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Open Access Week: A Key to Unlocking Scholarship

Dates: October 19, 2009 - October 23, 2009

Location:   Various campus locations

Contact: Dan Lee

Cost: Free


 During Open Access week, Oct. 19 -23, academic institutions around the globe explore Open Access — the ideal of free, full-text, immediate, online access to peer-reviewed scholarship so news, ideas and information can be obtained rapidly and freely by everyone. The Open Access movement seeks to address the untenable situation that scholars, students and society face as the skyrocketing cost of journal subscriptions jeopardizes access to scholarly works. The Open Access movement supports removing price and permission barriers so that scholarly works can have greater impact because they will be easier to find, reach a greater audience, and accelerate the pace of research. Open Access embraces new forms of scholarship that a networked electronic environment are making possible, including peer-reviewed ejournals, ebooks, virtual communities of scholars, thematic research collections, and peer-reviewed encyclopedias.

The University Libraries will be hosting two lectures featuring nationally known scholars during its celebration of Open Access Week.

 -- David Shulenburger will give a lecture titled "The Research University Imperative to Distribute Scholarly Materials" on Oct. 20, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Kiva Room at the Student Union. Shulenburger is the first Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and his research focuses on the economics of scholarly communications and universities.

Shulenburger’s lecture will be followed by comments from University of Arizona faculty:
-    James Wyant, Dean, College of Optical Sciences and president-elect of the Optical Society of America
-    Joseph Wilder, Director of the Southwest Studies Center and editor of Journal of the Southwest

 -- David Wiley will explore "The Broader Impacts of Openness on Education" on Oct. 23 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in RoomA313/314 at the Main Library. Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, Chief Openness Officer of Flat World Knowledge, and Founder of the Open High School of Utah.

Wiley’s lecture will be followed by comments from University of Arizona faculty and students:
-    Mark Riley, Department Head, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
-    Katherine Weingartner, ASUA Senator

Related UA News article: Upcoming Events Focusing on Open Access of Information

For more information on the Students Right to Research, please visit the Open Students site http://www.righttoresearch.org/

For more information, please visit http://www.openaccessweek.org