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Open Access Week: Libraries to Host Oct. 23 Faculty Panel Discussion at Malpass

October 9, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University Libraries will celebrate Open Access Week (Oct. 22-28) with a panel discussion slated to start at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, fourth floor west.

According Open Access Week's website, the weeklong commemoration is "a global event now entering its sixth year" and provides 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." (see

Linda Zellmer, associate professor, University Libraries, said Open Access Week provides the WIU community the opportunity to continue the discussion of the benefits of publishing academic research in open access journals.

"We want to eliminate some myths and encourage departments to consider accepting certain open access journals as scholarly publications," she noted.

The Open Access Week panel will be comprised of faculty from Western, including: Melanie Hetzel-Riggin, associate professor, psychology department; Susan Romano, associate professor, biological sciences department; Kathy Barclay, professor, curriculum and instruction department; and Zellmer.

Zellmer added the panelists will discuss developing ideas for research and open and predatory journals, as well as talk about how to select a publication venue.

Zellmer has created a guide on scholarly publishing and open access, which is available at

For more information, contact Zellmer at (309) 298-2723 or via email at

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