The Texas A&M University Libraries will celebrate Open Access Week Oct. 18-22 with a series of campus-wide events aimed at faculty and students. In its fourth year, the international OA event is marked by symposia, exhibitions, parties, giveaways and contests. Open access has emerged as an alternative publishing model for making scholarly and research literature as widely available as possible.
“This is Texas A&M’s first year to participate in Open Access Week, although we’ve long supported its principles through various scholarly activities,” explained Gail Clement, Digital Services and Scholarly Communication librarian. “We want to spread the word across campus that open access literature is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions,” she added.
An information booth, the OA Café, will be set up at several campus library locations. Visitors can get information about open access and copyright, as well as pick up “Aggies for Open Access” buttons and register for Aggie-themed prizes. Guest experts will be available to answer questions at the OA Café.
In-class presentations will address special topics such as, “Is there Copyright in Second Life,” and the Thesis Office will co-sponsor a Creative Commons Clinic Oct. 18 in the Sterling C. Evans Library.
Texas A&M is a founding member of the Texas Digital Library. Its digital repository contains the scholarly output of the University including published articles, conference papers, dissertations and theses, faculty-authored textbooks, AgriLife publications and historical images from Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.