Open Access Week

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Claudia Holland
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George Mason University
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Our main event will be a panel featuring Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, and several Mason faculty (undetermined to date) who have published in open access journals or otherwise support the OA initiative. Panel participants will be cross-disciplinary in an effort to encourage greater awareness and interest in OA by more faculty. I anticipate the panel will share their views on OA policies, publishing choices, challenges (if any) with OA publishing, tenure practices, etc.

We also plan to set up OA information tables in each campus library (we have 4), show video clips, distribute pamphlets, etc. Previously we had tried info kiosks in the main campus's food court but that wasn't worth the effort (i.e., not enough traffic). It got kind of embarrassing (& semi-pathetic) when we accosted people walking by.

Like last year, we will decorate the George Mason statue with OA paraphernalia, give free loot to folks who listen to us (even briefly), and we may have a drawing for some semi-big-ticket items at the panel discussion. All this depends on funding, of course!

Free items are always welcome, from PLoS and SPARC.
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2012 OA Week preparations

Well, the fall semester madness has begun and, with it, our plans for OA Week are taking shape! We decided to expand OA Week into OA Month, this year, simply because this allows us greater flexibility in planning, plus we want to do more on each of the three Mason campuses.

We are hosting four main events, one in each week of October. The first and third weeks, I'll be giving a talk at two different campuses on the publishing process, with a focus on Open Access journals. The purpose…


Posted on September 7, 2012 at 8:30am

Fall is here and OA Week soon to come

Hello OA friends!! We are getting geared up for an exciting week in October at George Mason University--setting up space, ordering materials, planning outreach, etc. I would love to hear about activities you have planned this year to involve students and faculty.

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 6:39am — 2 Comments

OA Week Panel with CNI's Clifford Lynch

George Mason University's celebration of the 2010 International Open Access Week was a rousing success! To listen to (or read a transcript of) Clifford Lynch's talk and the OA panel discussion, please click on the link on the front page of our wiki at

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 10:52am

Open Scholarship Opens Minds

George Mason University in Virginia, USA, is hosting an OA panel on October 20, 2010. The keynote speaker for the event will be Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, who will talk about OA policies in higher education, faculty publishing choices, open courseware, and access to digitized library collections, among other things. Subsequently, four distinguished Mason faculty will share their experiences with OA publishing. Donald Seto (bioinformatics),… Continue

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

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At 3:44am on November 4, 2010, Jane said…
I work in the computer lab and am in the habit of chatting with students to get their opinion and input. In course our talk a few students were excited to be partners in promotion. The University Librarian had no objection. The first meeting started with 2 students, then 6, 20, and finally we had over 40 students volunteering to do various activities like beauty pageant, articles, bandanas, badges, invitation cards etc They even had a student coordinator who was briefing the library on requirement and progress. These are the students (41) the library treated to a retreat. The retreat was just about having fun at Fourteen Flls and motivating the get involved. They have been carrying open access messages everywhere including retreat venue if you have seen the photos. We had buttons donated by PLOS and they proved an instant hit

The dance was popular music meant to pull crowds. But we had a poem presentation entitled '' serenading open access" I think its already uploaded here.

Several Workshops were held in the campus which includes:
Referencing and plagiariam
Web 2.0 technology
At 8:00pm on November 2, 2010, Jane said…
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology library Dept have held several exhibitions with low turn out. This time we involved the students and we were actually overwhelmed by turnout the whole week. They are so creative and resourceful and helped us reach the faculty. They did t-shirts, bandana, name tags with open access logos, posters and OA ambassadors sashes. We also decided to have fun.We had dances and salsa to pull crowds and a retreat at Fourteen Falls for participants. See activities photos I have uploaded or by JKUMUN

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