Mark Your Calendars: Open Access Week 2011

This year Open Access Week will take place during October 24-28, 2011. A number of special events will be taking place throughout CUNY, so mark your calendars and check back here for more details about what’s to come!

If you have suggestions or would like to get involved with the planning of any Open Access events, please contact the blog authors on this site!

Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions

Today’s Chronicle of Higher Ed reports that 22 colleges and universities across the country have banded together to form the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (Coapi). From the Chronicle article:

“The goal is to provide more practical advice and ideas for refining and expanding policies on our individual campuses but also to leverage those policies into action,” said Lorraine Haricombe, the dean of libraries at Kansas.

This is definitely an initiative for all open access advocates to keep an eye on, and I look forward to hearing more about the group’s efforts.

ACRL Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show

CUNY will host the ACRL Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show on Friday, June 3, 2011 at Brooklyn College. As part of this event, two expert presenters will offer a presentation and workshop entitled “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics,” which will focus on new methods of scholarly publishing and communication; copyright and intellectual property; economics; and open access. The program is targeted toward librarians and library staff who require a foundational understanding of these issues, including subject liaisons or those with new leadership assignments related to research and scholarly inquiry.

The two speakers for the workshop will be:

• Lee VanOrsdel, Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University
• Joy Kirchner, Librarian, Collections, Licensing & Digital Scholarship, University of British Columbia Library

Following the ACRL workshop, afternoon break-out sessions will expand on issues raised by the presenters as well as related topics.

Please register at the following link:


If you have any questions about the event, please contact one of the planning committee co-chairs:

Bronwen Densmore
Instructional Design Librarian
Ursula C. Schwerin Library
New York City College of Technology

John Carey
Head Librarian
Health Professions Library
Hunter College – Brookdale Campus