Open Access Week 2010

Join us for Open Access Week at CUNY, October 18-24, 2010

October 6th, 2010 by Maura A. Smale · 3 Comments

In May 1883, in response to a population explosion, the Brooklyn Bridge opened a new, free path between the cities of New York and Brooklyn….In October, 2010, in honor of Open Access Week and in response to an information explosion, the CUNY colleges of Brooklyn will show faculty and students free and open paths to scholarly information.

Please join the Brooklyn College Library and the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology, in marking Open Access Week this fall.

The Open Access movement has threaded its way into many avenues of human culture. Creators of literature, music, film and art are acknowledging the rich heritage that has enabled their own creative thinking and in turn are offering their productions to the greater community at no charge. Academic publishing has situated itself in the open access arena. The output, online, open-access scholarly literature, measures up to the same standards as other peer-reviewed and removes the economic and logistical barriers to access.

Throughout the week of October 18-24, 2010 we will be offering exciting programming at two locations to open your sensibilities to the benefits and practices of a open access information sharing. Look forward to a full week of exciting events:

Monday, October 18, 2-4 pm @ the Brooklyn College Library, Woody Tanger Auditorium

Open Access: How it Works / Will it Work for You?
Join a discussion of the viable models of open access publishing, learn where open access journals are indexed and come to understand the impact of open access publishing.

Open Access – Activism around the Emerging Issue in Scholarship
Learn about the government position on open access publishing, lobbying efforts to make information more accessible, student activism around the issue and the new, emerging Reader’s Bill of Rights for Digital Books.

Tuesday, October 19, 3-5 pm @ @ New York City College of Technology, Atrium 632 (Faculty Lounge)

Open Access Scholarly Publishing: How Can Faculty Get Involved?
Are you a faculty member interested in publishing your research and scholarship via open access methods? Join us to explore the practical considerations of OA publishing for faculty. We’ll discuss identifying OA peer-reviewed journals, using Creative Commons both to license your work and use work that others have licensed, and Open Journal Systems: a free, open source platform for publishing scholarly journals.

Wednesday, October 20, 6-9 pm @ the Brooklyn College Library, Woody Tanger Auditorium

Open Access in the Arts & Teaching
Performance and panelists including Doug Geers (BC/Music), Michael Mandiberg (CSI/Media Culture) and Nina Paley (; full screening of Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues to follow panel presentation.

Thursday October 21, 12:45-2pm @ Ursula C. Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology, Rm. A432 (Projection Room)

Cinem@tech Film Screening: RiP: A Remix Manifesto
Filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age. The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.

Thursday October 21, 5:30-7pm @ Ursula C. Schwerin Library, Atrium 632 (Faculty Lounge)

Web 2.0 Happy Hour: Open Access Course Materials
Open access textbooks and other curricular materials are popping up all over. What are the advantages for you and your students? How can you find and use these materials? Come learn about freely-available textbooks and more for your courses.

We hope to see you there for a mind-opening look at open access.

(Here’s the same information as a printable flyer.)

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