Mark Your Calendar: International Open Access Week, October 25-31, 2021!

Join the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Library staff in recognizing International Open Access Week being held October 25-31, 2021. This year’s theme, “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity,” partners well with the release of UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

International Open Access Week, a global event is an opportunity for librarians and information professionals to engage with their communities about the benefits of open access and to increase awareness of the role open access plays in the scholarly communication landscape.

In support of Open Access, we will be featuring five open access publications by MSK authors and will share one each day (Monday to Friday) as a Today’s Science Sparks on the Library Website. You can also browse the Today’s Science Sparks’ archives to find other open access articles.

I would like to highlight Plan S, supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funders with a tagline that states “Making full & immediate Open Access a reality.” The plan requires that scientific publications resulting from research funded by public grants be published in compliant open access journals or platforms. To better understand this movement, check out the Plan S Principles.

You can also discover which open access journal titles MSK authors publish in by looking for the orange open access button in a Synapse work record. If you see the button in a record, this confirms the journal is open access. Synapse is our public-facing and authoritative bibliographic database showcasing the intellectual output of all our researchers.

If you want to participate in the open access week experience, you can follow the conversation on Twitter, as well as share your thoughts. Don’t forget to include the official hashtag — #OAWeek. 

If you have any questions about Open Access, don’t hesitate to ASK US.

Donna Gibson
Director, Library Services

Let’s Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month!

Before the month comes to an end, I’d like to take a moment to let you know that October is National Medical Librarians Month. This month is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Library team who continue to provide specialized library support to our physicians, nurses, students, and other healthcare professionals across the Center and all locations. This year’s theme is, Avoid Misinformation! Take the Right Path: Partner with your Medical Librarian. 

If you have a story to share where a Library staff member was helpful, feel free to let me know. You can also reach out should you want to discover how we can support your work. 

Donna Gibson
Director, Library Services

Attention MSK Staff: We Need Your Feedback!

COVID-19 has had an impact on the way we work and interact with our colleagues and user communities. The MSK Library is taking time to re-examine our operations and current service offerings. To help develop our strategic plan and roadmap for the next three years, we are seeking feedback from MSK staff.  

The survey will take about five minutes to complete and will close on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Click here to enter: 
Client Feedback Survey

As a token of our appreciation, MSK staff who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of three gifts (iPad Mini, or one of two $100 Amazon gift cards).

If you have any additional thoughts, feel free to reach out to me!

Donna Gibson
Director, Library Services