This blog is a response to LIBR 534 Health Information Sources and Services a course run at UBC by the School of Archival and Information Studies.  On this blog I want to explore preconceived notions of the ‘health sciences’ and the implications of ‘open access’ in the organization of this field knowledge. I will approach this exploration from the perspective of a woman’s experience of the health care profession and I will intercut this with some vivid and visceral reflections on my personal experiences as a nurse which you can read on the ‘Nurse Jane’ page.    

Open Access refers to resources that are openly available to users with no requirements for authentication or payment.  Open Access is a publication model where in Copyright is only enforced to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. Open access also often includes the provision that the article or resource will be deposited in an open access repository committed to long-term preservation.See glossary. In terms of information exchange and dialogue ‘open access’ offers a new convivial perspective on information and intellectual property. Could that perspective be possibly more feminine?