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Gettin’ Ready for Open Access Week

October 12, 2018

Earlier this year SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, announced its theme for International Open Access Week: “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.” The Advisory Committee also fixed the dates as October 22-28.

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Image courtesy of SPARC® Website.

Falvey, the library for Villanova University, has for many years held events highlighting Open Access, but we’re frequently a bit freer about it. So, it’s more like Open Access month.

However during the official week this year Falvey will have an Open Access Week information table in a public space in the library for sharing information about getting full text fast via unpaywall.com and openaccessbutton.org. We will be screening “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship,” and co-sponsoring with Villanova University’s Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest a discussion of the documentary elsewhere on campus the next day.

Another event for Open Access Week this year is a Brown Bag for faculty led by librarians on Open Access scholarship and publishing where a major topic will be SOAR, Falvey’s Scholarship Open Access Reserve fund initiative.

Whether event’s are during the official week or not, it is helpful to remember SPARC’s “official hashtag of Open Access Week is #OAweek.” For more information go to: www.openaccessweek.org.

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