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Purpose: This study aims to 1) determine investigators awareness of the NIH Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research, 2) identify potential barriers to participation, and 3) determine the resources and interventions that would support compliance. Subjects: The authors surveyed 128 University of New Mexico (UNM) investigators who received NIH funding in fiscal years 2003, 2004, and 2005. Methodology: NIH-funded investigators were identified using the UNM Contract and Grant Awards publication from fiscal years 2003, 2004, and 2005. An IRB-approved questionnaire was sent to investigators to survey their knowledge, acceptance, and compliance with the Policy. The survey ran for 45 days in June and July 2006. Two reminder messages were sent to investigators during this time. Results: Data will be collected through July and analyzed in August. The response rate as of July 18, 2006 is 40%. Discussion: The NIH Policy signaled a pronounced change in the expectations of NIH-funded investigators and created opportunities for libraries willing to be proactive in supporting the Policy. The Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC) developed the NIH Policy Task Force to make recommendations for supporting NIH-funded investigators' participation in the Policy. The survey results will guide the development of Policy-related marketing and educational campaigns at UNM.'

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NIH Enhanced Public Access Policy, University of New Mexico, survey, recommendations, library assistance, Health Sciences libraries, awareness, knowledge, compliance, NIH investigators


Poster delivered at the SCC/MLA Annual Meeting in College Station, TX, October 23, 2006.

The NIH Enhanced Public Access Policy at the University of New Mexico: Transforming Data into Action