Happy Open Access Week!

Today kicks off a weeklong event in honor of Open Access! Open Access is “the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment” (SPARC). One of our favorite resources for explaining Open Access is this short video:

October 19th – October 25th you can join students, faculty, researchers, and citizens from around the world to learn about the benefits of Open Access. Open Access has made some headlines this year. Maybe you heard about publishing giant Elsevier’s new policy which creates barriers to open sharing of scholarly work? Or FASTR – new legislation for Fair Access to Science and Technology Research, or the new Open Library of Humanities.

To us, every week is Open Access week! Albertsons Library supports Open Access by working to make Boise State publications freely available to anyone in the world. Visit scholarworks.boisestate.edu to read over 5,000 faculty publications, 900 thesis and dissertations, and many other types of scholarly work. Watch our readership map to see these documents being downloaded all over the world. With almost 1.5 million downloads, we know people are finding and reading Boise State scholarship! http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/readership_map.html#content

Follow the conversation at #oaweek and #openaccess on Twitter and check out http://www.openaccessweek.org/. You can also follow and tweet @OpenBoiseState to tell us what you would like to know about Open Access at Boise State.

Amber Sherman,
ScholarWorks Librarian

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