Libraries of the American University of Armenia and the Public Administration Academy of RA” (OAPA) project.
Prior to this, Satenik (Bella) Avagyan, Director of the AGBU Papazyan Library of AUA, talked about the purpose and advantages of open access, and presented what the institutional repository is. She noted that the project participants are pioneers of the open access process, and their main goal is to work with students and lecturers of Armenia and to make their academic product available to the public.
On the way to achieving that goal, firstly it is necessary to explain to research practitioners the benefits of making digital work available to the public, and in particular to increase their visibility.
Creating and operating open access institutional repositories must be consistent with copyright protection. The consent of the authors of the articles is required for posting on the digital platform. Hasmik Galstyan, coordinator of the AGBU Papazyan Library Service, coordinator of the EIFL-IP Open Access Program in Armenia, informed the partners about this. She said that open access and copyright do not contradict each other, just that a digital platform must have a well-developed strategy for making scientific products legally accessible.
The program was presented by Tatev Zargaryan (Librarian for the Library and System of Electronic Services Programs at the AUA “Papazyan” Library of, and Tereza Khechoyan (Vice-Rector for External Relations of the Public Administration Academy of RA).
Mrs. Khechoyan informed that the Academy has already developed the relevant documents, the form of agreement, the possibilities of withdrawal and prohibition. A lot of work has been done to raise awareness of the latter at the Academy since the launch of the project. Surveys among PhD students and researchers have shown that their interest in open access is gradually increasing.
The American University of Armenia has developed library guidelines on open access presented by Araz Markosyan, Librarian at the University Library Services Department.
Anna Chulyan, Director of the Library of State University of Linguistic and Social Sciences after V. Brusov, presented the latest acquisition of their university library – “Capacity Building for Research Administration and Popular Science in Universities of Moldova and Armenia”.
During the discussions, they highlighted the importance of developing national policy in the field of open access, exchange of work experience of libraries of individual universities, and resolution of the issues of copyright law.