It’s Open Access Week at Ryerson Library!

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Open Access Week kicks off today at Ryerson Library!

Open Access Week is a global event held annually in October to raise awareness of the benefits of open access in the academic and research community.  We encourage faculty and graduate students to attend open access events and learn more about how open access can benefit your teaching and research.


Monday: Free Film Screening: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

October 20th, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in LIB489B, 4th floor of the Library

The Internet’s Own Boy is the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal battle with the American Federal government. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties. To celebrate Open Access Week the Creative Commons version of the film will be screened in LIB489B from 2-4pm. This event is open to the Ryerson community.


Tuesday: LTO Workshop: Liberate Your Course Materials: Open Access and Copyright Free Resources For Your Teaching

October 21, 2014 – 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in POD-372

This workshop, facilitated by Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Librarian, and Dan Jakubek, GIS and Map Librarian, will highlight freely available course materials, textbooks, data sets, and multimedia. The new fair dealing exceptions to the Copyright Act (sec. 29), in combination with Creative Commons material, public domain historical material, and open access books and journals, means that there is more content open for educational use than ever before. Learn where you can find free images for your PowerPoints and free textbooks for your classes! We will be providing participants with tips, resources, and information on library services available to reduce the work required to put together course readings.

Lunch will be provided. Please register online through the LTO website before Oct 21.


Wednesday: Webinar: BC Open Textbook Project

Oct 22nd, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in LIB489B, 4th floor of the Library

To celebrate International Open Access Week, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and BCcampus are presenting an informative and interactive webinar on digital open textbooks. Join Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager, Open Education, and Leva Lee, Manager, Professional Learning, of BCcampus to learn more about the innovative BC Open Textbook Project.


Thursday: Open Access update: Ryerson’s new Digital Repository, the Draft Tri-Council Policy and Green Open Access

October 23, 2014 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. in YDI-1134

The draft Tri-Council policy requires the deposit of publicly-funded research into an open access repository. In this session, Gillian Byrne, Brian Cameron, and Greg Singer will review the requirements of this policy and to ensure that researchers funded under the policy can satisfy the open access requirements by self-archiving author post-prints into Ryerson’s new digital repository. We will showcase the new repository, discuss the draft policy and provide guidance with green open access strategies.

Lunch will be provided. Please register online to attend.


Friday: Graduate Students Open Access Coffee House

Oct 24th 2:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m. Margaret Lawrence Room, SCC 201, Ryerson Student Union
Want to learn more about Open Access? To celebrate International Open Access Week Brian Cameron and Ann Ludbrook from the Library will discuss the basics of Open Access (what it is, why we should care), how to achieve open access, and what the library is doing to promote open access at Ryerson. They will also talk about open educational resources for research and teaching and provide some information on the benefits and problematics of going the Open Access route for your scholarly publishing.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.

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