UW News

October 14, 2010

UW Libraries to note Open Access Week with discussions

UW Libraries will participate in the national Open Access Week with three panel discussions at Odegaard Library. Open access refers to the movement away from proprietary journals and toward open access to scholarly research. This is the second year that UW Libraries has participated in the event, which was organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Public Library of Science and Students for Free Culture.

The three panels are:

Issues for Authors: Copyright, Fair Use, Open Access and Archiving, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in 220 Odegaard. Panelists are Ann Lally, head of digital initiatives at the libraries; Tim Jewell, director of information resources & scholarly communication at the libraries; and Clark Shores, assistant attorney general in the attorney general’s office.

The panel will discuss the mechanics of copyright, authors’ rights, fair use of others’ works, open access and the UW’s own depository for scholarly works, Research Works. Other issues to be covered include how to copyright a work, when permissions are needed to use previously published works and how to maximize the audience for a work. Intended for all UW authors, this session should be especially helpful for those writing theses and dissertations.

Open Access Journal Publishing — A UW Perspective, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 220 Odegaard, with Felix Chew, professor of radiology; Peter Lape, associate professor of anthropology;  Michael Biggins, head of Slavic studies, UW Libraries; and Kelsey Barrett, international studies undergraduate.

Open access journal publishing is promoted by some as a desirable alternative to high-cost, subscription-based journals. Though similar in its positive aspects to subscription-based publishing, open access publishing has its own issues. This panel will bring together editors and authors associated with UW-based open access journals to discuss issues, successes, challenges and potential solutions.

Libraries and Copyright in the Digital Age: Q & A with the Experts, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 220 Odegaard, with Carrie Russell, American Library Association, Office of Information Technology Policy; Thom Deardorff, coordinator for access services/libraries copyright officer at UW Libraries; and Clark Shores, assistant attorney general in the attorney general’s office.

Do you have nagging questions about copyright? Ever wondered how the Google Books Settlement and the various lawsuits will impact your work as librarians or researchers? Using a question and answer format, this panel of experts will discuss recent developments in copyright law as they relate to libraries and digital access.

All of the sessions are free. No pre-registration is required. For further information about the national program, go to the website.