Boufarss, Mohamed, and J. Tuomas Harviainen. "Librarians as gate-openers in open access publishing: A case study in the United Arab Emirates." The Journal of Academic Librarianship 47.5 (2021).

This study presents the results of a survey among UAE librarians, which inquired into their awareness of Open Access (OA) transition routes, their use of different instruction methods to educate about OA resources and publishing; and their deployment of OA alongside the subscription-based products.

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As Open Access takes hold, librarians become not only content holding curators, but also custodians of knowledge, while effectively performing gate-keeping roles with regard to journal quality criteria, institutional repository management and dealing with multiple internal and external stakeholders. The concomitant disintermediation process not only facilitates direct user access to content collections, but also requires developing information literacy skills, re-intermediation processes for libraries as independent publication repositories and digital resource integration across access models.