It’s Open Access Week! Nay, Open Access Month! What Now?

(This post is a slight reworking of a post from the Graduate Center Library blog.)

This week, October 19-25, is International Open Access Week, an annual opportunity for students, faculty, and other researchers to learn about open access (OA) to scholarly literature, find out how to make their works OA, and help make OA the new norm in scholarship and research. (Read more about Open Access Week and about OA in general.)

Of course, CUNY is a very big place, and we like to think big. So here at CUNY, it’s not just Open Access Week but Open Access Month: Numerous CUNY librarians are making a point to promote understanding, acceptance, and adoption of OA alllll monnnnnth looooong. (Actually, we’re always happy to talk about OA — any day, any week, any month, any year!)

During Open Access Week/Month, you might hear about open access from many sources:

Once Open Access Week/Month has whetted your appetite for OA, join the Graduate Center Library for workshops addressing two key aspects of OA: Does my publisher allow me to share my work (i.e., make it OA)? And if so, how and where am I allowed to share it?

Find out the answers to these and other questions at the following workshops, each offered twice — click the links to learn more and RSVP (non-GC folks are welcome to attend too!):

And it’s not just the Graduate Center Library that’s offering workshops! See the calendar of CUNY events for Open Access Month and its aftermath (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the calendar) and avail yourself of an event on your campus or a campus that’s convenient for you!

International Open Access Week image
Graphic is adapted from this image, © Dimitar Poposki, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

OA MONTH – Events at CUNY

OCTOBER 14th
Using Open Educational Resources in the classroom: a panel discussion (panel at City Tech)

OCTOBER 20th
Open Scholarship Matters! (panel at City Tech)

OCTOBER 21st
Internet’s Own Boy (screening at City Tech)

OCTOBER 22nd
Internet’s Own Boy (screening at City Tech)

OCTOBER 23rd

CUNY Academic Works Workshop: Increase the Reach of your Research

Workshop Leaders: Prof. Megan Wacha, Scholarly Communications Librarian Office of Library Services  And  Prof. Jill Cirasella, Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication, Graduate Center Library

Location: The Graduate Center.  Room C196.03 (concourse level inside the library);  Time: 2:30-4:00; Please RSVP by October 20th to Alexandra de Luise at alexandra.deLuise@qc .cuny.edu

OCTOBER 27th

Who Owns Your Journal Article: You or the Publisher?  (6:30-8:00 pm Graduate Center)

October 28th

Who Owns Your Journal Article: You or the Publisher? ( 1:00 – 2:30 pm Graduate Center)

November 2nd

Leveraging Open Ed Resources in the Classroom and Beyond: an OER Panel Discussion (METRO and ACRL/NY)

NOVEMBER 5th
Academic Works: Repository for Lehman Scholarship and Creative Work (Information session at Lehman College)

October is Open Access Month

The LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable has organized resources to support events at CUNY Libraries  planned for Open Access Week (October 19 – 25) and throughout the month of October. The Roundtable decided that CUNY Libraries might want to use the whole month of October to raise awareness of Open Access on our campuses. This is a great time to spread the word about CUNY Academic Works (and to educate faculty on Authors’ Rights, Creative Commons, etc.)

A great resource for event-planning and keeping track of what’s happening on CUNY campuses is the OA / OER Toolkit compiled by members of the Roundtable. Check out the Calendar of CUNY Events,  as well as ideas for events and publicity.

We will also post events on this Blog (see next post) if you send the information to us. And you can post your event on the Academic Commons Scholarly Communications Roundtable as well as OAWeek.org and CULIBS.

Keep your eyes on this space and the Academic Commons Scholarly Communications Roundtable for news about  CUNY Academic Works that you can publicize on your campuses.

Let’s hear about your publicity ideas and events!

–Madeline Cohen [madeline.cohen@lehman.cuny.edu] and Jean Amaral [ jamaral@bmcc.cuny.edu ], Co-Chairs, LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtab