Brock celebrates Open Access Week

What do Brock researchers think about Open Access, a global movement promoting free, immediate access to information?

How can instructors harness the power of free educational resources such as Creative Commons and Wikipedia? Can easy-to-use online tools increase the reach of Brock research?

Find out the answers to these questions and more Oct. 23, when the University joins scholarly communities around the world celebrating the 7th annual International Open Access Week.

The James A. Gibson Library is hosting a day of events showcasing Open Access: an evolution in scholarly publishing that is transforming how research is produced and shared, while widening its impact.

All are welcome to attend Open Access Day at Brock: Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Most events will be held in the e-classroom, TH253, except for the More Open, More Impact workshop and the prize wheel.

9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. – “It’s a Bit Like the Wild West Out There”: Brock University faculty attitudes towards Open Access publishing. Presentation of a research study by Barbara McDonald, interim University librarian; Ian Gibson, collections librarian; and Elizabeth Yates, liaison/scholarly communication librarian, James A. Gibson Library.

10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. – Open Access Publishing Panel Discussion: Hear about the rewards, challenges and surprises involved in making your research openly accessible. Featuring Julia Baird, postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre; Jarold L. Cosby, Associate Professor, Kinesiology; Barbara McDonald, interim University librarian; Evangelia Tsiani, Associate Professor, Health Sciences and Wendy E. Ward, Professor, Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development.

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Opening Your Classroom: Wikipedia, Creative Commons, and You. Featuring Giulia Forsythe, special projects facilitator, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation; Lynn McCleary, Associate Professor, Nursing; and Monica Rettig, e-learning librarian, James A. Gibson Library.

1 p.m – 2:30 p.m. – More Open, More Impact: Explore alternative methods of tracking research impact such as ORCID researcher identifiers, Impact Story and in this hands-on workshop with Ian Gibson, collections librarian, and Elizabeth Yates, liaison/scholarly communication librarian, James A. Gibson Library. Held in Classroom A, Library/Learning Commons.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Open Access Fact or Fiction: Prize wheel and information table. Schmon Tower library entrance.

To see how academic communities around the globe are participating in International Open Access Week, please visit the website.

For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Yates at x4469.

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