October 18, 2012



Open Access Week activities Oct. 22-26

By Donna Ekart

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K-State Libraries will be participating in the international celebration of Open Access Week Oct. 22-26. This year’s main events include an invited speaker and a webcast. 

Dr. Philip E. Bourne, professor of pharmacology at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California at San Diego, is K-State's invited speaker for Open Access Week 2012. Bourne is the associate director of the Protein Data Bank and co-founder and founding editor-in-chief of the open access journal PLOS Computational Biology.

As an open access advocate, Bourne is committed to furthering the free dissemination of science through new models of publishing and better integration and subsequent dissemination of data and results, which should be as freely available to all as possible. Bourne will be presenting on “Open Data -- Where Do We Stand from A Researcher’s Perspective?” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Hale Library Hemisphere Room.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m. in 407 Hale, the K-State Libraries will host the webinar “Crews on Copyright — Open Access and Your Publications: What’s Copyright Got to Do With It?” It will be presented by Kenneth Crews, the director of the copyright advisory office at Columbia University and teaches in the Columbia Law School.

For those interested in learning more about open access generally, the libraries will feature daily posts on the blog Talking in the Libraries, as well as updates throughout the week via Twitter,  @kstatelibraries

Open Access Week, a global event organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is in its sixth year. It provides an opportunity for the scholarly community to continue to learn about open access, to share their experiences with colleagues and the public, and to inspire wider participation in open access.

Events are free and open to the public, and all K-State faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Questions about the events or open access philosophies can be directed to Jenny Oleen, scholarly communications librarian.