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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - October 2020

By Mary Jane Chew

Focus on Faculty

Libraries highlights timely importance of open access resources

Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies joined institutions across the world in celebrating Open Access Week (virtually) earlier this month.

“If you are new to open access, this is a wonderful time to start learning,” said Beth McNeil, dean of Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies, “With our ongoing commitment to sustainable scholarship at Purdue, access to high-quality, freely accessible scholarship is especially important. We want to educate the campus on the value of these resources as demand for them increases.”

And demand is growing. Purdue e-Pubs, Purdue’s institutional repository for open scholarship, provides free access to Purdue scholarship, with an aim to collect, organize, store, and share the scholarly output of Purdue University. In 2020, month-by-month downloads of Purdue e-Pubs materials increased by 10-42% from 2019, illustrating the growing number of people who are eager to learn from and utilize the work of Purdue researchers.

“Open access fulfills our land-grant mission by giving back to our community,” said Nina Collins, Libraries’ scholarly publishing specialist. “Increasing the pace of research and development, leading to greater access and use of scholarship, and providing needed resources to practitioners and technical workers is more important than ever in our current educational environment as they work to move their scholarship forward in the face of a global pandemic.”

If you are interested in learning more about open access publishing, Purdue Libraries encourages you to explore their social media channels -  Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Libraries is featuring stories from faculty and students who have chosen to publish their work through open access platforms and showcase open access tools and resources especially useful to the Purdue community.

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