Open Access Week

October 24 - 30, 2022 | Everywhere

OA Week plans @ Brandeis University (Waltham, MA, USA)

It's wonderful to hear about the OA Week plans underway around the world!

At Brandeis most of our effort this year is focused on raising visibility/awareness of the OA movement in a way that is reasonably low-impact in terms of staff time commitment. Mainly we're investing our energies into a promotional blitz.

We are planning a few events, such as hosting a BibApp demo (a joint effort with the Boston Library Consortium and MBL-WHOI), offering an authors' rights workshop targeted at grad students, and we'll likely host a viewing party for the SPARC keynote video early in the week.

As for the promotion piece, we're putting some key library staff into bright orange open access t-shirts, and also wearing & distributing open access buttons. The buttons are proving quite popular - our CIO keeps asking me for more to give away! We're plastering the libraries and campus with OA signage, posting OA-related items to campus blogs and calendars, and - perhaps most importantly - we're publicly acknowledging our campus authors who've chosen to publish their works open access.

In the spirit of sharing resources and effort, we'd like to share our Open Access LibGuide in the hope that it might be helpful to others: http://brandeis.libguides.com/openaccess We drew heavily upon Eleta Exline's outstanding OA guide (http://libraryguides.unh.edu/openaccess), and we'd like to thank her again for her kindness in sharing the excellent resource she has created.

Happy OA Week, everyone!

-Jen

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