Boston University Celebrates Open Access Week

By Gabrielle White

Open Access Week is a worldwide event which raises awareness about the principle that research should be accessible online, for free, immediately after publication. This year, Open Access Week takes place from October 18-24, 2010.

In conjunction with Open Access Week, the Boston University Libraries have planned two talks about the benefits and importance of Open Access.

The first is an interactive discussion with Boston University research librarian, Dan Benedetti. He will speak about research innovation and Open Access in a talk titled “Missed Connections: Research Barriers, An Interactive Discussion.” This discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 3pm in the Howard Thurman Center, GSU Lower Level. One student will be awarded a $25 gift certificate for their participation in the discussion.

The second talk will be given by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies at Pomona College. She will discuss “Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy.” The event will be held on Friday, October 29, 2010 from 3-5pm in the Photonics Center, room 206.

For more information about Open Access Week visit http://OpenAccessWeek.org. To find out about BU’s Digital Initiative visit bu.edu/diao.

To find out more information contact Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access by phone (617) 353-0601 or email jwa@bu.edu.

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