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Please join us November 15 for a review of Open Access Week 2011. Participants worldwide will come together for an online discussion to share successes, challenges, and great ideas taken from this year's celebration.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
1:00 – 2:00PM Eastern
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by November 14.

Open Access Week, a global event just concluding its fifth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access to research and scholarship, to share ideas with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in establishing Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of open-access publication, and more.

Register to participate and learn more about what you can do at openaccessweek.org.  

 

 

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Yes, let's. Thanks Marilyn. 

 

UW passed on doing formal programming this year and instead opted to put up an exhibit in a high-traffic area of our main library.  An advantage of the exhibit was that we had it up for five weeks, which made it easy for people to walk through it on their schedules.  We advertised it in the weekly campus faculty/staff newsletter, the Libraries weekly newsletter, and posted a note about it to the campus AAUP e-list.  We did not do as good a job as we would have liked advertising to our students, but because of the exhibit’s location it still seemed to have good student traffic.  The AAUP list posting drew three positive comments, two encouraging others to view the exhibit and one indicating that the instructor was having his students view the exhibit and then they would be discussing it in class.  While the exhibit took a LOT of time to put together, we feel it was a success.  Because of the way we put together the content, all or parts of it can potentially be repurposed.  We’re still trying to figure out the best way to make it available to others, but for a sample, see http://www.lib.washington.edu/scholpub/actions/oaweek-2011.

do you plan to leave that online "exhibit" up indefinitely?

 

Not indefinitely, but now for a significantly extended "run".  So it will be up in some form from early October thru late December.

Was it stolen?? : )

Great to hear the exhibit saw good student traffic! Did you hear any of the students' reactions? How did the class discussion on OA go?

Unfortunately, we didn't have much opportunity for feedback from ANYone who saw the exhibit, other than the faculty who posted to the AAUP elist or who those of us on the committee heard from individually.  We have not followed up with the geography faculty member who was going to have a discussion with his students in class, in part because we didn't know exactly when that discussion was going to happen, but we WILL follow up with him in the next week or so.

 

Can everyone hear ok?

The Right to Research Coalition had a very active Open Access Week with 2 webcasts, the launch of 5 new translations of our Open Access Flyer, and our new open publishing guide for students.

 

Our first webcast, “The State of Open Access and the Student Role in Creating Change,” featured Heather Joseph, SPARC’s Executive Director, who gave a good snapshot of the current state of Open Access as well as the student role within the Open Access movement.  It also featured Goldis Chami, a medical student at UBC and member of the R2RC steering committee, who discussed her experience leading the charge for a campus open access policy at UBC.

 

Our second webcast, “Open Access and the Impact of Open on Research,” featured John Wilbanks, the former VP for Science for Creative Commons and now a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, who addressed the revolutionary role open can play across the research process.  It also again featured Goldis Chami speaking to the student role in establishing an open access policy on campus.

 

Both webcasts went well and will be a very useful resource for students and those interested in working with students in the future.  Recordings of both webcasts will be made available shortly on our website.

 

The Right to Research Coalition also launched five new translations of our Open Access Flyer in Arabic, French, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.  These translations will help students around the world continue to raise awareness of Open Access and demonstrates the Right to Research Coalition's diverse, global membership.

 

The R2RC also launched a new open publishing guide for students that presents young researchers with the ways in which they can make their research openly available for the widest possible readership and lays out the benefits of doing so –  both as authors and as readers.  The guide has already proven quite popular and seen wide dissemination.

 

We also participated in a number of conferences during and around Open Access Week including the American Medical Students’ Association’s Global Health Symposium, the Open Science Summit, the American University Washington College of Law’s student-organized International Week, and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students’ National Conference.

 

Finally, many Right to Research Coalition members participated in Open Access Week and hosted events across North America, Europe, and Africa.

Nick, I REALLY like the relatively new "Optimize Your Publishing, Maximize Your Impact" flyer on the R2R site, in particular the publishing choice hierarchy on page three.  Extremely easy to walk students through their options.  VERY well done.

Thanks, Mel! It's great to hear that you're already putting the open publishing guide to use, and we'd love to hear any feedback you have as you use it with the students on your campus. Also, we hope it's something you can integrate into your new student orientation over the coming year!

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