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KU Libraries to host events as part of International Open Access Week

Monday, October 13, 2014

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will join more than 1,000 institutions from over 90 countries around the world in celebrating innovations in sharing scholarly information as part of the annual Open Access Week from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26. KU Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright will host a series of panels and presentations exploring the practical uses and benefits of open access.

The University of Kansas is a leader in the Open Access movement. 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. Lorraine J. Haricombe, dean of KU Libraries, hopes that events like Open Access Week will continue to raise awareness and drive scientific research toward broader accessibility

“The University of Kansas has made tremendous progress in establishing a high standard of open access at our university, and it is a vital asset that new information be widely available for faculty and researchers alike,” Haricombe said. “We, at KU Libraries, share a commitment to promoting open access university wide and globally, as its growth highlights the value and access to KU research.”


Keynote by Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier

The Open Access Revolution:  Expected and Unexpected Changes in the Research Landscape

Monday, Oct. 20, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., The Commons, Spooner Hall

Join University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research and Regents' Professor of Meteorology Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier for a presentation on the challenges of data sharing, open access and academic research. This presentation examines the challenges and opportunities associated with the open sharing of research data, including the definition of data, determination of what should be shared, assurance of proper use, relevance of reproducibility, and assignment of credit, cost and cost ownership. Views will be offered regarding the potential for open access to fundamentally transform the scholarship enterprise in ways both good and bad. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

SPARC Open Access Week Kickoff webinar

Monday, Oct. 20, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Watson Library, Room 455

This year's theme:  "Generation Open"

This is a forum for students and early career researchers to have a lively conversation with an expert panel representing research funders, university administrators, and scholarly societies, exploring how the transition to Open Access affects scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.   Learn more about this event at:

Graduate Student Pizza Lunch

Open Access for Improving Visibility and Impact

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Watson Library, Room 455

Graduate students are invited to join us for a pizza lunch and an informal discussion with two professors and a librarian regarding the global impact of open access, open access publishing, and ways to increase the visibility and impact of your research and scholarship. As the next generation of researchers, students will play a large role in determining whether the future of scientific and scholarly publishing is open to all or remains locked behind costly paywalls. The University of Kansas is a leader in the Open Access movement. As a KU student, you can join other students around the world who are actively working to make research and scholarly publications freely available. Bring your appetite and questions! RSVPs are encouraged:

Law faculty panel discussion

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Green Hall, Room 203

KU has a national reputation for its efforts to make scholarship Open Access.  The public and scholars both benefit when scholarship and other information resources are openly accessible. Please join us in welcoming three faculty from the KU School of Law who will speak about the personal and public advantages to using open access materials within their areas of research and scholarship. This event is free and open to the public.

Learn more about open access and KU’s full suite of Open Access Week events.

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