I’ve worked for the last 8 years as a reference librarian in the academic library of medicine & pharmacy of Grenoble (France).
I am mainly in charge of dealing with health thesis. Many of them are now available online on the DUMAS open archive. Click on the link and have a look if you dare! :-)
Why do I think libraries are important?
For many reasons, one of them being that libraries offer a free access to information and culture.
My challenge or focus
In these dark times when the budgets of French academic libraries are melting like snow in the spring, it seems fundamental for our profession to familiarize itself with the economy of knowledge. Subscription rates for scientific journals continue to rise dramatically, imposed by publishing multinationals making scandalous profits. Rather than cutting back on our book purchases in order to pay the bill, I believe that we should promote free access to scientific knowledge (also known as Open Access) in a much more determined way.
Needless to say, we have a lot to learn from our neighbors.
To cite only this example, the voluntarism of the University of Liège is particularly impressive!
Cycling for Libraries is a golden opportunity to observe the practices of our foreign colleagues and benefit from their feedback. I’m looking forward to seeing how Belgian colleagues are addressing this issue!
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