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Open Access: Open Access Week 2015

Understand open access and Loyola's institutional repository.

Open Access Week 2015 Schedule

Open Access Week Events

Open Access Week is an opportunity for the Loyola community to talk about what is happening in the world of scholarship and research and how publication norms are affected by open access.  “Open Access” is defined as “the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as needed.”  Open access is transformative in its influence, not just for those of us working in academia, but also for any profession that works with information and disseminates it through publication.  Medicine, science, industry, and society as a whole, all are regularly affected by the life cycle of scholarly research.  The academic library is a natural place for students and faculty to discuss open access, share concerns, and identify best practices.  We invite you to join us for any of the following events, and encourage you to bring your experiences and your questions.

Questions about Open Access Week may be sent to Fred Barnhart.

Your Writing Rights: Understanding Publication Agreements

Monday, October 19

9:30 a.m. • Klarchek Information Commons, Room 120

You put a lot of work into your scholarly writing. Make sure that you have the rights to use it again. This workshop will teach the skills of how to read an author’s agreement in order to understand what rights you are signing to your publisher and how you may reuse your work. You will then learn how to negotiate for additional rights and how to self-archive your work legally.

This workshop is intended for faculty and graduate students.
Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Please contact Margaret Heller at

Who's Devouring Whom?: Preventing Publishing Predation

Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate, School of Library and Information Studies, UW Madison

Wednesday, October 21

10:30 a.m. coffee & pastries •11 a.m. presentation • Klarchek Information Commons, Fourth Floor

Scholarly publishing, once a quiet predictable oasis, has metamorphosed into a wild bramble-thicket that feels as full of threats as of opportunities. This Open Access Week, how will we learn to see beyond the thorns? How will Loyola ensure that its mission to “expand knowledge in the service of humanity” is not devoured by dread and doubt? How will libraries help build a fearlessly open scholarly community?


Edit Wikipedia Workshop

Wednesday, October 21

4:30 - 5 p.m. • Klarchek Information Commons, Room 120

To celebrate Open Access Week, join us for a session on becoming a contributor to Wikipedia. You will learn how to edit pages, create new pages, improve already existing content, and leave meaningful comments on the most popular open access website on the Internet.

Questions? Please contact Will Kent at