Summer is quickly turning into Fall, the academic term has begun, and transition is in the air. Soon it will be October, which is a big month for those of us engaged in scholarly communication and open access work and conversations. Most of us are preparing now for International Open Access Week 2017 which happens this year from October 23rd to 29th. The Open Dartmouth Working Group (Librarians dedicated to provided education and outreach about open content and data) are already busy getting ready for exhibits, events, speakers, and informational opportunities that will occur across campus throughout that week.
Last year’s Open Access Week Exhibit featured our Open Dartmouth posters, which highlights researchers and scholars at Dartmouth and why they choose to share their work openly. The posters are also available online in Dartmouth’s Shared Shelf Commons. As the 2017 Open Access Week approaches, we are hoping to build this collection further with new faces and names so that we can host the new and expanded digital exhibition in a variety of locations around campus. If you are a Dartmouth student, scholar, fellow, researcher, staff or faculty, and are interested in being featured in this exhibit, please contact me! Jen Green, Digital Scholarship Librarian
This year’s Open Access Week activities will include the Dimensions of Open exhibit, which will be on display in the Baker Library main hall exhibit cases starting in October. The exhibit will help visitors understand the global, political, financial, workforce, technological and future dimensions of “open.” Work on this exhibit is still underway, but one dimension of the exhibit to share with you now, is our newly published open access animation, Ideas to Apples: an Open Access Story.
This animation was created by Lizzy Rogers (former Jones Memorial Digital Media Fellow) in collaboration with members of the Open Dartmouth Working Group. The animation is perpetually available on YouTube, but it will also be featured in October in Baker’s main hall alongside the Dimensions of Open Exhibit.
There is still much to plan and prepare before you reach October 23rd and the 2017 Open Access Week celebrations. As October approaches, I will share a full schedule of events, speakers, workshops, and other informative opportunities. Until then, please mark your calendars for October 23rd-29th so that you might join us for portions of that week.