The Wellcome Trust and Open Access: Changes and Challenges

16 June 2011
6pm to 9pm -Room 407, 30 Russell Square, WC1B 5DT

Abstract: TBC

Robert Kiley is Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library.  In this role Robert is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to deliver electronic services to the Library’s users – both in person and remote.  Key developments over the past few years include the Medical Journals Backfiles Digitisation Project, developing a Web Archiving programme, and ensuring that the Library’s automated systems are fully interoperable.

Currently, Robert is taking a leading role in the implementation of the Trust’s open access policy and as such is responsible for liaising with publishers with regard to the Trust’s OA policy.  Work has commenced on exploring the possibility of transforming UK PubMed Central ( into a single, Europe-wide OA repository for biomedical research papers.

Robert is also helping to scope out a major digitisation programme to provide free, universal access to the Wellcome Library’s unique and important collections.

Robert has written a number of books including ‘Medical information on the Internet: a guide for health professionals’ [Churchill Livingstone, 3rd edn. 2003], ‘The Doctor’s Guide to the Internet’ [RSM, 2001] ‘The Patient’s Internet Handbook’ [RSM 2002] and the ‘Nurses Internet Handbook [RSM, 2005]. Robert is a qualified librarian and an Associate Member of CILIP.


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