Mr. Eloy Rodrigues

Mr. Eloy Rodrigues
Director Documentation Services
University of Minho





Biography:

Eloy Rodrigues is the Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services. Having previously worked on digital library services, library training and information literacy, since 2003 much of his work has been focused on Open Access and Open Science, having established University of Minho institutional repository in 2003, and being the scientific and technical coordinator of RCAAP (Portugal Open Access Science Repository) since 2008. For almost two decades he is actively involved in several national initiatives and organizations, like the Portuguese Association of Librarians Documentalists and Archivists, or more recently the Working Group for the creation of the Portuguese network of academic libraries. At international level he has being working on various EU funded projects (like OpenAIRE, PASTEUR4OA and FOSTER), related with Open Access, and is member of the European University Association Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science. Eloy Rodrigues is currently the Chair of the Executive Board of COAR, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories.


Abstract:

Networking Portuguese academic libraries: past, present and future
Despite the lack of formal, institutionalized and permanent structures and organizations for library cooperation, Portuguese academic libraries, and especially academic librarians, have been networking and collaborating actively in the last decades. We will shortly present an overview of those activities along the time, and discuss the prospects for future developments. Reflecting the weaknesses of Portuguese Universities, until the end of the 20th century Portuguese academic libraries were, with few exceptions, very poorly resourced, with small and sometimes out-of-date collections (especially regarding serials), installed in old, small and inappropriate facilities, with a severe shortage of staff, and providing a limited set of services. The situation of Portuguese higher education has changed and improved significantly in the last two decades of 20th century, and the same happened in academic libraries, especially in the 90s and in the first decade of the current century.

In the context of the Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists (APBAD) there were already collaborations between academic librarians since the 70s, but it was only in the 90s that the first attempt to create a network of university libraries, in the context of the Rectors Council, was made, and failed.

In the last decade two significant initiatives, involving mainly academic libraries have emerged: the national consortium for “big deals” B-on in 2004, and the Portuguese Open Access initiative RCAAP in 2008.

In recent years the Academic Libraries Working Group of the professional association APBAD has been very active, producing relevant documents, and organizing successful events.

Currently the creation and functioning of a network of Portuguese academic libraries is being proposed and discussed.