Open Access Week Events at Providence College

Posted by: on October 16, 2014   |Comments (0)|Open Access


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.

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



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Posted by: on October 16, 2014   |Comments (0)|Open Access