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Open Access Week Oct. 24-28






Amherst, MA – Open Access Week, a global event in its fifth year, will be held from October 24 to October 28 this year. As part of the 2011 Open Access Week, the UMass Amherst Libraries will host a series of events relevant to copyright and fair use, open educational resources, open data, and the launch of Credo, an online repository containing the digital collections of Special Collections and University Archives. All events are free and open to the public. The full schedule is available at

Monday, October 24

Beyond the Copyright Wars: Fair Use, Free Speech, and Reframing the Policy Debate
Patricia Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media and professor of Communications, American University
4:30 p.m. Reception to follow
Campus Center, Amherst Room (10th floor)
In a discussion of her new book, Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (2011), Aufderheide will illustrate how recent research on fair use has reframed the academic and policy discourse around copyright and fair use.

Tuesday, October 25

Ins and Outs of Image Use in Your Teaching and Research
Brian Shelburne, Head, Image Collection Library
9-10:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Room 2601, Du Bois Library
A free-form discussion concerning issues regarding images available to the academic community, especially of interest to faculty and students who require images in their scholarly pursuits. Learn how to find, use, and manage images for courses and research. Issues to be addressed include fair use of images, copyright, sources, use of Creative Commons licenses with your own work, technical aspects of image creation, and more. Bring topics or scenarios to discuss.

Challenges and Opportunities for Data Sharing
Panel of faculty and graduate students
Noon-2:00 p.m.  Pizza and soda will be served
Room 2601, Du Bois Library
In this discussion, panelists will present challenges and opportunities that come with sharing research data in an effort to understand the impacts of data management requirements from agencies like the NSF and the NEH. This workshop is especially beneficial for faculty and graduate students.  For more information, contact Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Digital Strategies Coordinator, at or 577-0912.

Wednesday, October 26

Open Access, Copyright, and Fair Use for Theses and Dissertations
Meghan Banach, Bibliographic Access and Metadata Coordinator
Noon-1:30 p.m. Pizza will be served.
Room 2601, Du Bois Library
This event gives graduate students an overview of open access and the benefits of choosing open access for electronic theses and dissertations. An overview of copyright and fair use as it relates to theses and dissertations will also be presented. Discussion time will explore graduate students’ thoughts about open access and copyright issues.RSVP to Meghan Banach ( by October 18th. Co-sponsored by UMass Amherst Libraries and the Graduate School.

Sustainability Resources at the UMass Amherst Libraries, a Faculty Workshop
Madeleine Charney, Reference Librarian
3:30-5 p.m. Simple fare of local origin will be served.
Room 2601, Du Bois Library
The sustainability movement is touching all corners of the UMass Amherst campus. Join your fellow faculty membersto learn about rich library resources to enhance the sustainability curriculum. Library specialists across disciplines will briefly present a sampling of relevant and dynamic tools to enliven the teaching and learning experience. There will be time for questions and sharing ideas about what’s happening in our classrooms, across campus and in the local/global community. RSVP to Madeleine Charney or 577-0784.

Thursday, October 27

CREDO Launch Party
10 a.m. – noon. Refreshments will be served.
Learning Commons, Lower Level, Du Bois Library
Join Special Collections and University Archives librarians to learn about and celebrate the launch of CREDO, the new digital online repository. Scholars and librarians will demonstrate and discuss its usage.

Friday, October 28

The UMass Amherst Open Education Initiative
Noon-1:30 p.m. Light lunch will be served.
Room 2601, Du Bois Library
A faculty panel will discuss their pilot experiences as the first award-winners of the Open Education Initiative at UMass Amherst and students will describe their experience to date. Librarians and Academic Computing staff will present resources and services they offer to faculty in support of this initiative. RSVP to Marilyn Billings at

Open Access is the principle that research should be made freely available via the Internet, especially in the case of publicly funded research. Research has shown that providing open access to scholarly work dramatically increases the number of times the work will be cited in the future. UMass Amherst faculty can provide open access to their work by participating in ScholarWorks@UMassAmherst (, a digital repository service provided by the UMass Amherst Libraries. For more information, contact Marilyn Billings (, 545-6891).










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