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We’ll Always Have Paris

October 17, 2017

“We’ll always have Paris.”  It is a famous line from the movie Casablanca, the title of a Star Trek Next Generation episode (1998), title of a book by Ray Bradbury (2009), and a song by the Commander Venus band (1997).  Paris, a wonderful place for many things, including a chance for me to further my professional development by presenting a paper at a library conference.

Earlier this month, (October 4-6th), the International Interlending and Document Supply (ILDS) division of the International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA) held its biannual conference in Paris, France at the Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC).  The theme this year was “No Library Left Behind: Cross-Border Resource Sharing.”  Attendees came from Australia, Canada, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Nepal, Netherland, Norway, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.  We came together to hear about topics ranging from international resource sharing, tools and methods of sharing, open access, staff development, technology and the networked world, special libraries and case studies of in the field implementation.

My presentation and paper, “Open Access and Hidden Factors: interlibrary loan of open access documents may not be as easy as it seems” discussed the use of open access  (OA) in document delivery workflow.  Specifically, I talked about how the factors of copyright, licensing, versions of record and ethics, though known in other aspects of interlibrary loan, are overlooked in the context of open access documents.  Overlooked because too many think that open access is synonymous with “free.”  However, once we look at the publisher’s role in OA, authors having various iterations of the same paper and pirate sites, “free” has definite restrictions.

The paper is forthcoming, to be published by ILDS in the conference proceedings.  I want to give special thanks to the Law Library Society of DC (LLSDC) for a grant which paid for my registration at the conference.  All other expenses were borne by me, as I had no other monetary assistance, so their generous grant helped to defray the cost.

**This post was authored by Lesliediana Jones, Research Librarian and Head of Document Services

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