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Open Access Week at UCLA October 21-27, 2013

Open Access Week 2013

Open Access Week offers multiple opportunities for the academic and research community to learn more about the benefits of open access, share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and help inspire wider participation in helping to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

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

Why You Should Care about Open Data: Why Research Data Are Rarely Reused

Lecture: Why You Should Care about Open Data: Why Research Data Are Rarely Reused
Monday, October 21; 3 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room

Scholarly knowledge-sharing includes sharing research data, but while the supply of data is growing rapidly, demand exists in only a few research communities. This appears to be caused by factors related to trust, application, and practices. When collecting one’s own data, a researcher knows its origins, transfor-mations, analyses, assumptions, strengths, limitations, access conditions, and likely longevity, but researchers may not have that information about data acquired from other parties. Librarians, archivists, and data scientists assist scholars with managing, curating, and disseminating their data, recommending practices with reuse in mind whenever possible. This lecture is by Christine L. Borgman, professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.

Copyright for Creators

Research Workshop: Copyright for Creators
Tuesday, October 22; 2 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library Research Commons Classroom

Whether you’re writing an article for a peer-reviewed publication or are a poet, blogger, remix artist, songwriter, videographer, painter, digital artist, or other form of creator, you need to know about copyright. How can you incorporate others’ work ethically and legally? When can you claim fair use, and when must you ask permission? How can you protect your own copyright on items you create? This session will cover the basics and point to important resources to help with your scholarly work and beyond. Admission is free, and no reservations are required.

Dissertation to Book: Separating Truth from Fiction

Panel Discussion: Dissertation to Book: Separating Truth from Fiction
Wednesday, October 23; 1 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library

As the academic job market continues to constrict, new PhDs in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are more keenly aware than ever of the need to turn their dissertations into published books. At the same time, many campuses now require doctoral candidates to file their dissertations electronically, with full-text made available online through ProQuest’s Digital Dissertations database and/or an institutional repository. Not surprisingly, graduate students wonder if putting their dissertations online will hurt their chances of publishing with a reputable press. Acquisitions editors from respected academic presses will discuss the acquisitions process and the relationship between electronic dissertations and scholarly publishing. 

Find out at this discussion of academic publishing with our panelists:

  • Robert Dreesen, Senior Editor for Politics and Sociology, Cambridge University Press
  • Kathleen McDermott, Executive Editor for History, Harvard University Press
  • Dr. Marlene Coles, Partner Relations Manager, Proquest
  • Naomi Schneider, Executive Editor for the Social Sciences, University of California Press
  • Brigitte Shull, Senior Editor, Literature and Gender Studies, Palgrave Macmillan

Admission is free, but space is limited, and reservations are required; RSVP to <dgurman@library.ucla.edu> and include your department affiliation.

Lunch and Librarians

Office Hours: Lunch and Librarians
Thursday, October 24; 1-3 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library Research Commons, Pod 14

Have questions about copyright, UC's eScholarship repository, or open-access alternatives to scholarly publications? Stop by these office hours offered by UCLA Library staff.

UC Open Access Policy Informational Sessions for Faculty

For Academic Senate Faculty: UC Open Access Policy Informational Sessions

  • Thursday, October 17, 9-11 a.m.: Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room
  • Tuesday, October 22, 10 a.m.-noon: Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library Classroom
  • Friday, October 25, 10 a.m.-noon: Powell Library Building Room 238

Members of the UCLA Academic Senate and UCLA Library staff members will answer questions about the new UC Open Access Policy and provide support for faculty with its implementation, which begins at UCLA on November 1. Attendance is limited to UCLA Academic Senate faculty; no reservations are required.

Library staff members will also be available to answer questions during a drop-in session on Friday, October 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Research Library’s Research Commons, pod 14.