Open Access Week 2016 Events (#KUopenaccess)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

KU Libraries' Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright is excited to observe International Open Access Week, October 24-30, 2016. We join institutions from around the world in recognizing innovation in sharing scholarly information and the resulting benefits. This year’s theme is “Open in Action,” and we have extended our activities beyond the traditionally recognized week for a month of activity. We kick off our celebration on Thursday, October 6, with a keynote lecture by April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian, New York University, who is known for her work exploring the intersection between open and social justice.
Shulenburger Office has created a guide that outlines three simple actions that researchers can take to increase the openness and visibility of their research during the month of October and beyond. These steps include carefully reading and understanding publication agreements, archiving your work in KU ScholarWorks and registering for a free ORCID identifier.

See full press release and below for details on scheduled events.

Thursday, October 6, 2016:

April Hathcock portraitOpening Up the Margins
April Hathcock, Scholarly Communications Librarian, NYU
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., The Commons, Spooner Hall

The Open Access movement has helped to make scholarly materials more widely available to researchers across the globe. It has also helped to open the doors for scholars who are often excluded from scholarly discourse to participate in forming the scholarly record. This keynote will explore ways to bring in voices from the margins and efforts we can make to ensure that commonly marginalized voices are welcomed into the mainstream of scholarly discourse.

April Hathcock is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in librarianship, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016:

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (film screening & discussion)The Internet's Own Boy promotional poster
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library Auditorium

How are social justice and the economics of information access intertwined? Join us for a screening of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, and then stay for a discussion of open access to scholarly research led by Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communications Librarian at KU. Co-sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library and the KU Libraries' Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright.





  • Ada Emmett
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Manager
    Digital Initiatives, KU Libraries
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