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Five Key Moments in the Open Access Movement in the Last Ten Years

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This week, the library and information community along with others in academia are celebrating International Open Access Week. In a post on the Oxford University Press (OUP) blog, OUP publisher Rhodri Jackson lists five key open access to research events since OUP’s beginning participation in the Open Access (OA) Movement: 1) Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) converts to OA in 2004/05; 2) the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandate OA in 2008 to NIH-funded research; 3) Springer buys BioMed Central (BMC) in 2008; 4) Public Library of Science (PLOS) ONE‘s growth in 2007; and 5) The ‘Finch’ Report in 2012, positively impacting OA.

For details on each of the five listed events, see Jackson’s full post here.

Open Access Week Events at Providence College


In celebration of Open Access Week, a SPARC-organized international series of events recognizing open access initiatives and issues, Digital Publishing Services will be offering several open access-related events to the Providence College community. Open access is an umbrella term referring to any online resources, scholarship, or projects that are shared publicly without requiring a paid subscription or institutional affiliation. The importance of open access initiatives is that they are developed and operated in the interest of free knowledge. Here are the Open Access Week 2014 events that will be held in the Phillips Memorial Library:

World Bank and SPARC Announce Open Access Week
Monday, October 20; 3:00 pm – ­ 4:00 pm
Library eClassroom

SPARC and the World Bank will co-host the official kickoff event for International Open Access Week 2014. The program will focus on this year’s theme of “Generation Open.” Speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

Open Access Drop-In
Wednesday, October 22; 11:00 am ­- 1:00 pm
Library Entryway

Drop in anytime between 11am-1pm to to learn more about:

  • Digital Commons
  • SelectedWorks
  • Open Access (OA)
  • How you can get involved

Light (open access-themed!) refreshments will be served!

ACRL Presents – Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives at Academic Libraries
Thursday, October 23; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location TBD

There are many ways that academic librarians are engaging with their communities around issues of open access and scholarly communication – collaborations with faculty, students and administration are key to understanding user perspectives and to building advocacy.  This webcast will present examples of scholarly communication and open access initiatives at a variety of academic libraries across the country.  Join us to learn how your colleagues are engaging with their communities around issues of author rights, open access, open educational resources, and more.

Film Screening and Discussion: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Friday, October 24; 2:30 pm –  4:00 pm
Library eClassroom

Join us for a screening and discussion of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.. The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

To view the full schedule, visit http://digitalcommons.providence.edu/oaw/2014/.

Hope to see you in the Library for these interesting events!



Inti Celebrates 40 Years


This Fall, the Inti journal celebrates 40 years of publication. Inti was founded by Roger Carmosino, Professor of Foreign Language Studies at Providence College, in November of 1974 at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. Since that time, for 40 … [Continue reading]

Free Audio Resources without Copyright Restrictions

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Did you know that there are many ways to find free music and sounds effects licensed for re-use online?  This recent blog post from Free Technology for Teachers shares some such sites.  These tools are helpful in many ways, including using sound … [Continue reading]

TAPAS public launch


    An exciting project from Northeastern, TAPAS (TEI Archiving Publishing and Access Service), is set to launch publicly October 1st! TAPAS is an open source, low cost, and collaborative repository service for TEI data. Users … [Continue reading]

LC Shares Free, Interactive eBooks

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The Library of Congress recently made available six interactive ebooks for use by educators, students, and the public.  The books, referred to as the Student Discovery Set, cover a range of topics including: the Constitution, the Dust Bowl,the Harlem … [Continue reading]

Shepard Fairey: A Case of Fair Use


In mid-August, my colleagues and I completed a MOOC on Copyright for Librarians & Educators.  The course was presented by Duke University. A topic widely discussed and debated in both the lectures and forums was the issue of fair use. Fair use … [Continue reading]

Welcome Back, From DPS!


Image courtesy of Tulane University's Public Relations Department. Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic. Students and faculty are starting to arrive at campus for the upcoming academic year and we at DPS thought it would be nice to … [Continue reading]

New Media Hub Tutorials!

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Digital Publishing Services has been working hard this summer creating new Media Hub video tutorials.  These tutorials emphasize equipment that is available for use in the library, or can be loaned out via the circulation desk.  Three tutorials have … [Continue reading]

Dorr Rebellion Lesson Plans

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Did you know that in addition to the documentary, the gallery, and the letters, the Dorr Rebellion Project web site also contains five lesson plans for use in the high school or post-secondary classroom? The plans can be used independently or … [Continue reading]

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