Heads up! Lightning Talks Kickoff U-M Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week provides an opportunity to explore the benefits of open access to scientific research for both the academic community and the greater good of society. The open access movement advocates for free online access to scholarly work in the service of advancing scholarship worldwide (CC:BY-NC University of Michigan Library).

To get things started, the MLibrary Open Access Week Committee hosted a series of 10 lightning talks on topics ranging from an introduction to Open.Michigan, Wikipedia loving libraries, and thoughts on access to digital cultural materials. There were also great talks on open data, convincing unimpressed folks that Open Access is good for them, MERLOT, and more!

Check out these photos of the event.

Here’s a schedule of other events taking place at U-M for Open Access Week:

What’s in it for You?
The U-M Copyright Policy (Standard Practice Guide 601.28)
Tuesday, October 23
9:30 – 10:30 am
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, MPublishing
Jack Bernard, Associate General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel

Your scholarly work is important and worthy of long-term preservation. The U-M’s new copyright policy – recently updated for the first time in many years – charges the university with that preservation responsibility. Learn how the new policy affects your publishing, and why it serves as a foundation for a campus-wide open access policy.

Using HathiTrust for Education and Research
Tuesday, October 23
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
Angelina Zaytsev, Project Librarian for HathiTrust

Interested in learning how to use HathiTrust in your research and class work? Topics include an overview of content, search, collection building, understanding copyright statements and usage restrictions, text mining and data analysis, and upcoming initiatives of the HathiTrust Research Center.

Extending Your Reach: New Tools for Sharing Your Research & Teaching
Wednesday, October 24
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Faculty Exploratory, 206 Hatcher Graduate Library

By using Open Access, Creative Commons licensing, open educational resources, or other tools for sharing, you can take a new approach to distributing your research and teaching. After attending this session, participants will understand how to retain their rights to published research and teaching materials, how to increase the impact of their publications, and how to share their work as widely as possible. This session will be most relevant for students and faculty actively engaged in creating teaching materials or publishing research findings.

School of Open at Fun Fridays
Friday, October 26
Begins around 1:00 pm
North Quad’s 2435 space

SI student Victoria Lungu will be leading participants through the School of Open’s “Get CC Savvy” challenge. Not only is this a great opportunity to learn about CC Licenses, attendees will also get an introduction to using the School of Open and P2PU.

So do your part to support Open Access Week by promoting and attending an Open Access Week event near you!

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