Open Access Week is coming up October 24 – 30, 2011, and many a university library is in the process of planning! Here are some of my thoughts as a scholar and activist:
- highlight and celebrate the work of open access activists on campus. Tell people about the OA journals we publish, edit, author / review for. Point people to our author pages and articles in the institutional repository – perhaps rotating on the library’s website, on monitors or posters around campus?
- have an event or event(s) for people doing stuff in open access – a drop-in networking event for journal editors, for example
- would anyone on campus be interested in a round table on working with your association to move towards open access?
- invite scholars to tell libraries what the library should do to move to OA
- basic educational workshops on OA – author’s rights, setting up an OA journal, participating in the repository – are always a good idea
Why not fit OA week planning into overall scholarly communication initiatives? For example, why not recruit content for the IR with a goal of highlighting this new content on OA week?
My two bits…