Thursday, October 1, 2015

Join Us for Open Access Week: Oct. 19 - 21, 2015

Open Access Week is a global event now entering its eighth year and is an opportunity to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access scholarship and encourage wider participation in research.  CSU Libraries is celebrating “Open Access Week” with programs about open access scholarship and research on October 19th, 20th and 21st. 

Please join us at the Schwob Library Forum area at the noon hour for informative discussion on these timely topics. Light lunch will be provided. 

Monday, October 19th @ 12:00 to 1:30
The Importance of Being Open Access: Publishing Journals in the Wild(e) with
Aajay Murphy, Managing Editor, Digital Commons, Kennesaw State University and Jackie Radebaugh, CSU ePress, Columbus State.

Publishing open access journals can be a daunting, wild(e) task. Some naysayers will screech about how serious social and political issues cannot possibly be tackled in this form; or that the over saturation of the open market leads to aggrandizing, self-celebrating journals that lack inspired and substantial research and only serve to promote the individuals involved in the journals themselves. However, within the scope of opinions opposite of those curmudgeons, we find opportunity in the openness and critical dialogue about the modern, conventional academic publishing hierarchy. By adopting a system, such as the Berkeley Electronic Press’s Digital Commons, a university can dually contain and develop the means of intellectual production beyond their enrolled students and into the global realm. This presentation will express the various ways in which Kennesaw State University’s adoption of the Digital Commons platform has embodied the radical vision that is open access journal publishing. Jackie Radebaugh will talk about the CSU ePress hosting open access journals.

Tuesday, October 20th @ 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
Copyright and Open Licensing for the Classroom and for Scholarshipwith Lisa Macklin, Emory University.  Copyright law and open licensing can be complex and confusing when planning your course with Open Educational Resources or no-cost resources or publishing in open access journals.  Come and get your questions answered at this workshop. 

As both a librarian and a lawyer, Lisa focuses on copyright, licensing and scholarly communication issues, working with faculty and students on the application of copyright law to teaching, research and publishing. 

Wednesday, October 21st @ 12:00 to 1:30 pm. 
Open Access (Free) Textbooks: a Panel Discussion with CSU Faculty: Susan Hrach, Stephanie da Silva, and Jennifer Pitts 
Three CSU Faculty will discuss their use of Open Access (Free) Textbooks at Columbus State. Susan Hrach, Stephanie da Silva, and Jennifer Pitts have all been recipients of "Textbook Transformation Grants" funded by the USG's Affordable Learning Georgia program. Come and hear about how "next generation textbooks" are being used to increase the affordability of a college degree at CSU.

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