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Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: 
Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions

The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) is excited to announce that its 48th Conference, to be held from June 3 – 7, 2018 in beautiful Dominican Republic, will focus on the theme Open Access in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Directions.

Globally, Libraries, Archives and Museums are challenged to manage their operational budgets, engage their user communities, develop innovative services and function as a gateway to open access resources. Caribbean Libraries are not immune to these challenges. In this information society, open access technologies provide opportunities for Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museums to rise above these challenges and still achieve these respective goals.

Objective of the Conference

Through dynamic presentations, poster sessions, workshops and the exhibitors fair, the ACURIL XLVIII 2018 Conference seeks to:

• Open a discourse amongst Caribbean information professionals about the relevance of the open access movement and its future directions.

• Allow delegates to exchange information, experiences and best practices.

• Provide an opportunity for delegates to learn how to develop skills and competencies to use open access tools and technologies.

• Foster collaboration with ACURIL’s exhibitors and other stakeholders to develop new platforms to enhance service delivery.

• Establish a registry of open access projects in Caribbean Libraries, Archives and Museum

Conference Sub-Themes

Presentations will explore the debates in the Open Access (OA) field and provide interpretations and different perspectives on issues surrounding OA. The programme therefore aims to bring about Caribbean and global case studies on managing open access issues.

The ACURIL XLVIII 2018 Conference Programme will explore the following Sub-themes:

1. Open Access (OA): Global/Caribbean Context

Key topics: Experiences of publishers, informational professionals and other stakeholders in managing open access issues; Types of open access resources/initiatives that have been developed and are being used and managed to achieve institutional goals.

2. Open Access (OA): Policy, Strategy and Advocacy

Key topics: How is OA impacting on copyright, public rights, and intellectual rights?; Disaster management and preservation of digital content as a result of natural disasters; New media/social media and its relation to OA; Managing open access portfolios; Creating policies and workflows; Budgeting for open access; Academic ranking and open access.

3. Open Access (OA): Professional Development and User Education

Key topics: Quality control of open access resources and implications for user education; Open education: experiences in learning and opportunities for librarians; Grantsmanship: funding the enterprise.

4. Open Access (OA): Innovation and Trends

Key topics: Digital humanities; Data management; Open Journal Systems; Institutional repositories; Open source software usage/initiatives and management in libraries, archives and museums.