OA Week Authors’ Rights Event @ Brooklyn College, 10/27/11

You Know What You Write, But Do You Know Your Rights?
Understanding and Protecting Your Rights as an Author

Thursday, October 27, 2011
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Brooklyn College Library, Room 412C

Light lunch will be provided
Space is limited, so RSVP is required
RSVP to Professor Jill Cirasella, cirasella@brooklyn.cuny.edu
(Brooklyn College faculty have priority at this event, but other CUNY faculty are welcome to attend if there is space.  Email cirasella@brooklyn.cuny.edu to inquire.)

When you publish a journal article, you sign a copyright agreement. Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you sign it? Different journals have different policies:

  • Some journals require you to relinquish your copyright. (After you sign this kind of agreement, you have to ask permission or even pay to share your article with students and colleagues!)
  • Some journals allow you to retain some rights (e.g., the right to post the article online).
  • Some journals leave copyright in your hands. (You simply give the journal a non-exclusive license to publish the article.)

How can you find out a journal’s policy? How can you negotiate your contract to make the most of your rights as a scholar, researcher, and author? Come learn over lunch how to preserve your rights to reproduce, distribute, and display the work you create.

This workshop is being offered as a part of Open Access Week (October 24-30, 2011). For more information about the problems with traditional journal publishing and the promise of open access publishing, and to learn about Open Access Week events across CUNY, visit https://openaccess.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.

Open Access Scholarly Publishing as Thought and Action

Friday, October 28, 2011
5-7pm
CUNY Graduate Center—Room 9204
free and open to the public

As a culmination of CUNY Open Access Week 2011, and in conjunction with the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, this panel will unravel issues surrounding open access scholarly publishing. Our panelists will share their inspiration for becoming open access advocates, their thinking about adopting particular licenses for their work, and the processes through which they have liberated their scholarship—from their perspectives as authors, editors and publishers.

The panel will include:

Members of the Radical Teacher editorial collective: Emily Drabinski is an Instruction Librarian at Long Island University, Brooklyn, James Davis and Joseph Entin, both Associate Professors of English at Brooklyn College. Radical Teacher is a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal about the theory and practice of teaching. Published in print since 1975, the journal has recently decided to transition to an open access model.

Matthew K. Gold is an Assistant Professor of English at New York City College of Technology and of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he serves as Advisor to the Provost for Master’s Programs and Digital Initiatives. He recently edited the book Debates in the Digital Humanities, which will be published through the University of Minnesota Press in January 2012 both as a printed text and an expanded, open-access edition on the web.

Michael Mandiberg is an artist and Assistant Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and on the Doctoral Faculty of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the coauthor of Digital Foundations: An Intro to Media Design, Collaborative Futures, and the editor of The Social Media Reader.

Trebor Scholz is a scholar, artist, professor, chair, organizer and chair of the conference series The Politics of Digital Culture at The New School in NYC. His forthcoming monograph with Polity offers a history of the Social Web and its Orwellian economies. In spring 2011, he co-authored From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City (with Laura Y. Liu). Scholz is the editor of two collections of essays, Learning Through Digital Media (iDC, 2011) and a volume on digital labor (Routledge, 2012). He also founded the Institute for Distributed Creativity that is widely known for its online discussions of critical network culture.

For more information about Open Access publishing, and CUNY’s 2011 Open Access Week events, see the Open Access @ CUNY blog on the CUNY Academic Commons, or get in touch with Professor Alycia Sellie: asellie@brooklyn.cuny.edu

“Doing Science in the Open” @ NYU, Sept. 19, 6:30pm

No need to wait for Open Access Week to attend great events about openness!  Our open access friends at NYU have organized a fantastic-sounding event about open science:

On Monday, September 19 at 6:30pm at NYU’s Bobst Library, Michael Nielsen is giving a talk about open science.  Nielsen is a major figure in the field of quantum computation, and in the past few years he has become one of the most prominent supporters of open science — in fact, he has a book about open science, Reinventing Discovery, coming out in November.  More details about the talk can be found here.  RSVP is required, so be sure to RSVP if you want to attend!

If you’re interested but can’t make it, you can watch a similar talk Nielsen gave at the TEDxWaterloo event last March: