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Please join us November 15 for a review of Open Access Week 2011. Participants worldwide will come together for an online discussion to share successes, challenges, and great ideas taken from this year's celebration.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
1:00 – 2:00PM Eastern
Registration is free, but required. RSVP by November 14.

Open Access Week, a global event just concluding its fifth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access to research and scholarship, to share ideas with colleagues, and to inspire wider participation in establishing Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty votes on campus open-access policies, to issue reports on the societal and economic benefits of Open Access, to commit new funds in support of open-access publication, and more.

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Hello everyone!  Glad you can join us for the Open Access Week recap!

We had 85 people in total attend our series of events with the keynote address by Jonathan McIntosh bringing in the most attendees. The discussions were good and focused on how rights and technology go hand-in-hand, impacting how information gets reused. Jonathan sort of wowed the crowd with his html5 skills and the semantic version of his video Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it

Jonathan covered many of these aspects in more detail at his workshop, which had good attendance. He showed how to download videos, get content from DVDs, and manage music files for the purposes of making remix video. I finally learned how to jailbreak DRM protected DVDs. I feel like such a criminal.

We had a surprisingly low turnout to the open textbooks panel discussion. I figured students would come in droves, but only a few showed up. There was only one professor, but he was pretty engaged with the topic. The panelist from the Utah Student Association was very compelling and talked about how textbooks price people out of higher ed and sees open textbooks as a way to lower cost and improve quality.

Our Publishing SMART class had a pretty good turnout. It’s part of our regular teaching series but this one resulted in a grad student becoming interested in starting an OA journal with help from the library.

Our OA fund announcement received a lot of attention and got us an article in the student newspaper. We received 10 applications totaling $17,500 in requests seven of which we funded. Most of the requests were for gold OA journals, a couple hybrids, and one that hadn’t even considered OA before but is interested in going that route. We also signed on to COPE and the Berlin Declaration.  

We stream our keynote every year and we usually get more online viewers than in-person attendance, but this year we had no online participants...I guess every year is different. It seems that the keynote address attracts the most people so, and I say this every year, I think we’ll stick with the main event for next year and not bother so much with the smaller activities. I think the OA fund announcement during the week was very good and generated some outcomes.

Hi Allyson:  Can you post links to your OA fund announcement and the article about it in the student newspaper?




Hi Peter, 

Yes, the OA fund announcement is here and the student newspaper article is available here



Thanks, Allyson.  One page says the fund was only open for applications between Oct 24 and Nov 4, 2011, and another page says that any article submitted for publication after July 1, 2011, is eligible for funding.  Can you clarify?  Is this an ongoing fund?  Or was it a short-term experiment, now ended?

Yes, it's still experimental. This was our second round with applications accepted from Oct 24 to Nov 4 and, yes, to support articles published after July 1. Our first round was in May and we funded articles published after Jan 1. Both rounds had a $10k limit so I think the next discussion will be to finalize the amount and make it more permanent. 



Patricia Aufderheide, our keynote speaker for OA week, drew a standing room only audience and also agrees about the fair use of DVD content for re-use and re-mix of its content. There is growing interest here in expanding the fair use discussion which we'll pursue next semester after Pat and Peter Jaszi's report comes out through ARL in January.

Best regards, Marilyn Billings

Hi Marilyn, 

Excellent news and great idea to invite Pat. I also like the idea of having fair use discussions...there seem to be a lot of questions.



Back? Thanks for that!

Hi, Allyson.

I'm currently developing a curriculum for workshops on fair use (it's my new passion) for librarians, faculty and students.


Hi Sue, 


Very cool. I'd love to see the curriculum. 



We should talk more about the open textbooks also. We have instituted an Open Education Initiative here co-funded by our Provost and University Libraries and held a panel discussion about this as the closing event of our Open Access Week. See and click on the OEI tab for more detail.


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