It’s here: Open Access Week 2012!

The University Libraries invite you to participate in Open Access Week 2012, an international celebration of the movement to provide free online access to research and scholarship.  Ten years ago the Budapest Open Access Initiative launched a worldwide campaign for open access (OA) to all new peer-reviewed research.  Today OA is well-established and growing in every discipline. The benefits of OA have been proven.  The feasibility of OA has been demonstrated.  Recommendations for moving ahead have been articulated.  It’s time to set the default to open.

OA is strategic for Carnegie Mellon, affirmed by Faculty Senate resolutions in 2007 and 2008.  The University Libraries advocate for open access and, in collaboration with the Office of Government Relations, lobby for legislation in support of open access.  The Libraries provide an open-access repository and publishing platform called Research Showcase.  CMU faculty and students can deposit journal articles, conference papers, technical reports, theses and dissertations with confidence that the Libraries will preserve the material and maintain open access to it.  Faculty and students can also use Research Showcase to manage journals and conferences, from paper submission and peer review to publication and preservation.

To celebrate Open Access Week 2012, the University Libraries will have tables in Hunt Library, Newell-Simon Atrium, and the University Center, 11 am-2 pm, October 22 (Monday) and October 25 (Thursday).  Come play Non-Trivial Pursuit or Name the Researcher and win a prize.  Come talk to a librarian about issues and developments in scholarly communication.  Get answers to your questions.  And above all, celebrate Open Access Week 2012!

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