Open Access Week Promotes Sustainable Publishing Models
NEW YORK, September 28, 2010 –

Open access has become a new norm in scholarly publishing. Now is the time to celebrate and promote open access as an effective and sustainable method for advancing scholarship and research. During the week of October 18-24, Columbia, along with institutions around the globe, will engage faculty, students, and staff through lectures, workshops, and other events to celebrate Open Access Week.


As part of the fourth annual Open Access Week, Columbia's Scholarly Communication Program and Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) will host an array of events relevant to the community. Kenneth Crews, Director of Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office, will run five workshops on how to negotiate better publication agreements for works of scholarship and research. On October 18, Gary Hall, founder of Open Humanities Press and Culture Machine, will present a talk entitled "Radical Open Access in the Humanities." On October 20, publishing consultant Raym Crow will lead a workshop that focuses on the business models and approaches used to support open-access publications. To complete the week, CDRS will hold an open house where its services will be on display.

For a complete listing of the events, go to http://www.scholcomm.columbia.edu. Contact Kathryn Pope, kp2002@columbia.edu, for more information about how to get involved with Open Access Week.

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) partners with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia's research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. More information about their services and projects is available at http://cdrs.columbia.edu. CDRS is part of the Digital Programs and Technology Services division of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: /content/libraryweb

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