Celebrate Open Access Week at Geneseo

Most scholars would like to have their work read by as many people as possible.  Open Access initiatives can allow this to happen by making the results of scholarly research available to everyone, from community colleges to top-tier research institutions, regardless of the readers’ ability to pay.

To both inform and engage SUNY Geneseo’s scholars through discussions regarding Open Access, as well as celebrate Open Access Week, October 18-24, the staff at Milne Library has organized two events.

1. Faculty Discussion Panel on Open Access.

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 4pm, Wadsworth 21

Following a brief introduction to the concept of open access by librarian Bonnie Swoger, faculty panelists will discuss their experiences publishing in open access journals, making copies of their publications freely available, and encouraging others to publish in open access journals by editing or reviewing for these publications.

  • Jenny Apple (Biology)
  • Savi Iyer (Physics)
  • Brian Morgan (School of Education)
  • Susan Bandoni Muench (Biology)
  • Linda Spencer (Communicative Disorders and Sciences)

Please join us for the discussion about how Open Access is shaping scholarship across the disciplines, how faculty at Geneseo are participating in Open Access, and what this may mean for local questions about tenure and promotion, as well as global questions about the future of scholarship in general.

2.   “Open Access and the Scholarly Landscape”

A talk by Charles Lyons, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University at Buffalo.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 2:30pm, Milne 213

“At first glance, open access, which entails giving academic journal articles away for free instead of charging for them, looks like a scholarly chemistry experiment with explosions guaranteed.  So far, however, the open access movement’s efforts to reshape the landscape of scholarly publishing by promoting the free communication of knowledge have resulted in changes that are far from tectonic.  Are we on the verge of major shocks to a system that some describe as closed, costly, and cumbersome?  This presentation will highlight major achievements and assess the impact open access is having on the way academic research is disseminated and accessed.”

Both events are sponsored by Milne Library and are open to everyone.  Please RSVP by emailing Sonja Landes.

About Bonnie J. M. Swoger
Science Librarian at SUNY Geneseo, a small, public liberal arts college. I am interested in scientific communication in general and how we teach students about how scientists share information.

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