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KU Libraries celebrate International Open Access Week with series of events

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The University of Kansas Libraries continue their role as a leader in the global Open Access Movement, as they join more than 900 institutions in over 100 countries providing week-long festivities in honor of scholarly innovations and open information sharing during International Open Access Week, Oct. 19-25. 

KU Libraries’ Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright will host a combination of lectures and events to engage students, faculty, and community members while examining the benefits and challenges of open access. This year’s theme, “Open for Collaboration,” highlights the overarching goal of open access: providing unrestricted public access to scholarship and research. The series is part of KU’s continued efforts to reduce barriers and create openness between scholars and community members across the globe.

Mary Roach, interim co-dean of KU Libraries, is optimistic that KU, the first public university in the United States to implement a faculty-led open access policy, will continue to provide innovation and leadership for open access services and outreach. “KU’s commitment to expanding open access has undoubtedly been a contributing factor to keeping KU at the forefront of the scholarly communication movement,” said Roach. “As open access policies grow, KU stands as a model of success, blazing a trail for other universities and institutions.”

A lecture by Martin Paul Eve will kick off the week of events on Friday, Oct. 16, entitled “Getting Humanities Research Published and Read: Transformations in the Publication Landscape.” The event will conclude with the announcement for the second annual Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication, awarded at the behest and in honor of David Shulenburger to a distinguished open access advocate.

Friday, October 16, 2015:

Getting Humanities Research Published and Read: Transformations in the Publication Landscape
Martin Paul Eve, senior lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., The Commons, Spooner Hall

The way in which humanities researchers publish their work is undergoing a profound transformation. The introduction of digital technologies that shift the cost of publishing to the labor to produce the first copy, rather than the actual dissemination, changes the research-publication landscape. Where previously scholars committed their work to journals that were printed and sold (to small audiences), with the advent of the internet and the world wide web comes the possibility of giving free access to anybody who is interested, not just to those who can pay.

In this talk, Eve will explore the contexts and controversies that sit behind so-called "open-access" publishing and present alternative models for the future of humanities research communication.

The event will conclude with the announcement for the second annual Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication.

Monday, October 19 - Friday, October 23, 2015:

The High Cost of Textbooks: Tell Us Your Experience
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Anschutz Library, Lobby

How much do you spend on textbooks? What's the most expensive textbook you ever bought? Have you ever dropped a class because of the cost of the text? We want to hear your story. Come to the Anschutz Lobby and write your experience down. We'll use the results to express the importance of open textbooks to the campus community.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015:

University Honors Program Open Access Trivia Event
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., The Commons, Spooner Hall

A student-led event, sponsored by the University Honors Program with support from KU Libraries, intended to familiarize students with the concept of open access and the research communication cycle. Door prizes and prizes for winners! Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in this team trivia event. Learn more by visiting:

Thursday, October 22, 2015: 

Perspectives on ‘open’: a dialogue about access, collaboration and career advancement​
Erin McKiernan, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and visiting scholar at the National Autonomous University of Mexico; Town Peterson, university distinguished professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and senior curator at the Biodiversity Institute
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., The Commons, Spooner Hall

Internationally known open access advocates Erin McKiernan and the University of Kansas’ own Distinguished Professor Town Peterson will discuss the benefits and potential concerns related to publishing ‘open,’ particularly for early career researchers and graduate students. Following their conversation, they will invite participation from the audience on these and other topics associated with open access.

Saturday, October 24, 2015: 

Ideate Lawrence 2015: Water
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., The Learning Studio in Anschutz Library

As the culminating event of KU’s International Open Access Week 2015, KU Libraries and its partners are holding an ideas challenge on water. The event, “Ideate Lawrence 2015: Water,” is free and open to the public, with no prior technical experience or knowledge needed.

The mission of Ideate Lawrence is to provide a venue in which to engage KU students, faculty, and researchers, as well as Lawrence-area community members, in the generation of new ideas regarding potential solutions for water-related problems facing the Lawrence area and beyond. This event will be followed by a hackathon, planned for the spring semester.

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