KU Libraries to celebrate open access throughout October

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The University of Kansas Libraries continue their role as a leader in the global open access movement during International Open Access Week, Oct. 24-30. Honoring this year’s theme of “Open in Action,” KU Libraries are extending the celebration throughout October with resources and events that support openness for KU scholarship.

The libraries’ Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright will host events to provide students, faculty and community members the opportunity to examine the benefits and challenges of open access. These events are part of KU’s long-standing effort to reduce barriers to scholarly information and facilitate openness between and among scholars, professionals, policy makers, and the global public.

“This is the sixth year that KU Libraries will host events supporting International Open Access Week—joining hundreds of universities and institutions around the world honoring their local and global commitment to the open sharing of the fruits of scholarship,” said Ada Emmett, director of the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright. “I am proud of our collective efforts to support open access initiatives and the strong lineup of speakers and events our team has shaped.”

A lecture by April Hathcock, scholarly communications librarian from New York University, will kick off the month’s events on Thursday, Oct. 6, entitled “Opening Up the Margins.” Known for exploring the intersections of social justice and open access, Hathcock’s lecture will explore the importance of including marginalized voices in scholarly discourse.

“The events being sponsored this fall by the Shulenburger Office will significantly deepen and enrich the conversation about open access” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries. “These events take the conversation in new, creative and exciting directions that should appeal to scholars from a wide variety of perspectives.”

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 6, 2016:

Opening Up the Margins
April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian, NYU
10–11:30 a.m., The Commons, Spooner Hall

The open access movement has helped to make scholarly materials more widely available to researchers across the globe. It has also helped to open the doors for scholars who are often excluded from scholarly discourse to participate in forming the scholarly record. This keynote will explore ways to bring in voices from the margins and efforts we can make to ensure that commonly marginalized voices are welcomed into the mainstream of scholarly discourse.

April Hathcock is the scholarly communications librarian at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in librarianship, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016:

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz –film screening & discussion
6 – 8:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library Auditorium

How are social justice and the economics of information access intertwined? Join us for a screening of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, and then stay for a discussion of open access to scholarly research led by Josh Bolick, scholarly communications librarian at KU. Co-sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library and KU Libraries' Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright.

In addition to these Open Access Week events, KU will host an Open Access Symposium: Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs, November 17-18. Participating panelists and viewers will discuss a fundamental question to the open access movement: To what extent can a global academic community create an open access publishing system that is without costs to readers or authors? More information can be found at openaccess.ku.edu/symposium.

The Shulenburger Office has created a guide that outlines three simple actions that researchers can take to increase the openness and visibility of their research during the month of October and beyond. These steps include carefully reading and understanding publication agreements, archiving your work in KU ScholarWorks and registering for a free ORCID identifier.

Find out more about open access at KU at openaccess.ku.edu

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