Open Access Week 2012 at Columbia
NEW YORK, October 17, 2012 –

Columbia Libraries and Columbia's Scholarly Communication Program are hosting three events next week as part of the global Open Access Week 2012, and everyone's invited:

Monday October 22, 1:00 pm - Butler Library, Room 523

Your Dissertation: What You Need to Know About Copyright and Electronic Filing

This event is free and open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) must file their dissertations electronically, and a copy of each dissertation will be deposited in Columbia's online repository Academic Commons. This new requirement may change the way you prepare your dissertation for filing. Learn important information about using copyrighted materials in your dissertation, and depositing your work in Academic Commons. Bring your questions!


Kenneth Crews, Columbia Copyright Advisory Office

Rob Hilliker, Academic Commons Manager


Tuesday October 23, 11:00 am - Butler Library, Room 523

Bountiful Harvest? Collection-building Opportunities With Open Access

This event is free and open to the public.

How is open access changing the way libraries build their collections? Has it caused greater shifts in opportunities in the sciences or humanities? What are the most pressing challenges it presents? Join Columbia’s Scholarly Communication Program for a lively debate on how librarians can support open access and use it to enrich the collections and services they offer.


Matthew Baker, Collection Services Librarian, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Pamela Graham, Director of Global Studies and Director, Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

Megan Wacha, Research and Instruction Librarian for Media and the Performing Arts, Barnard College


Wednesday October 24, 2:30 pm - Butler Library, Room 523

Webcast Screening: Open Access and Your Publications - What’s Copyright Got To Do With It?

The screening is open to Columbia students, faculty, and staff. Web registration for the general public is available at the ALA Store here.

Join us for our webcast screening of an American Library Association (ALA) webinar with Kenneth Crews, director of Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.

For librarians, researchers and many other library users, the open access movement has enabled easy and reliable access to a wide range of new publications.  However, the success of open access hinges on the terms in the agreements between authors and publishers. The copyright language that spells out whether the public will have access to specific material might be buried in a cryptic, pro forma email attachment or even a click-through agreement. Don’t let your materials stay hidden under a rock—facilitate access by learning to be proactive with the expert advice of copyright authority Kenneth D. Crews. This is the second of a series of occasional ALA webinars called “Crews on Copyright”.

(NB: These events are also listed on the Scholarly Communication Program website here, and the Open Access Week 2012 website here.)


The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) supports the global reach and impact of research produced at Columbia University. Its mission is to explore and raise awareness about new research tools, methods, and support services that are available to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. In pursuit of this mission, the SCP hosts events and workshops, curates news and resources on our Web site, and engages in innovative scholarly communication initiatives on campus and in the wider academic community. The SCP is an initiative of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, which is part 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 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:

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