Monday, October 18, 2010

Open Access Week at University of Redlands

This week the University of Redlands joins many academic institutions around the world in celebrating Open Access Week from October 18-22. This event brings together a diverse coalition of students, faculty, researchers and other global citizens interested in promoting equitable access to scholarly information.

Access to scholarly journals and articles is a major focus of Open Access Week, and rightly so. But Open Access, and the innovation it makes possible, has broader implications for our society beyond the halls of academia, as the events we've scheduled this week make clear.

At tonight's keynote lecture, DJ, activist, Students for Free Culture board member and USC Annenberg School graduate student Kevin Driscoll spoke to the UoR community in the Casa Loma Room about intersections between the Free Culture movement and Open Access. We'll post more information about the event here for those who had to miss it.

SPARC, a Washington-based international library alliance, has put together a short video introduction to Open Access Week and the Open Access (OA) movement, featuring several renowned scientists including Dr. Harold Varmus. Take a look!

Open Access Week 2010 from SPARC on Vimeo.

Are you curious about the OA movement now? Want to know how you can put the power of Open Access to work in your own research, scholarship or everyday information-seeking? Stop by the Open Access Week booth during lunch hour and talk with our librarians.

Wondering how open source software fits in with all of this? Attend the Ubuntu 10.10 Launch Party hosted by Mark Holmquist in CLS 99, Jones Computing Center this Thursday, October 21 from 12-6 pm to find out.

Keep watching this blog for more information on the Open Access movement throughout the week!

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