Libraries to host events for International Open Access Week

October 14, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Libraries will sponsor a series of events next week to highlight the university's efforts in open access and generate discussion on challenges of open access in university scholarship.

The events are part of Open Access Week, a global celebration to raise awareness in scholarship and research, set for Monday (Oct. 18) through Oct. 25.

Open access is the free availability on the Internet, permitting any user to read, download, print, search or link to the full texts of materials. Open access works are freely accessible but their use is still protected under U.S. Copyright law.

Events at Purdue include:

* "Building Business Models for Campus-based Publishing." 2-3:30 p.m. Monday. Stewart Center, Room 322. Ray Crow, senior consultant for SPARC, will present the basics of developing a sustainable business model and will review models commonly used to support open access journals.

* "Publishing for Global Impact." 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 20). Stewart Center, Room 311. A panel of faculty who edit and/or publish in open access journals will discuss opportunities to have research disseminated internationally to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and to help deliver research to practitioners using open access publishing.

Following the discussion, a reception and a presentation of Purdue's first Leadership in Open Access award will occur. The award was created to reflect the priorities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and to recognize outstanding leadership in scholarly communication at the university.

* On Oct. 21, Scott Brandt, associate dean for research and professor of library science, will speak on practices for managing and providing access to data. His presentation will be at 3 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 322.

For more information on Open Access Week at Purdue, contact Beth McNeil, associate dean for Academic Affairs for Purdue Libraries at

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077;

Source: Beth McNeil, 765-496-2261,