Gema Santos

Gema Santos
Library for Research
Working areas: 
Open Access, Open Educational Resources (OER), Repositories, Training, Bibliographical searches, e-learning

How can Gema help you?

In the course of her daily work, she works alongside the researchers and assists them throughout their research cycle, helping them, for example, to find specialized information or to increase the visibility of their articles. She is the reference person for the Library's researcher training plan and bibliographical references service.

Gema is a strong advocate of open access and its role in research dissemination and transparency and she works to implement measures that promote it, in line with the Open Science UOC's strategy. In particular, she is the reference person for actions on open educational resources (OER).

In fact, she is an expert on the subject: she coordinates the Knowledge Resources expert group, within the EADTU (European Association of Distance Teaching Universities) university network's EMPOWER project, and also the OER working group in the Spanish University Libraries Network's (REBIUN) Repositories group. Gema is also a member of SPARC Europe's Network of Open Education Librarians.

Like her other colleagues at the Library, she also attends to the queries received by The Library Replies service and prepares dossiers with useful resources for understanding a given argument.

Education and professional career

She holds a doctoral degree in Information Science in the Knowledge Society from the University of Barcelona and the University Master’s Degree in the Information and Knowledge Society from the UOC. Her professional experience is as a documentalist, teacher and researcher; specifically in fields such as OER (open educational resources) – which was the subject of her doctoral thesis, open access, user behaviour and specialized information retrieval. She is currently adjunct professor at the University of Barcelona's Faculty of Library and Information Science.

She has worked in university libraries and documentation centres specialized in health and has also carried out study periods at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Open University libraries. At the UOC, she has been the Library's training and communication coordinator and also course instructor at the Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences.

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Personal interests

Her passion is travelling, discovering new worlds and different cultures. She also likes travel photography, indie music and dancing.