Written by on October 16, 2012

Open Access Week at Kennedy Library

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Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Kennedy Library is celebrating Open Access Week 2012 (October 22-26) by offering the Cal Poly community resources for understanding the issues, particularly as they relate to publishing. Stop by the second floor of the library during Open Access Week to visit a display that illustrates how open access issues affect everyday life.

As an example, read Digital Scholarship Services Librarian Marisa Ramirez’ story about a life-saving checklist for operating rooms that appeared in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. Hospitals – and therefore patients – were unable to benefit from the checklist for months, because the copyright belonged to the publishers.

About Open Access

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

Free Legal Tools to Help You Share or Discover Creative Works

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. In the spirit of Open Access, the Creative Commons mission is to develop, support, and steward legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

You can use a Creative Commons (CC) license to tell others if they can share, use, and build upon your work. A CC license gives you peace of mind because you can determine who and how your work gets used. A CC license is useful to other people so they know the limits of acceptable use and they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.

If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, start by checking out CC-licensed work. Here you can find hundreds of works — songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use.

Download our handout7 Things You Should Know about Open Access!
Right to Research Coalitionhttp://www. righttoresearch.org/

Library’s Digital Scholarship Services

Robert E. Kennedy Library provides digital services to assist the campus community with the publication, sharing and preservation of research. We can assess your needs, provide guidance on your rights, and make referrals to appropriate digital services. The library even offers ePublishing services to faculty and students to support the creation of open access journals.


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