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NMSU Library Announces Open Access Week Activities

The NMSU Library is sponsoring four programs from October 22 tOAlogoo 25 to mark Open Access Week (October 22-28.)  This celebration of new models of scholarly communication and faculty publication offers an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn more about what Open Access (OA) means and its potential benefits.

All presentations are free, and open to the public.  All events will be held in the Library Conference Room, Zuhl Library Room 225.  Light refreshments will be served.

Last year’s Open Access Week featured events in more than 130 countries. This is the first time the NMSU Library is celebrating this informative week.  View a video by Engineering and Mathematics Librarian Paula Johnson at  Open Access Week is a time to share experiences with colleagues and to encourage wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarly communication.  This year’s theme, “Set the Default to Open Access,” aspires to advance the global conversation and showcase a variety of OA initiatives.


  • Monday, October 22, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Open Access Week 2012 Kickoff Webcast – “Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress and Pitfalls.” Co-sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition and the World Bank.

The 90-minute panel will be moderated by Heather Joseph, Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and speakers include: Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, American University and founding Board Member, Creative Commons; Matt Cooper, President, The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students; Maricel Kann, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and member, PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, National Institutes of Health (NIH); Carlos Rossel, Publisher, the World Bank; and Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Extramural Research, NIH.  Questions may be submitted by the viewing audience. 


  • Tuesday,  October 23,  10:30 a.m. – Noon.  “NMSU Library U Presents Scholarly Communications 101.”

Paula Johnson, Engineering and Mathematics Librarian, will provide a brief history of scholarly communications and then trace the rise of the Open Access movement.  Peter Suber, one of OA’s founders, stated that “The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers.”  These “better ways” will be explored. 


  • Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  “Introduction to University Scholarly Communication Programs.” 

Ingrid Schneider, Metadata & Authority Control Librarian, will examine some scholarly communications programs, and discuss the place of institutional digital repositories as part of these programs.  Science Librarian Nirmala Gunapala will discuss eScience, or what some call “distributed collaboration. “  Hear about some of the exciting opportunities and the challenges with data curation and sharing.  Libraries have often led the way in establishing University Scholarly Communication Programs, which are intended to facilitate the increase in accessibility, usability and impact of faculty research.


  •  Thursday, October 25, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  “Faculty Forum on Editing and/or Publishing – Open Access and Otherwise” 

In the academic world, one hears “publish or perish.”  Sharing one’s research and expanding the body of knowledge are the ultimate goals.  Some faculty members publish and/or edit in traditional toll access model journals, and some do this in Open Access publications.   There will be a brief presentation on citation and journal impact factors as well as authors’ rights for OA and traditional journals.  This will be followed by an open discussion led by a panel of NMSU faculty members who will talk about publishing in and editing scholarly journals.  Come to hear Jennifer Curtiss, Immo Hansen, Bruce Olberding, Barry Thatcher and Stefan Zollner share their perspectives and experiences, and join in the discussion.

Event organizer Paula Johnson said that faculty, students and the community at large who want to learn what Open Access is should try to attend at least one of the first three events.  People for whom Open Access is a force of good, a problematic movement or a mixed bag (and those who, for now, have no opinion) should plan to come to the final event of Open Access Week.

For more information, contact Johnson at (575) 646-7251 or








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