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International Open Access Week 2014

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Multiple locations on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses—see description below for details
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Description

In conjunction with the international Open Access Week initiative, VCU Libraries presents a series of exciting open-access events that will be of interest to faculty, early career researchers, graduate and undergraduate students.

The events are free and open to all. Parking on the Monroe Park campus is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. Parking on the MCV campus is available for a fee in the 8th Street Parking Deck. If special accommodations are needed, please call Gregory Kimbrell, membership and events coordinator, at (804) 828-0593.

Continue to explore open access through this VCU Libraries research guide.

Schedule of Events

Oct. 20
noon–1:15 p.m.
Open Access Projects from Generation Open
James Branch Cabell Library, Second Floor Multipurpose Room, 901 Park Avenue

Capitalizing on this year's theme, "Generation Open," Nita Bryant, behavioral and social-sciences research librarian at VCU Libraries, showcases projects from an honors module that were designed to educate faculty and students about open access. Topics include what graduate students should know about open access, the global digital divide in access to research, predatory publishers, hitting paywalls after graduation, the need for open textbooks and a guide to publishing open-access articles for VCU researchers.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Soft drinks, chips and cookies will be provided.
Oct. 20
2–2:30 p.m.

Scholars Compass Demonstration
James Branch Cabell Library, Second Floor Multipurpose Room, 901 Park Avenue

Sam Byrd, digital-collections systems librarian at VCU Libraries, presents VCU's new open-access institutional repository, Scholars Compass, and discusses the many open-access publishing opportunities available for it, from published or unpublished articles to open-access journals.

Oct. 21
3–4 p.m.

The Digital Natives Are Getting Restless: The Student Voice of the Open Access Movement
James Branch Cabell Library, Second Floor Multipurpose Room, 901 Park Avenue

Citizenship in the digital age carries with it certain social responsibilities, including working to improve access to knowledge for everyone. This session begins with a video from the Right to Research Coalition demonstrating the power of student participation in the open-access movement. After the screening, we discuss the message and consider open access as a potentially valuable form of student-driven social action at VCU. This session is led by Dr. Laura Gogia of the VCU ALT Lab.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Oct. 22
noon–1 p.m.

National Institutes of Health and Public Access
Tompkins-McCaw Library, First Floor Conference Room, 509 North 12th Street

For anyone funded by the NIH or applying for an NIH grant, this overview of the NIH Public Access Policy includes the steps involved in complying with the policy and how to demonstrate compliance. This session is led by Lynne Turman, head of collections for Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Soft drinks, chips and cookies will be provided.

Oct. 22
4–5 p.m.

The Living Textbook Project
Kontos Medical Sciences Building, Rooms 104 & 105, 1217 East Marshall Street

The ever-increasing cost of higher education is unsustainable and adds an unfair economic burden on current and future generations. A significant fraction of this cost is associated with the required textbooks and related content. The Living Textbook project is aimed at creating a discussion within academia on how to leverage the open-access and creative-commons concepts to create text books for higher education that are both inexpensive and adaptive to the needs of changing technology. This session is led by Dr. Dayanjan S Wijesinghe, assistant professor of surgery in the VCU Division of Acute Care Surgical Services and assistant director of the VCU Lipidomics/Metabolomics Core Facility.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Oct. 23
noon–1 p.m.

Data Sharing Session and Scholars Compass Demonstration
Tompkins-McCaw Library, First Floor Conference Room, 509 North 12th Street

Margaret Henderson, director of research-data management at VCU Libraries, discusses the benefits of data sharing, open science and data-sharing policies. Following the session, Sam Byrd, digital-collections systems librarian at VCU Libraries, presents VCU's new open-access institutional repository, Scholars Compass, and discusses the many open-access publishing opportunities available for it, from published or unpublished articles to open-access journals.

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Soft drinks, chips and cookies will be provided.

Oct. 23
7–9:15 p.m.
The Internet's Own Boy Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
Academic Learning Commons, Room 2100, 1000 Floyd Ave.

The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of information activist Aaron Swartz. His groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with an aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with his taking his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story raises important questions about open access, internet technology and its relationship to our civil liberties. Jeff South, associate professor in VCU's Robertson School of Media and Culture, leads a brief discussion following the film.

Image: Cumulus clouds in fair weather, by Michael Jastremski

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VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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