Many events during the week are meant to raise awareness of issues in scholarly publishing, as well as be an international celebration of Open Access as a “new norm in scholarship and research”. Here at the BU Libraries, we will be hosting information sessions and providing handouts detailing what the benefits of Open Access publishing are.
John Willinsky, faculty at Stanford’s School of Education and founder of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) gave a powerful talk at OISE about open access – he covered a range of topics, including how to achieve OA (institutional repositories; open journals) and how Stanford’s School of Education tackled developing its own OA mandate . His talk coincided with Open Access Week and was a great success; it really served to highlight some of the OA issues, often with great humour.
Ever get stuck at a subscription login page?
With costs for resources spiraling upward every year, the library budget must increase 6-10% each year just to maintain our current journal subscriptions. This has been going on for many years: some say decades.
A movement that has the potential to break this paradigm is underway – it’s called Open Access. Open Access uses the capacity of the Internet to provide online, free of charge access to research. At BU, both the University Council and the Faculty Council have approved an Open Access Initiative co-written by the director of the BU Libraries, Robert Hudson.
Increasing numbers of journals, authors, government agencies and academic institutions are supporting Open Access to research. At the libraries, we are currently working to provide Open Access to BU research through our Digital Common (our institutional repository), and through support for Open Access journal publishing.
If you have questions about how you can support Open Access or would simply like to learn more, please contact Dan Benedetti at email@example.com.
Here at the School of Theology Library, we’ve been digitizing our Missions collection—for now, just what’s out of copyright. Student assistants Christina (Mo) Geuther and Carolyn Frantz have been working tirelessly, and we’re starting to see results. Exciting! And more on the way.