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[Video] The Future of Textbooks in an Open Access World

 

The Future of Textbooks in an Open Access World

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“Many students at George Mason University are part of the generation that’s accustomed to getting the information it needs instantly—anytime, anywhere. This month, the global issue over whether Generation Open’s increasing access to free, online resources will change traditional teaching practices, comes to the forefront at George Mason University.”

“At the new Gateway Library on the Fairfax Campus, Mason’s nationally ranked Forensics Team, under the guidance of Professor Peter Pober, presented a roundtable discussion on ‘The Future of Textbooks in an Open Access World.’”

“The event, hosted by the University Libraries, was part of George Mason’s seventh annual observance of International Open Access Week Oct. 20- Oct. 26. Open Access to information is defined by supporters as free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use results as needed.”

For the full article by Mason News Reporter Sudha Kamath, see: https://newsdesk.gmu.edu/2014/10/generation-open-mason-takes-closer-look-effects-access/

George Gets Fancy for Open Access Week 2014!

Since 1995, when the statue was first brought to campus, Mason students and organizations have decorated George’s statue to share school spirit and promote events. On Monday, October 20, George donned his International Open Access Week finery to kick start Mason’s celebration of the week dedicated to promoting free access to scholarly and creative material for universities. Many thanks to PLoS for providing George with his t-shirt, “shoe buckles,” and buttons!

Open Access Week: October 20-26, 2014

International Open Access Week is October 20-26, 2014.

This will be Mason’s 6th year celebrating International Open Access Week, which began as a student-led national day of action in 2007. See below for our great lineup of workshops, discussions, webinars, and campus visits in October.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014

SPARC/World Bank OA Week Kickoff

Join us for a live webcast of the SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)/ World Bank Open Access Week 2014 Kickoff.

The program will focus on this year’s theme of “Generation Open.” Speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

Monday, October 20, 3 to 4 p.m., Fenwick Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Fairfax Campus

or view the webcast online at http://live.worldbank.org

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014

SHARE, CHORUS, and Open Access: What You Need to Know (Webinar)

In early 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D Expenditures to develop plans to make federally funded research openly available to the public within one year of publication. Partly in response to this directive, university and library groups partnered to develop the SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) to promote the preservation of, access to, and reuse of scholarly research. Similarly, publishers, scholarly societies, and service providers came together to create the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) to increase public access to peer-reviewed publications that report on federally funded research.

Judy Ruttenberg, from SHARE, and Howard Ratner, from CHORUS will come together for a one-hour webinar to discuss the following:

  • What has been the response so far to the OSTP mandate among different federal departments?
  • What are the functions and goals of SHARE and CHORUS and how do the groups relate to the OSTP mandate?
  • Where do the two groups overlap, where do they complement each other, and how do they differ?
  • How can the groups work together to promote access to research?
  • What can librarians do to help their patrons benefit from the efforts of both groups?

Claudia Holland will lead a discussion following the presentation.

Tuesday, October 21, 1 to 2 p.m., Fenwick Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Fairfax Campus

Info Table/ORCID Booth

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research and open educational resources! The info tables will also feature materials about ORCID (orcid.org), a free service that provides researchers with a unique identifier to distinguish their research activities from those of others with similar names.

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, 4 to 7:30 p.m., Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

On Tuesday, a laptop will be available for students and faculty to register for an ORCID identifier on the Arlington campus.

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, Gateway Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

The Future of Textbooks in an Open Access World

The skyrocketing cost of textbooks poses practical and theoretical questions for an era  of unprecedented information freedom. How do textbook costs disadvantage low-income students? Are expensive textbooks worth the price, or are free or low-cost online resources a more practical option? In an age of tablet computing, should we be using physical textbooks at all?

The nationally ranked GMU Forensics Team takes on these questions and more at this year’s roundtable discussion, “The Future of Textbooks in an Open Access World.” Join this event, hosted by the University Libraries, to hear our student panelists discuss how the move toward free online resources will impact our learning  environments. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Featured speakers are Ian Birdwell, government and international politics major; Nathan Leys, government and international politics major; AK Komanduri, government and international politics major; and Samuel Abney, communication major.

Wednesday, October 22, 5 to 6 p.m., Johnson Center, Gateway Library Room 228, Fairfax Campus

Erin McKiernan – Open Access: A Researcher’s View (Webinar)

Erin McKiernan, a researcher working primarily in experimental and theoretical neuroscience at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Xochitepec, Morelos, México, will discuss her personal experiences with lack of access to scholarly literature, publishing in subscription and OA journals, green self-archiving, open peer review, and altmetrics. Erin received her PhD from the University of Arizona, and now works in Mexico at the National Institute of Public Health. The differences in literature access between the United States and Mexico started Erin on her current path of open access advocacy.

Wednesday, October 22, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Fenwick Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Fairfax Campus

Info Table/ORCID Booth

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research and open educational resources! The info tables will also feature materials about ORCID (orcid.org), a free service that provides researchers with a unique identifier to distinguish their research activities from those of others with similar names.

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, Gateway Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

ACRL Presents – Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives at Academic Libraries (Webinar)

There are many ways that academic librarians are engaging with their communities around issues of open access and scholarly communication – collaborations with faculty, students and administration are key to understanding user perspectives and to building advocacy.  This webcast, led by Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, will present examples of scholarly communication and open access initiatives at a variety of academic libraries across the country.  Join us to learn how your colleagues are engaging with their communities around issues of author rights, open access, open educational resources, and more.

Thursday, October 23, 2 to 3 p.m., Fenwick Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Fairfax Campus

Info Table/ORCID Booth

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research and open educational resources! The info tables will also feature materials about ORCID (orcid.org), a free service that provides researchers with a unique identifier to distinguish their research activities from those of others with similar names.

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, Gateway Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus

On Thursday, an ORCID “booth” will be set up in the Bull Run Hall Atrium from 11 am to 1 pm. A laptop will be available for students and faculty to register for an ORCID identifier.

Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research

What are the risks of publishing in an open access journal and what must be done to combat predatory OA publishing? Will OA publishing eventually supplant the traditional scholarly publishing model?

On October 23, 2013, students and faculty gathered at George’s Lounge to hear the nationally ranked GMU Forensics Team take on these questions and more at this year’s roundtable discussion, “Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research.” Our student panelists engaged the audience with their lively presentation on the challenges, merits, and future of open access publishing.

Featured speakers were Amelia Martin, civil engineering major; AK Komanduri, government and international politics major; Ian Birdwell, government and international politics major; Joseph Dineen, graduate student in political science; and Rob Warchol, graduate student in Middle East and Islamic studies.

George Dresses Up for Open Access Week 2013!

The George Mason statue, looking sharp in Open Access Week finery, is featured in Fourth Estate, the University’s official student news outlet.

Members and students gathered at 10 a.m. to adorn George in balloons, banners, a T-shirt and cape. Each October, for the past five years, Open Access has decorated George to kick start their International Open Access Week: a week dedicated to promoting free access to scholarly and creative material for universities.

Since 1995, when the statue was first brought to campus, Mason students continue to share their knowledge, school spirit and pride with one another by decorating George’s statue, and it is a tradition that will hopefully keep strong in the years to come.

For the full article by Fourth Estate Lifestyle Reporter Arrielle Brooks, see: http://www.gmufourthestate.com/content/mason-organizations-connect-student-body-through-george-mason-statue

 

 

Open Access Week: October 21-27, 2013

International Open Access Week is October 21-27, 2013.

This will be Mason’s 5th year celebrating International Open Access Week, which began as a student-led national day of action in 2007. See below for our great lineup of workshops, discussions, webinars, and campus visits in October.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dress Up George!

Come help us get George dressed up for International Open Access Week! We’ll bring the decorations, you bring the creativity.

Monday, October 21, 2013, 10:00 am, George Mason Statue (in front of the Johnson Center), Fairfax Campus

World Bank SPARC OA Week Kickoff

Join us for a live webcast of the SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)/World Bank Open Access Week 2013 kickoff. The event will begin with a 60-minute panel discussion, entitled, “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. Among the topics to be discussed are Article Level Metrics (ALM’s) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. Guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Monday, October 21, 2013, 3:00-7:00 pm, Fenwick Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How Copyright Reform Can Benefit Open Access

Copyright helps create incentives for creators to produce works that the public can enjoy. However, if copyright protections are too strong, then the result can be reduced access to scholarship and other works, which is the opposite of what copyright is meant to do.

Join Jerry Brito as he talks about how three major reforms to the Copyright Act would help foster greater public access to cultural and scholarly works and rebalance copyright. This event, hosted by the University Libraries, will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 3:15-4:15 pm at the Arlington Campus in Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room 126. Light refreshments will be served.

Jerry Brito is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University. His op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and elsewhere. He is the coauthor, with Susan Dudley, of Regulation: A Primer and the editor of Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess. His research focuses on technology and Internet policy, copyright, and the regulatory process.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 3:15-4:15 pm, Founders Hall, Multipurpose Room 126, Arlington Campus

The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia

Jake Orlowitz, recipient of a Wikimedia Foundation Individual  Engagement  Grant, will speak about “The Wikipedia Library (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library),” a new project he founded in 2012 for the purpose of connecting Wikipedia editors with the reliable information sources they need.

When the latest and best scholarly research is only available to those with the money to buy access to it, society itself is impoverished; yet efforts to promote universal open access even to government-funded research have not yet  prevailed. The Wikipedia Library provides several easy, legal ways for  research libraries to partner with trusted, experienced Wikipedians for  the purpose of ensuring that Internet information is good information.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 3:00 pm, Room B, Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus

Info Table

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 4:00-7:30 pm, Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Johnson Center Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access

What are the risks of publishing in an open access journal and what must be done to combat predatory OA publishing? Will OA publishing eventually supplant the traditional scholarly publishing model?

The nationally ranked GMU Forensics Team takes on these questions and more at this year’s roundtable discussion, “Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research.” Join this event, hosted by the University Libraries and the Department of Communication, to hear our student panelists discuss the challenges, merits, and future of open access publishing. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00 – 1:15 pm in George’s on the third floor of the Johnson Center. A Q&A will follow the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Featured speakers are Amelia Martin, civil engineering major; AK Komanduri, government and international politics major; Ian Birdwell, government and international politics major; Joseph Dineen, graduate student in political science; and Rob Warchol, graduate student in Middle East and Islamic studies.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 12:00-1:15 pm,Johnson Center, George’s Lounge (3rd Floor), Fairfax Campus

ASERL’s Open Access Week Chat with Peter Suber

The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) is hosting an interactive discussion with Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communications and many other titles and accomplishments. Instead of a web-based lecture, this will be an interactive interview and discussion with Peter.  Attendees can submit questions and comments in real-time during the session.  Christine Fruin, ASERL’s Visiting Program Officer for Scholarly Communications, will moderate the session.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 2:00-3:30 pm, Johnson Center Instruction Room, Fairfax Campus

OR view the live webcast at http://bit.ly/GJz1mN

Data Services Open House

Stop by Data Services to meet our staff and learn about open data resources.  Data Services provides help with finding, getting and using statistical, geospatial and qualitative data.  We support open access to research data by supporting the DMPTool (data management planning tool) which can be used by researchers when writing funder-mandated data management plans.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 3:30-5:00 pm, Fenwick Library, Data Services Computer Lab (Room C103), Fairfax Campus

Info Table

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 4:00-7:30 pm, Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Johnson Center Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Prince William Campus Faculty Author and Open Access Information Fair

Join us in celebrating George Mason University Prince William Campus Faculty Authors and International Open Access Week. Publications from faculty authors will be on display. Dr. Iosif Vaisman and Dr. Don Seto will speak about their experiences with publishing in open access journals. Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch will speak about her experience as an editor of an open access journal. Claudia Holland will speak about George Mason University Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund, available to assist with financial support to Mason scholars and researchers who wish to publish their work in reputable open access (OA) journals that require an article processing fee. Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and registered graduate students are eligible to apply. See the OAPF guidelines for information on journal eligibility. Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 11:30 am-2:00 pm (speakers will begin at 12:00 pm), Bull Run Hall Atrium, Prince William Campus

Info Table

Come pick up some free swag and ask one of our librarians about Open Access to research!

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 4:00-7:30 pm, Founders Hall Lobby, Arlington Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Johnson Center Library, Fairfax Campus

Tuesday, October 22 – Thursday, October 24, 2013, Mercer Library, Prince William Campus