Open Access Week 2011


Thanks to everyone that shared ideas for Open Access Week events.  Below I've listed all the ideas I got from responding librarians as well as the librarian who sent them and their institution.

If you didn't get a chance to send in ideas, then let's continue the conversation in the comments section!

Remember Open Access Week is October 24-30, 2011.  You can learn more at


From Bruce Neville @ Texas A&M:

We're in year two of Open Access Week here at Texas A&M.  Our Scholarly Communications group has a bunch of activities.  The info is at 


  • The "Open Access Cafe" is a "booth" that they had last year in the lobbies of our various branches (it moved as the week progressed) staffed by the Scholarly Communication folks and other sympathetic folks like me.  Candy, handouts, "Aggies for Open Access" buttons in our colors, which I still wear on my lanyard, etc. 
  • The Fair Use Film Festival is new this year and sounds like great fun, but it's past my bedtime.  ;-)  The mashup that I was going to nominate has been pulled by Disney, despite it being fair use.  :-( 

From Mel DeSart @ Washington:

We've done OA Day/Week stuff for the last few years, but this time we're taking a completely different approach.  In the past we've done almost exclusively programming of one kind or another - generally three or four programs over the course of the week.  But we never did get very good attendance at most of them (even after spending a small fortune on advertizing last year), so this year we're abandoning programming completely and doing an exhibit in a high traffic lobby area of the main library and then using as many communication channels as we can to let people know it's there.

From Anne Rauh @ Syracuse:

  • 10/19 Author talk with Amy Sonnie where she will cover "common cause" politics,  and the role of coalitions in visionary social change. Drawing inspiration from the solidarity organizing of five little-known community groups from the 1960s-70s, Amy will share historical lessons of racial, economic and gender justice activism and discuss her own organizing for LGBTQ rights, antiracism, juvenile justice and media democracy over the last 15 years.  This is being co-sponsored by other departments on campus but we are asking her to touch on the importance of access to all kinds of information.
  • 10/25 OA Brownbag sponsored by ENY-ACRL at SUNY-ESF.  Panelists Michael Poulin (Colgate), Yuan Li (Syracuse University), Steve Weiter (ESF) and others as we discuss Discovery of Open Access Materials, SHERPA/Romeo Standards, Costs of Publication and other related topics of interest.
  • 10/16 E-Science Expo.  E-Science fellows from the Syracuse University Information School will present the findings of their research projects and internships.
  • 10/27 Copyright webinar with Dorothea Salo in conjunction with the SU Information School.
  • We will also have a table staffed by librarians in our Learning Commons to promote OA and our Institutional Repository, Surface, that week.


From Christine Drew @ Worcester Polytechic Institute


At WPI we are tossing ideas around. So we are planning to offer a workshop on Creative Commons & The Public Domain: Finding Free Images, Audio, & Video to Use but since our term doesn't start until the 25th, we will offer the following week. We are tossing around the idea of a panel with WPI faculty who edit and publish within open access journals, but it's so busy not sure we'll be able to pull this off.


From Ursula Ellis @ University of British Columbia


Here's the preliminary schedule of events for UBC:

From Jon Jeffryes @ Minnesota:

This year we changing our focus from faculty-centered to a more graduate student-focused event calendar.  So far we have...

  • Information Tables with library staff at high traffic libraries.  We'll have Open Access posters and freebies (pens and the like).  The goal of this event is largely just to raise awareness.
  • Grad Student panel talking about different aspects of open access.  I believe of the two students we currently have signed on to speak one will talk about working with an open access journal and another is going to have more of a focus on open course materials. 
  • A workshop from our data management folks focused on open data
  • A workshop on making your research open (author's rights, the role of the university's digital conversancy, etc)


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