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University Library participates in International Open Access Week, Oct. 18–22

October 13, 2010

Open access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world. It means making research results available online to the public to read and use free of charge. Authors publishing research in open access venues benefit from greater exposure of their work to a more diverse audience than those who do not participate in open access. With open access, the public benefits from reading the best and most up-to-date information available, including medical research and scientific discoveries. Open access has the potential to change how research is done, how broadly it is shared, and the impact that it has.

Open Access Week is a campaign to broaden awareness and understanding of how scholarly publishing models are changing, including the growth of open access publishing. The university library is recognizing Open Access Week by distributing information in Dimond Library and the biological sciences; chemistry; engineering, math, and computer sciences; and physics branches. Daily emails exploring open access themes will be sent to UNH faculty and students via email.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, the university library will host a drop-in session for faculty (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dimond Library, faculty lounge, room 502). In this discussion, special guest Jon Cavicchi, intellectual property librarian from the UNH School of Law intellectual property library and Eleta Exline, scholarly communication coordinator, the university library, will be available for informal exchanges on intellectual property generally and issues related to the open access movement, including copyright and use of the SPARC Author Addendum. For questions about this session, contact Eleta Exline.

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