Libraries Hosts Webinars for Open Access Week – OHIO University Libraries

Libraries Hosts Webinars for Open Access Week

Authored by Araba Dawson-Andoh

The Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Community of Practice is participating in the 2017 Open Access (OA) week by hosting two webinars in Alden Library room 323: “Open Access Monographs,” Oct. 24 from 4-5 p.m.; and “What We Talk about When We Talk about Open Access,” Oct. 25 from 1-2 p.m.

According to SPARC, Open Access week, a global event in its tenth year, offers the academic and research community the opportunity to learn about “Open Access (OA) information, the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need…” with little or no limitations.

The webinars, offered in support of OA week, are free and open to the public and provide an opportunity for the OHIO community to continue to learn about Open Access publishing, its economic benefits to students and faculty, and to help inspire wider participation in the Libraries’ Open Access initiatives on campus—such as the Alt-Textbook Initiative that encourages faculty to explore alternatives to  using textbooks—and saves students money.

Please join us for these two OA webinars:

Open Access Monographs: Current Initiatives, Sustainable Models: Oct. 24 from 4-5 p.m. in Alden Library room 323

Faculty and librarians are invited to hear from representatives of various open monograph publishing initiatives: AAUP Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative; Lever Press; Knowledge Unlatched; Luminos; and the University of Ottawa Press. The panel, moderated by Kevin Smith, dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas, will discuss current economic models and the future of open access monographs. Each panelist will give a brief statement about their initiative, their editorial review process, their funding model, and their perspectives on the future of open access monographs.

What We Talk about When We Talk about Open Access: Oct. 25 from 1-2 p.m. in Alden Library room 323

Hosted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) the webinar is aimed toward librarians and staff. Presenter Maryam Fakouri, scholarly publishing outreach librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle, will talk about the following outcomes:

  • Defining open access in your own words, and explaining it effectively to audiences;
  • Understanding rationales for and against open access, and communicating the value of open access to its stakeholders;
  • And, becoming aware of the available examples of open access lessons and activities, and adapting them for presentations and classes.

For more information, contact Araba Dawson-Andoh, subject librarian for African studies and the social sciences.