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Open Access Week at UCLA October 20-24, 2014

Open Access Week is an international event for the academic and research community, to come together and promote the value of open access, share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and learn how to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

A list of UCLA Open Access Week events are listed below chronologically.

Open Access Week Kickoff!

Monday, October 20; Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room

Refreshments, Open Access informational materials & other goodies provided

SPARC and the World Bank will co-host the official kickoff event for International Open Access Week 2014, an annual opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The event will be held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, DC with a live webcast for online participation around the world. The program will focus on this year’s theme of “Generation Open.” Speakers will discuss the importance of students and early career researchers in the transition to Open Access and explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers.

We will watch the webcast and follow with some discussion of Open Access Week here at UCLA, highlighting what you can do to bring attention to these important issues. We’ll also have t-shirts, buttons, and lots of informational materials to help you spread the word throughout the week.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Tuesday, October 21; 10 a.m. - Noon
Charles E. Young Research Library Research Commons Classroom

Hosted by Kelly Miller, Sharon Shafer, Margarita Nafpaktitis, and Lisa McAulay

Currently, there are entries in Wikipedia with subject matter relating to existing UCLA digital collections, but they lack External Links to our collections. Providing Wikipedia External Links from appropriate entries to the digitized collections will increase the visibility of the digital collections, and foster future Wikipedia editors.  It will also expand the Library's role as custodian of our cultural heritage and their partner in the open access initiative.

Publishing Your Creative Work: Online or Print?

Panel Discussion: Publishing Your Creative Work: Online or Print?
Wednesday, October 22nd; 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room

As the number of creative writing programs and their attendant aspiring authors grows exponentially, the process of getting work published and finding an audience has become increasingly difficult. Choosing a journal to submit to or making the decision to self-publish is just the first step. Today writers are faced with another dilemma: which is preferable, print or online? Are there differences in status, circulation, and opportunity? What about getting paid? 

Our panelists will discuss the question of whether open access (the practice of making academic journal articles freely available online) should be extended to non-scholarly work, specifically the kind of creative work published in zines and literary journals. They’ll also describe their publications, and offer insights into the pros and cons of selling print copies versus providing free online access.

We'll conclude with a workshop on creating zines, led by Julia Glassman, UCLA Librarian, novelist, and zinester. 


Darcy Cosper, Deputy Senior Fiction Editor, LA Review of Books and Editor in Chief, Swink

Julia Glassman, Writing Librarian at UCLA’s Powell Library, author of the novel Other Life Forms, and various zines

Michelle Meyering, Director of Programs and Events, PEN Center USA, and founding editor of The Ratting Wall

Kevin Mosby, Editor, Westwind

 Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions, please email