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MACOMB, IL — In celebration of Open Access Week (Oct. 19-25), Western Illinois University Libraries will present an open access discussion panel at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge. The panel discussion is open free to the public.
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University Libraries to Host Open Access Week Discussion Panel Oct. 22

October 12, 2015


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MACOMB, IL — In celebration of Open Access Week (Oct. 19-25), Western Illinois University Libraries will present an open access discussion panel at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library Garden Lounge. The panel discussion is open free to the public.

Organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Open Access Week is a global event.

"Now entering its eighth year, [Open Access Week] is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access, to share what they've learned with colleagues and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research," states the Open Access Week website.

WIU faculty panelists will include Ginny Boynton, professor, history; Chris Adamski-Mietus, instructor, sociology and anthropology; Tom Hegna, assistant professor, geology; and Linda Zellmer, associate professor, WIU Libraries.

Panelists will discuss their experiences with publishing in open access journals, teaching with open textbooks, as well as address the questions of copyright, quality and accessibility that these experiences raise. Questions from the audience will be taken at the end of the moderated discussion.

"Open access has the potential to resolve some of the issues surrounding the rising cost of scholarly literature, but it's a fairly new concept with its own challenges to be navigated," said University Libraries Outreach Librarian Christina Norton, one of the organizers of the event. "We hope this discussion will encourage people to explore open access options and potentially apply them to their own research and teaching."

For more information about Open Access Week or the discussion panel, contact University Libraries Assistant Professor Mahrya Carncross at (309) 298-2785 or via email at M-Carncross@wiu.edu.

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