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KU Libraries to host events in conjunction with international Open Access Week

Monday, September 27, 2010

This October, the University of Kansas Libraries will join more than 700 institutions from more than 55 countries around the world in celebrating innovations in open information sharing. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) organized the fourth annual Open Access Week, scheduled for October 18-24. Open Access Weekevents at KU will highlight the broad range of open access efforts and issues including publishing, copyright and KU’s new open access policy.

“KU is really at the forefront of this exciting Open Access movement,” said Ada Emmett, KU associate librarian for scholarly communication.

KU Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship will host a series of panels exploring the practical uses and benefits of open access. The panels will feature faculty and staff members with firsthand experience working with open access. KU events include:

  • Open Access Journals: What are They and What are They Good for?” Monday, October 18 at 2-3 p.m. Panel discussion with Brian Rosenblum, scholarly digital initiatives librarian; Stuart Day, chair of KU’s Spanish and Portuguese department; and Marc L. Greenberg, chair of KU’s Slavic languages & literatures department.
  • “Copyright 101 for Authors: Publication Agreements and Open Sharing.”Tuesday, October 19 at 10:30-11:30 a.m. Presentation with Town Peterson, distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and senior curator at KU’s Biodiversity Institute; Rachel Rolf, KU General Counsel; and Ada Emmett, associate librarian for scholarly communication.
  • Encore presentation of “Copyright 101 for Authors: Publication Agreements and Open Sharing.” Wednesday, October 20 at 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • What Can Open Access Do for Me? Personal Perspectives of KU Faculty.”Thursday, October 21 at 2:30-4:00 p.m. Panel discussion featuring Marc L. Greenberg; Town Peterson; Steve Goddard, professor and curator at the Spencer Museum of Art; and Andrew Torrance, associate professor, KU Law School.
  • “How to Be ‘Open:’” Practical Steps to Sharing Your Research.” Friday, October 22 at10:30-11:30 a.m. Discussion with Marianne Reed, KU Libraries digital information specialist; and Ada Emmett.

All events will be held in Watson Library, room 455. Refreshments will be served.

In 2009, KU’s Faculty Senate made KU the first public university in the United States to adopt an open access policy regarding faculty research published in peer-review journals.

“Providing widespread access to scholarly information extends the reach and potential impact of the research conducted at KU,” said Emmett. “Such exposure can help to invigorate research collaborations in a variety of fields and bring researchers together from all over the world. Greater access to scholarship creates new opportunities for engagement with citizen scholars and academics across the globe.”

Visit the Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright for more information.

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