Open Access 2011 at Purdue

What is an Open Access Policy? Why should Purdue faculty care?

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November 2, 2011
1:30 - 3 p.m.
Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142

At universities around North America, faculty are adopting policies for depositing their published articles into openly accessible digital repositories, like Purdue e-Pubs. By making their scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles available through such repositories, they are increasing access to their work for scholars, educators, and policymakers worldwide. The establishment of such a policy and its implementation has the potential for transformative positive effects on how research is disseminated and used. It also, however, involves greater awareness among authors about the terms of agreements they are signing with publishers and new responsibilities for the librarians who assist in implementation. While Harvard, MIT and Princeton are among the private universities where faculty have adopted Open Access policies, the University of Kansas was first among public universities, in 2009. The University Senate at Purdue will soon consider adopting such a policy. What do you need to know and why should you care?

Join colleagues at Purdue to learn about Open Access policies and what the implications are for faculty. Purdue Libraries has invited faculty from the University of Kansas who were instrumental in adopting the first public university OA policy, to walk through their experience and answer questions.

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Ada Emmett is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Kansas (KU). Heading the Scholarly Communications Program in the Center for Digital Scholarship she works with faculty and academic departments to provide open and public access to their published scholarship, in fulfillment of the faculty's Open Access policy. She also assists faculty and students to understand their copyrights associated with scholarly and creative works which they author, create and share in the classroom. She has been passionate about issues of scholarly communication and access to knowledge since her graduate school days. Emmett received her MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Science) at the University of Washington and her BA at the University of Michigan. She has been at KU since 2002 and is now tenured library faculty at the Center for Digital Scholarship in Watson Library

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Dr. Marc Greenburg is currently serving as chairman and professor of Slavic Languages at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas. Greenberg, serving as a member on the KU Open Access Advisory Board, co-authored the 2011 essay The Scholarly Communication Problem. Why Open Access is Necessary: A Transatlantic Perspective with KU Scholarly Communications Librarian, Ada Emmett. Greenburg received his MA in Slavic languages and literatures at University of Chicago and PhD in Slavic languages and literatures (specializing in Slavic linguistics) at UCLA.

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Dr. Townsend Peterson is a distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. He is also the curator, at the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center. His work is collaborative in nature, and usually involves geographers, computer scientists, and biologists. Townsend is serving as a member on the KU Open Access Advisory Board, working with ongoing open access policy issues and open access expansion. He received his BS in Zoology at Miami University, and his MS and PhD in Evolutionary Biology at University of Chicago.

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Purdue University Libraries also awarded Ian Bell, PhD, Purdue’s Open Access Award for his outstanding contributions for broadening the reach of the Purdue’s Herrick Laboratories’ international conferences on compressor engineering, high performance buildings, and refrigeration and air conditioning. His significant investment of time, resources, energy and forethought in the preparation of papers and descriptive metadata information, and deposit within Purdue e-Pubs, and his service to Herrick Labs, the School of Mechanical Engineering, the College of Engineering, Purdue University and scholars around the world will greatly enhance the transfer of knowledge from the University by building bridges to scholarship made available through the Libraries.

The Scholarly Communication Committee, along with Libraries Dean, Jim Mullins; Tim Sands, Purdue provost; Anil Bajaj, head of Mechanical Engineering; Patricia Davies, director of Herrick Laboratories; and James Braun, Ian Bell’s advisor and Herrick professor of mechanical engineering, were in attendance for the award presentation, which was given prior to this year’s Open Access Week as Bell will be out of the country during this year’s week-long celebration.

Libraries awards a person or group on campus that has made an exceptional contribution to extending the reach of scholarship affiliated with Purdue through collaboration with Purdue initiatives and by embracing the challenging of expanding the global reach and impact of our collected works through Open Access. The award is given in appreciation for the real-world application of forward-thinking principles and actions.

Event sponsors include: Purdue Graduate Student Government, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research, University Libraries Committee and University Senate.

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International Open Access Week, October 24-30, 2011

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Open Access Week is a global, annual event that promotes open access in scientific publishing and research. It is presented by the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), Students for FreeCulture,, OASIS (the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook), and the Open Access Directory (OAD). Click here for more information on the international effort.