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October 24, 2016

K-State Libraries' Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship celebrates Open Access Week

Submitted by Darchelle Martin

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K-State celebrates International Open Access Week, Oct. 24-30, with an information session, film screenings and a celebration of K-State students and faculty who are committed to open access initiatives.

Fittingly, we dedicate this year's local celebration to Thomas H.P. Gould, former editor of the Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy, who died in February. Gould was a longtime supporter of Open Access initiatives helping make Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy one of the first journals to publish in New Prairie Press, K-State's online, open access publishing platform.

This year's theme, "Open In Action," will explore steps we can all take to make research more open.

The Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship at K-State Libraries, or CADS, will host an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 26, for faculty who want to learn more about how to make the change to an open/alternative textbook. Drop by 407 Hale Library anytime between 3:30-5 p.m. to talk to textbook initiative members.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, CADS will kick off a day of events with two screenings. From 9-11 a.m. view the film "Internet's Own Boy" about Aaron Swartz, who played a key role in Creative Commons Licenses, Reddit and blocking SOPA/PIPA legislation.

An interview with the creator of the Sci-Hub website, "Why Science is Better with Communism? The Case of Sci-Hub" will be shown from 1-2 p.m.

Activities will conclude with a discussion about extreme action in open access and recognition of K-State's Open Access All Stars from 2-3 p.m.

All events on Oct. 27 will take place in 401 Hale Library.

To learn more about actions you can take to advance open access, visit our website. If you can't attend this year's Open Access Week events, simply drop by 118 Hale Library to learn more from CADS faculty about advancing research through open access.

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its ninth year, was established by SPARC — The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. The celebration provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access and to share what they've learned with colleagues.