OpenAccessOpen Access Week is this October 21 through October 27th this year. UW–Madison libraries are committed to celebrating and promoting this important week. Two main events are scheduled: a brown-bag panel with academic librarians and a forum featuring librarians and faculty. For more information, keep reading!

Open Access Week: October 21 – October 27, 2013

What does open access mean? “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

Read more about this international event, now in its 6th year: International Open Access Week: Redefining Impact.

October 23, 2013: Library Panel Brown-bag

This panel will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the SLIS (School of Library and Information Studies) Commons, room 4207, in Helen C. White. The speakers will explore: how OA affects our research, our students, our classes, our libraries, and our campus. Speakers include:

  • Nancy Sims – Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota libraries
    • Challenges and Issues of Open Access Publishing in Scholarly Communication
  • Carrie Nelson – Public Services/Instructional Content Librarian, College Library
    • Open Educational Resources and Textbooks
  • Ryan Schryver – Reserves and Information Services librarian, Wendt
    • The OSTP Memo and Open Data
  • Julie Schneider – Director, Ebling Library
    • Public Access Initiatives and Compliance

At a Glance

  • What: Open Access Academic Librarian Panel Brown-bag
  • When: Wednesday, October 23rd, from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: SLIS Commons, 4207 Helen C. White

October 24, 2013: Open Access/Open Data @ UW

This forum, sponsored by the UW–Madison Libraries and Research Data Services, invites you to explore current and emerging trends in research data and publication access, policy, preservation, management and discovery.

Registration is encouraged. Continental breakfast will be provided.


Karl Broman received his BS in mathematics from UW-Milwaukee and PhD in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University for eight years. He joined the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at UW-Madison in 2007. His research concerns statistical problems in genetics and genomics, with a particularly focus on meiotic recombination and the genetic dissection of complex diseases in model organisms. He has served as associate editor for the journals Genetics, Biostatistics, and Journal of the American Statistical Association.

Ryan Schryver, leader of the campus organization Research Data Services (RDS), will speak about the data services offered by RDS, including Data Management consultation and planning.

Peter Gorman, as head of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, oversees efforts to digitize materials from UW System libraries and make them available online. He also supports MINDS@UW, the institutional repository designed to gather, distribute, and preserve digital materials related to the University of Wisconsin’s research and instructional mission.

Trisha Adamus supports the Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) and is actively working toward the development of a research network in her role as the ICTR library liaison. She is extremely interested in open access and advocates open access initiatives on campus.

Lisa Saywell, in addition to her duties as the head of public services at Memorial Library, is a extraordinary resource regarding copyright on campus. We are pleased to have her share her knowledge about the rights of authors and open access.

Julie Schneider is knowledgeable about open/public access policies of numerous government and private funding agencies with expertise on policy from the National Institutes of Health. She is passionate about and actively supports public access initiatives.

At a Glance

  • What: Open Access, Open Data @ UW Forum
  • Where: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, DeLuca forum
  • When: Thursday, October 24th, from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (Continental breakfast provided)
  • Please register here.

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