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Emory libraries host Open Access Week events, Oct. 20-26

Emory Report | Oct. 20, 2014

Open Access Week is a global event, focused on discussing and engaging with the academic and research community about Open Access. This year's theme, “Generation Open,” hopes to engage with graduate students and early career researchers and highlight their contributions to the Open Access movement.

Open Access is information that is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Why does Open Access matter? Have you ever tried to access a newspaper article from The New York Times and can't get to it without logging in as a subscriber? That's a paywall. Open Access eliminates paywalls so that people around the world have access to research for free.

The Open movement also includes Open Data, or data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone, and Open Educational Resources, which are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use.

Emory University Libraries have several events planned as part of Open Access Week:

• Library Exhibit – Open Access: A New Norm in Scholarship & Research
 runs Monday, Oct. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 26, in Woodruff Library, Level 2, and Woodruff Health Sciences Library.

• The annual SPARC Open Access Week Kickoff Event Webcast
 will be Monday, Oct. 20, from 
3-4 p.m. in 
Woodruff Library, Level 3, Room 314
.

• Open Access Information Fair for Graduate Students
 is Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 
11 a.m. -1 p.m. in Grace Crum Rollins Building, Rollins Café.

• Open TED Talk Mini-Film Festival
 is set for Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 
3-5 p.m. in 
Woodruff Library, Level 3, Jones Room.

To learn more about Open Access Week events, please visit Emory Scholarly Communications.