Open Access Week 2018 at UW Tacoma

Banner for Open Access Week

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, free of most copyright and licensing restriction. – from Open Access (MIT Press) by Peter Suber,

This year, the UW Tacoma Library is partnering with the UW Libraries Scholarly Communication Outreach Team to host a series of events for Open Access Week. Through these activities, we seek to engage the UW Tacoma community in conversations around the intersecting values of community-engaged scholarship and the open access. Through services like UW Tacoma Digital Commons and SelectedWorks Author Profiles, the Library has provided platforms that enable faculty and students to openly share their research. We look forward to exploring how openly sharing work is changing teaching, research, and scholarship.

Also, since it happens to fall during Open Access Week, we’re cross-listing a talk that examines public domain, freely-available materials that document Tacoma’s rich history.

Discuss Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

Image of cover for Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a documentaryWHAT: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (Movie Screening)
Released in September 2018, this 60-minute documentary examines the for-profit publishing industry and highlights some of the benefits of open access for research and science. In keeping with its theme, Paywall: the Business of Scholarship was released under a CC-BY 4.0 Creative Commons license and is openly available for anyone to view at their convenience
WHEN: October 24, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
MORE INFO: Campus Event Calendar

WHAT: New UW Open Access Policy 
The Open Access movement promotes a vision of the world where everyone has access to the scholarly record, regardless of their income or institutional affiliation. This presentation will explore the different strategies that advocates are pursuing to make this vision a reality, including some exciting recent efforts at the University of Washington. This discussion will also highlight local efforts at UW Tacoma to help faculty openly share they’re work. Presented by Liz Bedford, Scholarly Publishing and Outreach Librarian, UW Libraries; Justin Wadland, Associate Director and Head, Digital Scholarship, UW Tacoma; and Marisa Petrich, Instructional Design Librarian, UW Tacoma.
WHEN: October 30, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
MORE INFO: Campus Event Calendar

Discover Local History through the Digital Public Domain

Bird's eye view of Tacoma, a map published in 1893.
Bird’s eye view of Tacoma, 1893, courtesy Library of Congress:

WHAT: #TacomaPublicDomain: Mining DPLA (and Other Amazing Online Collections) for Local History
Beginning this summer, librarian Justin Wadland began a modest project: once a week, he posts at least one public domain primary source to Twitter under the hashtag #TacomaPublicDomain. In this talk offered as part of Open Access Week and the IAS Seminar: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Local History taught by Kim Davenport, Wadland will give a quick introduction to the public domain and share some of the tools, like the Digital Public Library of America, where public domain and openly-available primary sources can be found. Also, he will introduce a few tools that can be used to analyze and present these materials and invite you to contribute your findings.
WHEN: October 22, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
MORE INFO: Campus Event Calendar

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