University Libraries Marks Open Access Week

Posted: October 13, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 12, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Open Access Week, Oct. 19-23, draws worldwide attention to the unrestricted sharing of scholarly research and materials for the advancement and enjoyment of all.

Open Access (OA) literature is freely accessible online, maximizing the visibility, use and impact of research. University Libraries’ participation in OA Week offers the Mason community an opportunity to learn more about Mason’s OA initiatives.

Highlighting OA Week is “Author’s Rights, Publishers and Open Access: Why You Should Read That Contract!” Madelyn Wessel, associate general counsel at the University of Virginia, will discuss copyright options that allow authors to retain specific publishing rights for the purpose of increasing the availability and impact of their research worldwide. Wessel will speak Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Edwin Meese III Conference Room in Mason Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

Representatives from the Copyright Resources Office, Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS), and University Dissertation and Thesis Services will be on hand during the week to answer questions as well as distribute information about OA, publishing in refereed OA journals and depositing works in MARS. To learn more, stop by the libraries’ kiosk Oct. 20-22 from noon to 2 p.m. on the Johnson Center North Plaza, weather permitting, or Johnson Center Atrium.

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