SPARC is sponsoring a webinar on outreach to students on Open Access. From their website:
“You know first hand that students are expected to cite articles from scholarly journals when they write research papers.
You’ve probably used journal articles in your coursework. You’ve probably also encountered journal articles that you wanted to read — potentially important articles — but couldn’t get access to. You’re not able to access some of the articles you want to read online because many scholarly journals are available only to subscribers. Journal subscriptions — especially in science, technology, and medicine — can cost thousands of dollars each year, and some cost more than $20,000.(1) Your library pays for many of these subscriptions (with support in part from your tuition) and some universities actually spend millions of dollars annually on journals — but they still can’t afford access to everything their students and faculty need.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
There’s an alternative to the closed, subscription access model: Open Access.”
Students are interested championing this cause. MIT students, inspired by Brown’s “Seeing Red” initiative, led the library initiative to create “overprice tags” to call attention to National Day of Action for Open Access.