Open Access Week at the BLC

Open Access Week is now in its eighth year and many of the Boston Library Consortium member libraries are planning events for librarians, faculty, and students to celebrate the growing field of open access publishing and thereby increase access to and advancement of scholarly knowledge.

Among the specific activities planned are:

Boston University will be sponsoring a meeting for faculty and other interested parties to discuss the proposed open access opt-out policy, why BU is pursuing the policy, the changes it represents and plans for its implementation with a focus on promoting  faculty and student research. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd in the GSU Conference Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Second Floor. A reception will be held directly after in the Ziskind Lounge. Details are available here.

The MBLWHOI Library at Woods Hole is sponsoring a lunchtime discussion “Extending the Reach of Your Science” on Friday, Oct. 24th at 12:15pm at WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Smith Conference Room (across the street from the Woods Hole Market). See here for further details as well as a picture of their famous 2011 Open Access cake!

Following on to the “Generation Open” theme, Northeastern University has several events planned to celebrate OA Week, including, for the first time, one that features a student’s work.  A webcast on Monday that discusses the importance of students and early career researchers is followed on Wednesday by a hack-a-thon style session focused on editing and updating Wikipedia pages relating to the coverage or under-represented groups in Massachusetts and US history. These and other events are open to the public.  Details can be found here.

Tufts University is celebrating Open Access throughout the month - #Open October - with a series of workshops and other events.  The workshop entitled “Field Guide to Spotting Predatory Publishers” as well as the extensive series of events on research data management are among the highlights of their month-long celebrations.  Details are available here. 

UMass Amherst is hosting the well-known Open Access champion, Peter Suber, in a dialog on open access on Thursday, October 23rd, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, in 160A Events Hall West, Commonwealth Honors College.  Suber, the author of Open Access, is the director of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard, director of the Harvard Open Access Project, faculty fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and senior researcher at Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).  To further celebrate Open Access Week, the UMass Amherst Libraries will host a series of events relevant to open access, copyright and fair use, data sharing, electronic theses and dissertations, sustainability, and will celebrate their publishing services for open access journals and conferences.  All events are free and open to the public.  The theme this year, “Generation Open,” highlights the importance of students and early career researchers as advocates for change. The theme also explores how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. For the full schedule, see here.

UMass Medical School will kick off Open Access Week with a live webcast: “Generation Open” on Monday, October 20th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm at the Lamar Soutter Library classroom. Details are available here.