In conjunction with the international Open Access Week initiative, VCU Libraries presents several 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 Street, West 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, events and programs coordinator, at (804) 828-0593.
James Branch Cabell Library 901 Park Ave. First floor, beside the elevators
VCU Libraries Is Open for Collaboration: Interactive Lego Brick Project
Cabell Library has Legos! Build something new with Lego bricks, or remix and reuse what others have already created. Then take a picture of your creation, share it and tag it with #vculegobuild.
No one can create something new without being inspired by or building on something old. Creativity is a collaborative act. Sharing what you create encourages future collaboration and enables others to create something new. Sharing is especially important when it comes to scholarly creations. The results of research and scholarship should be as accessible as possible. This encourages the kinds of creativity and collaboration that lead to new discoveries and advances in knowledge.
Oct. 19 noon–1 p.m.
James Branch Cabell Library 901 Park Ave. Second-floor Multipurpose Room (250)
Taking Open Access to the Next Level: Hosting Journals and Conference Proceedings with Scholars Compass
This event will highlight the potential for hosting open-access journals and conference and other event proceedings through VCU's institutional repository, Scholars Compass. The discussion will feature two speakers. Melanie Buffington (Associate Professor of Art Education, VCU School of the Arts) is editor of the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, the first open-access journal made available on Scholars Compass. Audrey Trussel (Assistant to the Vice Provost, Division of Community Engagement) worked closely with Scholars Compass librarians to make content from the division's Community-Engaged Research Institute and Service-Learning Institute openly available online. The event will serve as an introduction to Scholars Compass for those who are unfamiliar with it, and will be especially interesting to those who play a role in the production of journals or other publications, those who are involved in planning conferences, symposia, or other scholarly events, and those who are interested in making these kinds of content more widely available.
Oct. 22 noon–1 p.m.
Tompkins McCaw Library for the Health Sciences 509 North 12th St. First-floor Conference Room
Are You Ready for Public Access to Your Research? What You Need to Know to Comply with New Federal Policies
Margaret Henderson (Director of Research Data Management, VCU Libraries) and Hillary Miller (Scholarly Communications Outreach Librarian, VCU Libraries) will address the 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo directing federal government agencies with more than $100M in research and development expenditures to support public access to research publications and better data management. As a result, many agencies have released new policies for researchers who receive grant funding. This event will provide attendees with an overview of the specific policies that have been released, the steps they need to take to comply, where to find more information and the resources and services VCU Libraries can offer in support of public-access compliance.
Image: Cumulus clouds in fair weather, by Michael Jastremski