Reflections on Open Access Week 2016

OABeyeglass_200x200Open Access Week 2016 came through Dartmouth College in a flurry of activity, contemplation, discussion, and debate.  If you missed the Dartmouth events from October 24-28th, or you are still in need of more open access engagement, there are opportunities to experience some of what happened around the world through the many videos, blog posts, and images available on the Open Access Week 2016 website, Open in Action. While perusing their site this morning, I discovered that since last week, the SPARC Open Access team just launched a new feature, which allows researchers to request openly available articles directly from their site. It’s designed to be another way to streamline access to open content from your browser. Check out the installation instructions  here!


At Dartmouth, we were able to host a variety of open access activities for a diverse audience of students, faculty, and staff.  Monday’s Kick-Off Event launched us into a mindset to consider the importance of open scholarship, open data, and open education throughout the week. Open Access information tables around campus sparked great conversations between students and librarians about what open access is, why it is relevant, and how open access to data, code, and ideas can impact them throughout their scholarly life. The Open Dartmouth poster exhibit celebrated the important and interesting work of Dartmouth scholars, and it is always fun to watch students Snapchat a poster when they recognize one of their professors.  Gregg Gordon (President/CEO of SSRN) was our guest speaker throughout the week, and it was a pleasure to host him. Gregg gave a public presentation on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) and how this openly accessible resource has influenced the practices of sharing social science research over the past two decades.  Gregg offered his perspectives on the complex relationships among authors, publishers, academic institutions such as Dartmouth, and open repositories such as SSRN, and he met with smaller groups of faculty from the Tuck School of Business, the Economics department and the Dartmouth College Library to dig more deeply into these issues and how they impact the life of a scholar.

Thanks to the hard work of many librarians and staff across the system of Dartmouth College Libraries, this year’s open access week was engaging, thought-provoking, and fun!  I look forward to next year’s celebration, but in the meantime, we will continue to support open scholarly communication, copyright, and publishing through our services and outreach with the Scholarly Communication Program.

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