The University of Delaware Library has planned several Open Access Week programs Oct. 21-23.

Open Access programs

University Library to celebrate Open Access Week 2015


1:36 p.m., Oct. 13, 2015--Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access.

Open Access to information means free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use and re-use those results as needed. It is important to the scholarly community because it has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry is conducted, according to a representative of the University of Delaware Library

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The implications for academia, medicine, science, industry and society as a whole are direct and widespread, the representative said, and Open Access has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of University of Delaware published research, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. 

The University Library has planned three programs for Open Access Week to provide information and discussion opportunities for faculty, staff and students to learn more about Open Access and how it relates to their work and priorities.

The first will be “The Meaning of Publication in the Digital Age, or What Open Access Can Do for You,” a presentation by Kevin Smith, director, Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication, Duke University Libraries. Smith’s talk will highlight the value of Open Access for authors. 

Smith is a librarian and attorney experienced in copyright and technology law. At Duke University, he teaches and advises faculty, librarians, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing. Duke’s Scholarly Communications office supports Duke University’s research, teaching and service mission by providing guidance in matters relating to the dissemination and use of knowledge. He also publishes a blog for the Duke community which is widely read by librarians and others following emerging copyright issues.

This program will be Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Morris Library. The event is open to everyone on campus and the public. All attendees are invited to a reception following the program. Acceptances are encouraged at by sending email to or by calling 302-831-2231. Walk-in attendees are welcome.

The second program will be Thursday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Graduate Student Government (GSG) meeting. Nick Shockey, director of programs and engagement at SPARC, an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication, will address GSG representatives.

The Faculty Commons together with the University Library will provide a program for UD faculty titled “Publishing in an Open Access World” on Friday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. in the Faculty Commons in Pearson Hall.

Cathy Wojewodzki, librarian and scholarly communication officer, will lead a discussion of Open Access and the impact it is having on the work of UD scholars. Among the topics for discussion are choosing where to publish, the wide variety of publishers’ Open Access policies and dealing with offers to publish from “open access” publishers. 

Those who have additional topics they wish to discuss are asked to bring them forward, preferably by emailing Wojewodzki at a few days before the discussion.

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