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Open Access Week events promote restriction-free literature

Modified: October 16, 2015
Open Access Week October 19-25

During international Open Access Week, Oct. 19-25, Northwestern libraries plan a number of events to raise awareness of open access literature, which is free, digital, and unrestricted by most copyright and licensing. Open access eschews the traditional subscription model of academic publishing by making research as widely available as possible in the name of innovation and educational enrichment. 

Events scheduled for this year are:

Collaboration in Building and Using Avalon
Debs Cane, repository community manager, Northwestern Libraries
Monday, Oct. 19 11a.m. – noon
Forum Room, University Library

Join us to discuss how collaboration works for the Avalon Media System team across two universities, how the Libraries use an agile method for development and how the new features of our latest release give users a better chance to collaborate with media for research and in the classroom.  

 Open for Collaboration: Library/Press Partnerships for Open Access

Liz Hamilton, intellectual property specialist, Northwestern Libraries
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2– 3 p.m.
Forum Room, University Library

This talk will highlight library/press collaborations at various universities that support open access, including preservation projects; peer-reviewed online journals; digital archives of press backlist titles; institutional repository space for supplementary materials for printed books; and websites. Projects like these give faculty research greater visibility, and allow for more dynamic content than traditional monographs provide. 

Copyright Law and your Rights (and Obligations) as an Author
George Pike, director, Pritzker Legal Research Center
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Forum Room, University Library
A talk on author rights, followed by a workshop for participants to bring their own author contracts for discussion and critique.

Galter Library Digital Hub

Next week, the Galter Health Sciences Library at the Feinberg School of Medicine opens its digital repository, which will provide open access to the scholarly output of faculty and scientists. The repository will help Northwestern Medicine researchers become more discoverable by the worldwide scholarly community.                                                                             

The Galter Health Sciences Library will also use the repository to increase awareness of open access content, promote scholarship and the expertise of scientists at Northwestern Medicine, and support community engagement with non-traditional scholarly output. The open-source architecture that supports the repository is based on the Fedora/Hydra stack repository solution, used by institutions worldwide. Learn more at DigitalHub@northwestern.edu

Open Access Fund helps faculty publish

As always, Northwestern University Libraries’ Open Access Fund remains available to applicants who want to disseminate their articles in peer-reviewed, open access journals. The fund is dedicated to “gold” access, the least restrictive form of dissemination that is freely available, with no embargo. Northwestern authors with no other source of funding to publish in such journals can apply to have their fees covered by filling out this form. For more information on the pilot fund, see the Library’s LibGuide or ask questions of our open access experts via e-mail.

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