Brock Library to raise awareness of Open Access Week

The Brock University Library will be raising awareness and celebrating the importance of making scholarly research accessible in honour of International Open Access Week.

On Monday, Oct. 21, the first day of Open Access Week, the Library is hosting a series of events in the new Rankin Family Pavilion, Room 214:

  • Announcing of this year’s Brock University Award for Open Access and the screening of the documentary Paywall: the Business of Scholarship, a scathing indictment of how academic publishing systems creates barriers to access and innovation (10:30 a.m. to noon)
  • Introducing Data Science with Python. Case Study: Sci-Hub close to home, a session that will present the basics of data science and visualizing results using two platforms (1 to 2 p.m.)
  • Conversing on Equity in Open Scholarship: Enacting academia’s core values, led by Giulia Forsythe, Associate Director of the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (2 to 3 p.m.)
  • Presenting on Accelerating Entrepreneurship with Open Access, a discussion about the challenges entrepreneurs face in finding and accessing research, and the types of research that are openly available without having to have access to library-specific resources (3 to 4 p.m.)

Open Access refers to free, immediate online access to research. The theme of International Open Access Week is: Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.

“This is a reminder that as support for open access grows, we must be mindful of creating systems for sharing research that are truly open to all,” says Elizabeth Yates, Brock’s Liaison and Scholarly Communication Librarian. “We hope the Brock community will attend these events and add their voices to these important conversations about equity in open scholarship.”

Full information about the event can be found here.

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