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A guide to Open Access Week, October 21-27, 2019

Open Access Week Events @ Cornell

“Open for Whom” and 150 Years of Reliable Knowledge
Wednesday, October 23, 4:30-6:30pm
Kroch 2B48

Please join Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library on October 23 for a panel discussion and reception celebrating the press's 150th anniversary and Open Access Week. A global event now entering its 10th year, Open Access Week is an opportunity to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access information—the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use and reuse those results. The panel discussion on the theme of "Open for Whom" will be moderated by Gerald Beasley, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, with panelists Mahinder Kingra, Editor in Chief, Cornell University Press; Anne Armstrong, author, Cornell University Press; and Kizer Walker, Director of Collections, Cornell University Library. Reception to follow at 5:30pm.

Please note that capacity for this event will be capped at 40 attendees, so please RSVP to Jennifer Savran Kelly at if you’d like to attend. If you can’t make it, the panel portion of this event will be broadcast and recorded:

Open Access Fair and Lightning Talks
Thursday, October 24, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Mann Library Lobby

The fair will include information, activities, posters, and the chance to get a free OA Week t-shirt – along with coffee and cookies provided by Manndible Café! Lightning talks will be held concurrently in 102 Mann starting at 2pm, so you can learn how Cornellians are working to share knowledge with the world through open access, open data, open science, open educational resources, and more.

If you’ll be unable to attend, the lightning talks will be broadcast and recorded via Zoom:

Open Access Week Webinars and Other Events Elsewhere

SCELC Webinar: OER Programs at Private Liberal Arts Institutions
Monday, October 21, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST
The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium’s (SCELC) Scholarly Communications Committee invites you to spend lunchtime on Monday of Open Access Week (Oct. 21) learning about Open Education Resource (OER) Programs at private liberal arts institutions. Please join this year’s panel of faculty, librarians, and students from Gettysburg College and the University of San Diego to learn about their experiences with OER.

The event is a free webinar on a first come, first serve basis, but we are limited to 200 attendees who can simultaneously join the livestream. Please RSVP below using Eventbrite. SCELC Staff will send attendance links through Eventbrite messaging.. Eventbrite link:

Open Data Activism in Search of Algorithmic Transparency: Algorithmic Awareness in Practice
Tuesday, October 22nd,  Noon-1 PM EST.
This online learning opportunity will begin with an introduction to algorithms, touching on definitions, implications, and the link to digital transparency initiatives followed by a chance for a simple, hands-on experience with pseudocode (no previous coding knowledge required).  Registers at <

ACRL Presents: Open for Students and Educators:  Open Educational Resources Level the Playing Field
October 22, 2019 at 2 pm  EST. 
pen educational resources (OERs) are not usually a hard sell for students. But what about educators? How do they benefit from having access to resources that are licensed openly? And how can we, as librarians, guide faculty in adopting and adapting OERs? This free webcast will cover essential OER questions and topics. Please find registration information for the webinar here:

The Labor of Open
by Danielle Cooper, Leslie Chan, Emily Drabinski, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Jojo Karlin, and Ela Przybylo
The Labor of Open is a zine project undertaken at the 2019 Triangle Scholarly Communications Institute to examine the labor of scholar-led independent open access publishing as an equity issue in scholarly communications. The goal of our work is to make scholarly communications more equitable by advocating for spaces where scholar-led approaches can flourish within a larger structural system. We invite others to join us by sharing this zine and its message far and wide. The zine is available at

About Open Access Week



Open Access Fair Lightning Talks

Copyright: An Open Access Foundation
Amy Vanderlyke Dygert, Director of Copyright Services
To understand Open Access, you must first understand its relationship to – and roots in – copyright law. Open Access models make copyrighted content widely and freely available to the public despite the fact that the underlying works are protected by copyright. This lightning talk will outline the exclusive rights that copyright law gives authors and explain how those rights give authors power in publishing negotiations.
Open Access Primer
Jim DelRosso, Digital Projects Coordinator
Open Access is a broad concept, as demonstrated by the variety of topics being discussed today. This lightning talk will provide a super-brief rundown of the Open Access movement in general -- its principles, goals, and limitations -- as well as why we need to ask, "Open for Whom?"
eCommons is for everyone!
Gail Steinhart, Scholarly Communication Librarian
If you’ve ever wondered what eCommons is, what’s in it, and how it’s used to make content openly available on the web, this talk is for you.
Can open access save the social sciences and humanities? Thoughts from a journal editor
Kim Weeden, Chair of Sociology and Founding Editor, Sociological Science
This lightning talk will introduce a faculty-led, all-volunteer, non-profit, peer-reviewed, OA journal initiative in sociology, and some of successes and challenges Dr. Weeden and her colleagues encountered during its first 7 years of operation.
Open Education Resource Initiative
Ashley Shea, Head of Instruction Initiatives
Ashley Shea will talk about the SUNY Open Education Resource (OER) initiative and how it is being supported at Cornell. An overview of the funding initiative will be shared, as well as several success stories of OER adoption and creation on campus.  
Meeting research funding requirements for sharing FAIR and open data, how can librarians help?
Leah McEwen, Chemistry Librarian 
There is an overall lack of infrastructure to support funder expectations for open sharing of research data in many fields. Recent discussions in the chemical information community have focused on the general lack of specific author guidance on creating and packaging machine-readable data in accordance with the FAIR Data Principles. In the course of their work, librarians may interact with many different stakeholders that impact the information experience for researchers, including other libraries, publishers, repositories, databases, scientific societies and other institutional bodies. This lightning talk will describe a recent grant-funded workshop organized and facilitated by librarians to bring these stakeholders together and establish a process for harmonizing guidelines and workflows for sharing chemistry research data.  
Open Data
Wendy Kozlowski, Data Curation Specialist and RDMSG Coordinator
Learn about important sources of open data, including (federal, state and regional public datasets), federally funded publicly accessible data, and data made open by publishers and academics. Wendy will also cover the data services at Cornell, offered through the Research Data Management Service Group, that can help you make your own data open.
The makerspace is open!
Camille Andrews, Emerging Literacies Librarian
Learn about how the DIY spirit of makerspaces lends itself to openness of all kinds and how the mannUfactory makerspace approaches it.
Lynda Kellam, Senior Data Librarian, CISER
Results Reproduction (R-Squared) is a service in CISER that computationally reproduces the results of your research to ensure reproducibility and transparency. This talk with discuss why we created R-Squared, explain the process (in brief), and provide info on how to take advantage of the service for your research.
SciPost: a new community based journal. Is this the future of all scientific publications?
Csaba Csaki, Professor, Department of Physics
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