Dartmouth’s 2018 Open Access Week

Although the official celebrations are over, the ideas and conversations we shared this year during Open Access Week will persist and lead to positive actions in the coming months.  Thank you to all who led and attended a variety of events, which are highlighted below through the images captured by Dartmouth Library’s Jones Memorial Digital Media Fellow, Analisa Goodmann.

Dartmouth’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE) collaborated with the Library to host a panel and lunch session titled Equity in Information Access at Dartmouth and Regionally.  This session provided thoughtful discussion about the variety of technical, financial, social, and geographical barriers that one might face in striving to access information and build knowledge.

Rauner Library hosted a session titled, Opening Access to Dartmouth’s Past, which focused on the SpeakOut and Historical Accountability programs.  Participants  learned about how students are uncovering Rauner collections and reshaping the stories we tell about Dartmouth’s past with an eye toward creating a better future.

Open Access Week featured several workshops that addressed issues surrounding how to manage one’s professional identity, how to improve one’s research impact, and how to find open access resources with openly available tools and services.  Many of these workshops are offered repeatedly throughout the year by members of the Scholarly Communication Program and by the Open Dartmouth Working Group.  Money Matters: Financial Barriers in the Classroom, is a workshop that debuted during Open Access Week, and was generously sponsored by Dartmouth’s Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).  During this session, participants explored the reality of the financial barriers that students face due to the high costs of textbooks and other course materials and discussed practical strategies to mitigate these issues and remove barriers.

To round out our wide range of Open Access Week events, Director/Producer Jason Schmitt visited Dartmouth and joined us for a screening of his film, Paywall: the Business of Scholarship.  Jason explained his approach to the film and shared with the audience his passion for open scholarship.  After the screening Jason stayed to answer questions and dig deeper into the audience’s thoughts and ideas about the impact of open access content to global progress.

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