The Open Access movement is a worldwide effort to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research--much of which is publicly funded. While Open Access promises to accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers, it also raises a number of questions and concerns.
VCU Libraries has organized a series of free and open programs designed to begin an in-depth conversation at VCU about Open Access publishing models during International Open Access Week.
Planned are an open forum on Open Access and sessions geared to researchers who manage data, NIH grantees and faculty and graduate students considering or wanting to learn more about Open Access publishing.
"In organizing these sessions and working with faculty on both campuses, I've discovered how complex this topic is for scholars and researchers," said Nita Bryant, Ph.D., a research librarian who is chairing the project for VCU Libraries.
"We expect these sessions will serve as a learning exchange that will bring forward concerns and questions that will help librarians--on the front lines of scholarly communication--learn what our faculty and graduate students need from us in terms of resources, support and further education."
- Open Data
Oct. 22, 3-4 p.m., Cabell Library, Room 250
- Open Access Publishing
Oct. 23, noon to 1 p.m., Cabell Library, Room 250
- What NIH Grantees Need to Know about Public Access
Oct. 24, noon to 1 p.m., Cabell Library, Room 250
- Open Forum on Open Access
Oct. 24, 4-5:30 p.m., Cabell Library, Room 250