Celebrate Open Access Week Oct. 24-28 at the Libraries

Marketing and Communications | October 04, 2011

Aggies for Open Access

The Texas A&M University Libraries will celebrate Open Access Week Oct. 24-28 with a series of campus-wide events aimed at faculty and students. In its fifth year, the international OA event promotes understanding and use of an alternative publishing model that makes scholarly and research literature widely available.

“Last year Open Access Week drew a large campus crowd, who were eager to get involved. This year we’re providing a list of 5 things faculty and students can do to support open access,” explained Gail Clement, Digital Services and Scholarly Communication librarian. “We encourage users to understand and practice fair use and most importantly, to share their research in this emerging online environment,” she added.

OA Week will kick off with a Fair Use Film Festival at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24 at the Sterling C. Evans Library in Room 204E. Faculty, staff, students and friends will view and discuss a diverse range of media emphasizing the importance of fair use in supporting creativity and culture. The evening’s program will feature film clips, mash-ups, remixes, and memes that will have guests laughing and learning.

Those wishing to nominate and lead the discussion for a particular film clip can email Film Fest coordinator Gail Clement at gclement@tamu.edu. Nominations are due Oct. 16.

The popular OA Café, a portable information booth, will be set up at four campus library locations throughout the week. Visitors can get information about open access and copyright, pick up “Aggies for Open Access” buttons and other giveaways. The event will wrap up with a faculty forum sharing their experiences with OA journals and a celebration with refreshments at the Evans Library.

Texas A&M is a founding member of the Texas Digital Library. Its digital repository contains the scholarly output of the University including published articles, conference papers, dissertations and theses, faculty-authored textbooks, AgriLife publications and historical images from Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.