Interviews Open Science

Libraries: central nodes for scientific collaboration and research

Viorica Lupu
Viorica Lupu

Interview with Viorica Lupu, Director of the Scientific Library, Technical University of Moldova.

Viorica was one of the invited speakers at the ‘Libraries as enablers of scientific research’ two-day workshop, organised under the auspices of the EaPConnect Project, that gathered speakers and participants from 11 countries in Tbilisi at the National Science Library of Georgia earlier on this year.

Viorica, what was the topic and the main message of your talk?

My presentation ‘The Role of Academic Libraries in the Open Science Landscape in the Republic of Moldova’ (co-authored with Ina Nicuță of the Scientific Library of the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova) gave an overview of how the Moldovan university libraries contribute to the implementation of the Open Science paradigm. In order to remain competitive in the diverse and complex research landscape, academic libraries first started to develop demand-oriented services and try to support researchers throughout the whole research cycle. Serving as central nodes for scientific collaboration and research, the Moldovan academic libraries are involved as key players in the Open Science movement through awareness activities, advocacy, development of institutional repositories, open educational resources, research data management, assistance and training.

How do you see the role of libraries in the context and support of scientific research and Open Science?

Libraries are integral to the support and advancement of scientific research and Open Science. They serve as hubs of knowledge, information sharing, and collaboration, helping researchers to navigate the complexities of the modern research landscape while promoting the principles of openness, accessibility, and transparency which are central to Open Science.
Libraries can assist researchers in managing their scientific data effectively. They can provide guidance on data management plans, storage solutions, metadata standards, and data sharing practices. This is crucial because sharing research data is a fundamental necessity in Open Science.

To read the full interview visit the EaPConnect Project website.

The EaPConnect project delivers digital infrastructure and solutions to the research and education communities in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia,  Moldova and Ukraine.

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