Open Access Week, Oct. 24-30, 2011

October 21st, 2011 by Brian Lym

Not so long ago, the scholarly publication and communication cycle was an unbroken chain—researchers would have their work published in journals, academic libraries would subscribe to these journals, and the scholarly community would then get access to journals in the library.  With astronomically rising journal costs—especially in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, medicine), coupled with increasing monopolization of the publishing industry plus the  flattening or declining of library budgets nationally, a perfect storm has arisen.    To counter these trends, the research and academic library communities  early on have been championing alternatives to access to research literature—and this movement has culminated in international event, sponsored by SPARC  now in it’s fifth year:  Open Access Week,  Oct. 24-30, 2011.

At CUNY, there will be a series of events focusing on Open Access issues during Oct. 24-30 week.  Hunter College is hosting Open Access Publishing in the Sciences at the Gene Center’s  Internet2 Video Collaboration Facility, 695 Park Avenue, Room HN 310 Oct. 27, 3-5pm.   The culminating program will be Open Access Scholarly Publishing as Thought and Action on Oct. 28, 5-7pm at the Graduate Center.  This final event,  to be held in conjunction with the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, is a panel that will address author rights and licensing.  Your are invited to attend!

And, to learn more about open access, take this  quiz on journal pricing.  Librarians at Brooklyn College created this Halloween-themed quiz which will really scare you!  And for more information about getting involved with Open Access at CUNY, go Open Access @ CUNY  

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