Open Access Week Events @ Cornell

What does "open access" look like for the incarcerated?
Date/Time: Monday, October 24th; 11:15am - 12:15pm
Location: Uris Library Fiske Room (light refreshments will be served and in person attendees will receive a pair of OA socks!) or Zoom 
Moderated by Nichole McCarthy, Original Content Collections Manager, Legal Information Institute
The short answer is, there is no such thing as "open access" in a correctional facility. However, access to information and education in correctional facilities is still essential. Instead of talking specifically about "open access" efforts, we are going to talk about the ways in which The Cornell Prison Education Program and Cornell Libraries work together to provide access to information to those receiving an education while incarcerated.

  • Betsye Violette, Associate Director of Student Services, Cornell Prison Education Program
  • Maddie Reynolds, Cornell Prison Education Program Librarian, Olin & Uris Libraries
  • Wendy Wilcox Co-Director, Resource & Access Services, Cornell University Library

Who's Using Your OA Content - and Why It Matters
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 25th; 11am - 12pm
Location: Uris Library Fiske Room (light refreshments will be served and in person attendees will receive a pair of OA socks!) or Zoom
Presented by Mahinder Kingra, Cornell University Press
Increasing, academic presses are taking advantage of funding opportunities to publish monographs in the Open Access environment. However, to both understand how this content is being use and to ensure that OA does not become a "dumping ground" for books with specialized readerships, book publishers must ensure that they are obtaining and analyzing the usage data for this content and developing new metrics to justify the considerable investment in publishing "free" content. However, this data is not readily available nor is it easy to regularize statistics across platforms. This affords new opportunities for publishers and libraries to work together.

Trends in Peer Review of Open Access Preprints
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26th; 11am - 12pm
Location: Mann Library Room 160 (light refreshments will be served and in person attendees will receive a pair of OA socks!) or Zoom (pre-registration required; click the link to register)
Hosted by Alison Fromme of ArXiv 
Speed or research is a major feature of open access preprint platforms like arXiv - formal peer review can follow later after rapid distribution of results. However, as submissions to arXiv and other preprint servers have grown, many researchers are seeking new avenues for community feedback and peer review. At this panel discussion, leaders in preprints and peer review will discuss current trends in virtual overlay journals, open peer reviews, and more.

  • Peter Coles, PhD, Theoretical Cosmologist at Maynooth University in Ireland and Managing Editor of The Open Journal of Astrophysics
  • Jessica Polka, PhD, Executive Director of ASAPbio
  • Antti Mikael Rousi, PhD, Senior Advisor, Research Services at Aalto University, Finland
  • Steinn Sigurdsson, PhD, Professor of Astronomy at Penn State University and arXiv Scientific Director

OER Above Cayuga's Waters: An Introduction to Open Educational Resources
Date/Time: Thursday, October 27th; 11am - 12pm
Location: Olin Library Room 703 (light refreshments will be served and in person attendees will receive a pair of OA socks!) or Zoom
Presented by Mike Priehs, Cornell Copyright Office
Open Educational Resources, also known as OER, are educational materials that are intentionally created and licensed to be free for users to own, share, and customize. These materials can range from a single lesson plan to an entire textbook. Not only can they save students money, but they can also be modified and remixed to better meet the learning objectives of courses. In this session, we will describe and define OER, talk about copyright and licensing issues, identify examples of OER in practice, and share our experience and knowledge of OER in use at Cornell University.

Lightning Talks!
Date/Time: Friday, October 28th; 10am - 11am
Location: Zoom
Hosted by Debra Howell, Cornell University Library
Lightning talks are short presentations of 5-10 minutes that are arranged one after the other that allow presenters to convey ideas, information, and concepts quickly in an exciting format. Our Open Access Week Lightning Talks include:

  • Changes to Public Access to Federally Funded Research
    • Presented by Matthew Koppel, Copyright Specialist, Cornell University Library
    • In August, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memorandum eliminating the 12-month embargo on federally funded research. This presentation will briefly review what this policy guidance means for researchers and the broader academic community.
  • Making Research Papers Available to All
    • Presented by Shamsi Beers Brinn, User Interface/Experience Specialist, arXiv
    • For 30 years, arXiv has removed financial, institutional, and geographic barriers to access research and profoundly impacted how scientific knowledge is shared around the world. But for scientists with a variety of disabilities - such as blindness or reading disabilities - research is still not open. arXiv is embarking on an ambitious project to make the research we host as accessible and approachable as possible. We will share our findings, where arXiv can have the most impact, and how these changes benefit the entire scientific community.
  • Updates on the Cornell Open Access Publishing Fund (COAP)
    • Presented by Kizer Walker, Director of Collections, Cornell University Library

Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of Scholarly Communications
Date/Time: Friday, October 28th; 11am - 12pm
Presented by TBD
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