Open Access Week @ Iowa State University

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October 20 – 24 is International Open Access Week. As ISU’s Scholarly Communication Team, we are leading this year’s celebration on campus. Open Access Week provides a week-long opportunity to discuss the Open Access movement, to investigate ways to increase the public accessibility of research, and to advocate for innovative updates to systems of scholarly publishing. We hope through this year’s organized efforts, we can begin, and strengthen, these conversations on campus.

Events on campus: 

Open Access & the Land-grant Mission: Discussion Panel
Memorial Union Sun Room
Tuesday, October 21st 6:30pm

Join us for an evening discussing publically accessible Iowa State research. Hear from current and former ISU researchers, including faculty from School of Education, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis. This event is co-sponsored by the Vice President for Research. Open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Listen to Wikipedia 
Parks Library Room 192
Monday, October 20 // Wednesday, October 22  1:30-3:00pm
Tuesday, October 21 // Thursday, October 23 // Friday, October 24  11:30am-1:30pm

Wikipedia is perhaps one of the most famous open resources. Anyone can read the content on Wikipedia and anyone can contribute (with little limitations). Come and see AND HEAR, in real-time, how human knowledge is being captured in this open resource. Listen to Wikipedia is a project developed from Wikipedia’s own open data. You won’t want to miss this experience.

Stop by the library!
All Libraries, World-Wide

Long before the Open Access Movement had a name, libraries–especially public libraries–sought to make books, information, and knowledge accessible to ALL. This access was not dependent on wealth or status. It is with this spirit that libraries remain an important part of communities. While libraries and librarians occasionally face resistance, often tied up in licensing agreements with information vendors, accessibility remains the goal. Access to information is a right. Stop by any library this week. Stay informed.