Open Access Day Program

On October 14, I attended the Open Access Day Web cast at Binghamton University Libraries. While we had a decent showing of librarians, I was disappointed by the lack of faculty and students. Despite the low turnout at our library, I was happy to here they had over 125 campuses around the world watching the Web cast.

The presentation started with videos of interviews of researchers, librarians, graduate students, and other interested parties talking about why Open Access is important and how Open Access impacts their ability to locate and access information that they need.

Some important points that the Web cast brought up include the idea that there are many options available to publish in Open Access journals or in Open Access repositories to ensure that it is available to the widest possible audience.

I found the Web cast worthwhile. If you missed it, the Web cast will be available online for people who missed I to view at their leisure. I recommend that you check it out when you get an opportunity.
When asked what students can do to promote open access, Sir Richard Roberts, a joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1993 for discovering split genes and RNA splicing said (paraphrasing) “One of your principle jobs while in college is to rebel. If you are going to have new ideas they are not going to come from the establishment”. Of course to be a rebel with a cause, you need to do something besides just rebel. Some of the ideas of specific areas that supporters of Open Access can focus on include:

  • Choose to access open access works
  • Publish in open access journals and/or repositories
  • Take action: talk to people, advocate communicate
  • Show your support (wear t-shirts, hang up posters, etc.)
  • Join the movement! Collectively we can better our positions!