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Celebrate Open Access Week at the UB Libraries!

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Open Access Week – October 22 – 26, 2012

The University at Buffalo Libraries have a series of events planned that are designed to raise awareness and create conversation about how the open access movement impacts your teaching, scholarship and career.


Monday, October 22, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. UBIR: Submitting Items into the Institutional Repository Presenter:Mark Ludwig Location:212 Capen Hall, North Campus Register to attend

The UBIR is an online catalog of UB Scholarship. It can be used to preserve and publish documents and digital objects. It can also archive research data collections to fulfill NSF requirements. This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the Repository’s role in ensuring long term preservation and access. Participants will have an opportunity to test drive the item submission process and the repository’s search engine.


Tuesday, October 23, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Textbook Affordability: Making Sense of the Options Presenter:Charles Lyons Location:212 Capen Hall, North Campus Register to attend

The cost of textbooks is of concern not only to students, but also to instructors, administrators, publishers, authors, librarians, bookstores, and parents. Escalating prices threaten the affordability and accessibility of higher education at UB and across the country. The goal of this session is to increase awareness of the rapidly evolving dynamics of today’s textbook market. In addition to the cost of textbooks, a wide array of other factors can now be taken into account when making decisions about textbooks: format (print or electronic), access (rent or buy), condition (new or used), pricing model (traditional or open access), and more. This session will clarify the available options, while focusing on the issue of textbook affordability.


Wednesday, October 24, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. How Publishing Decisions Affect Your Research Impact Presenter:Ben Wagner Location:212 Capen Hall, North Campus Register to attend

This hands-on workshop will showcase how tools such as Web of Science and Google Scholar influence the visibility, readership, and citation impact of one’s scholarship within the scientific literature. Participants will learn how to find specific metrics like the h-index and journal impact factors.


Thursday, October 25, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Reading Goes Electric: The Rise, Evolution, and Significance of the eBook Presenter:Charles D’Aniello Location:212 Capen Hall, North Campus Register to attend

Can ebooks (especially free ones) make us more human? What would Thomas Jefferson say about ebooks? How powerful can artificial intelligence be if it grows on a low protein diet? What if Google (or something like it) “ruled” the world? How did IBM’s Watson (computer) get so smart anyway? Look at the present — it hints boldly at a possible future, for ebooks and digital texts in general. What would a world corpus of recorded (textually remembered) knowledge make possible?


Friday, October 26, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Authors’ Rights: A Brief Introduction Presenter:Beth Adelman Location:212 Capen Hall, North Campus Register to attend

This session will introduce authors to the concept of authors’ rights. The presentation is intended to provide a self-evaluative framework for authors to question whether these rights are important. It will also introduce skills to assess and to modify a publisher’s boilerplate author agreement.

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