The Translational Sciences: A Rare Open Access Opportunity (Comment and Opinion) (National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy) (Viewpoint Essay)
Health sciences librarians serve society by making needed health-related information available to our users. The Medical Library Association’s (MLA’s) slogan, “Professionals providing quality information for improved health”; the 2010 revised MLA Code of Ethics ; and the American Library Association’s code of ethics  all reflect our profession’s central purpose. One formal research study on the core values of librarians and information professionals also verified that, on the international scale, our profession seeks to provide access to quality information . The pages of the Journal of the Medical Library Association have been alive in recent years with discussions of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy [4-7]. These discussions have included reports of impressive efforts by individual libraries to facilitate the NIH policy at the local level. While the current NIH public access policy might fall short of many health sciences librarians’ open access ideals, it appears to be the most viable mechanism in place to promote the public availability of federally funded research articles in health-related subject domains.