This is a guest post by Anna Gold, the university librarian at Cal Poly.
Open Week 2013 is the perfect time to share what I learned about the global movement to open up knowledge! The global Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon 2013) held in September in Geneva, Switzerland, brought together 1,000 activists, hackers, cultural stewards, data geeks, and social advocates in a beautifully organized, three-day (espresso-infused) event.
As you stay awake till the library’s closing hours, cramming for your midterms and finishing your essays this week, you may have seen bright orange banners and logos. Don’t worry. Your over-caffeinated mind isn’t playing tricks on you.
All the orange in Kennedy Library this week shows our belief in open.
Much of what the Open Access Week movement supports align with the library’s belief in affordable learning for students. During Open Access Week, Kennedy Library’s special guests, staff, and students (like me!) want to discuss this open idea with the Cal Poly community.
Ever notice those huge, life-size photos posted on the windows of the University Store showing student life at Cal Poly in the olden days? The 100″ by 100″ photos are definitely hard to miss. The unique, blown-up images are part of a collaborative partnership between Kennedy Library and the Cal Poly Corporation. Read more
Do you consider yourself a scientist? An artist? Both? Thursday’s discussion in the Data Studio about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) highlighted the ways that the world creates unnecessary divisions in thinking, problem solving and creating, that in turn affect our identities, and the struggle within ourselves (and academia) to resolve them.
What does open access mean to you and your teaching and research?
Find out at Open Week 2013, a series of events from Oct. 17-24 designed specifically for Cal Poly as part of the global Open Access Week movement. Join us to explore the issues, ask questions and learn together at workshops and events. For a complete schedule of speakers, go to our calendar.
We need a new genre: Chimp Literary Fiction. (For a note on this photo, please see the link below from Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.) Read more
This post is written by Lauren Young, fourth year biology student, LibRAT and chair of SLAC. Lauren will be (meta)blogging about how she is working this year to combine her love of science and writing, in her preparations for a career in science communication. These preparations intersect with her deep involvement with and many valuable contributions to Kennedy Library.
Since June, I have been collaborating with Digital Scholarship Services Librarian Marisa Ramirez and professors of the College of Science of Mathematics (COSAM) on an exciting new project called Symposium: Student Journal of Science and Mathematics.