Webcast invitation - UMich’s March Open Access Week: Lessons and Ideas

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UMich’s March Open Access Week: Lessons and Ideas
A SPARC Webcast
Thursday, April 30, 2009
12:00PM Pacific | 3:00PM Eastern
This one-hour event will be recorded

Inspired by Open Access Day 2008, the University of Michigan Library held their own week-long series of events in celebration of a local “Open Access Week” in March. The week was planned by an ad hoc committee of librarians that included Molly Kleinman, Copyright Specialist and Special Projects Librarian.

On April 30, Molly will join us to talk about why the library decided a comprehensive program on Open Access was important, how the team secured administrative support and funding, how they attracted faculty, students, and others to events across campus, what they learned and would do differently next time, what “Copyright Jeopardy” is, exactly, and share her thoughts in general. Participating in the Webcast is recommended for all who plan to or may celebrate Open Access Week in October.

A few of Molly’s views are featured on her blog at http://mollykleinman.com/2009/03/30/lessons-from-open-access-week, including:

“Now that I’ve had a little time to catch my breath and look back, I’m realizing that OA Week gave me a much-needed opportunity to refine and reflect on my thinking about open access. Over the course of the week, I learned a few valuable lessons, and even changed my mind about a couple of things.”

“In the past, I have argued that Open Access outreach programs targeting students are misguided, because undergrads have nothing to do with any part of the publishing process… now I believe it’s worth a shot.”

“We in libraries often get bogged down in the numbers, the line graphs that show the skyrocketing prices of journals relative to inflation, the mundanities of our stagnant or shrinking budgets. We believe these fiscal arguments should resonate with faculty, and sometimes they do, but there is nothing terribly inspiring about a line graph. When we talk about the importance of Open Access, we should remember to speak not only about what is broken right now, but also the tantalizing possibilities for the Great Conversation that lies ahead.”

More information on Open Access Week at the University of Michigan is online at http://copyright.umich.edu/openaccessweek2009.html.

This Webcast is being held in preparation for Open Access Week 2009, October 19 – 23, 2009. This now-annual event, expanded from one day to a full week, presents an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. 120 campuses in 27 countries celebrated Open Access Day in 2008.

This year’s program will highlight educational resources on Open Access that local hosts can use to customize their own programs to suit local audiences and time zones. Open Access Week is being organized by SPARC, the Public Library of Science, Students for FreeCulture, eIFL, OASIS, and the Open Access Directory. To register to participate in Open Access Week, or for more information, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org.

Please join us.

UMich’s March Open Access Week: Lessons and Ideas
A SPARC Webcast
Thursday, April 30, 2009
12:00PM Pacific | 3:00PM Eastern
This one-hour event will be recorded.

Questions or comments may be directed to Jennifer McLennan, SPARC’s Director of Communications, through jennifer [at] arl [dot] org.