On October 16, 2014 the library partnered with the Graduate Student Government to have our first Open Access event in a number of years. Even though the event was more aligned with WPI’s academic calendar than the “official” start of Open Access Week, it was great to see students and librarians get together to celebrate Open Access Week, which officially starts today.
What is Open Access? According to SPARC, Open Access is the “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Simply, Open Access means providing free access with the rights to fully use research. Many librarians have long been supporters of the Open Access movement because it helps our collection dollars go further and it provides access to important research.
At the Gordon Library we have close to 40,000 Open Access titles available, both journals and e-books. We make it easy to get access to them because all Open Access content can be found in Summon, the library’s discovery service. The discoverable content includes the directory of Open Access Journals, PLoS, BioOne, Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), the Directory of Open Acess Books and more! You’ll also be able to search the Open Access titles from publishers such as Nature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, and others.
To celebrate Open Access Week, we invite you to enter the Meme Competition sponsored by Knowledge Unlatched, a new Open Access model for providing e-books in which the Gordon Library participates. Hurry! The contest ends October 26, 2014.