Several student groups from various institutions and organizations have compiled a statement containing what they believe are every student's rights when it comes to doing scholarly research. This lofty letter or declaration seems to mimic the universal declaration of human rights, except of course this has to do with research. The large majority of this declaration deals specifically with Open Access and how all copyrighted materials should be, or take the form of, Open Access works when it is being used by a student performing research. The main arguments for Open Access regard the benefits toward the advancement of scholarship, the prestige of scholars, and the enrichment of education.
The above article will be used to further the idea of the ideal librarian in the patron's minds. In particular, my essay will address university patron's (students and scholars). Using the Right to Research and citing its declaration will help to define what university students and scholars believe to be their rights when they are conducting research. Libraries are of course heavily relied upon when conducting serious scholarly research, thus the Right to Research doctrine should be something all libraries have in mind as an ideal scenario for their patrons.
Several student groups have issued a statement to jointly back the open access movement in which scholarly research is shared online and free. The student statement argues for open access as the best way to share knowledge. "Scholarly knowledge is part of the common wealth of humanity," says the statement. "Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the scholarly literature, despite advances in communications technology." The statement was endorsed by the American Medical Student Association, Student PIRGs, Students for Free Culture, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, the California Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council and the Trinity University Association of Student Representatives.