Opentober Symposium at the Morgan Library

Opentober is Morgan Library’s celebration of Open Access and the open movement in higher education. Join us to celebrate at the Opentober Symposium on Oct. 28 in the Morgan Library Event Hall to examine open access journals and discuss the benefits of publishing with this service.

According to SPARC, a global coalition dedicated to advancing “open” as the default in research and education, Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Fitting in with Open Access Week, this symposium will begin with a pre-event workshop 10-11 a.m. in the Morgan Library Event Hall. Heidi Zuniga will detail “Selecting an Open Access Journal for Publication.”

Portrait of John Willinsky
John Willinsky

After lunch, 11:30 a.m.-noon, keynote speaker  John Willinsky will present “Open Has Long Been an Intellectual Property of Learning and What You Can Do About it.” This presentation will end at 12:50 p.m.

An Open Educational Panel, 1-1:50 p.m., will highlight “Open Textbooks and Educational Resources: Instructor Experiences and Perspectives” with Alyssa Gibbons, Iuliana Oprea, and Daniel Graham.

Jean Peccoud will present “A Navigation Guide to Open Access Journals,” 2-2:45 p.m., and the symposium will wrap up with Tobin Magle discussing  “Open Data: Why Would I Ever Let a Librarian Near My Research Data?”  2:45-3:30 p.m.

Participants will have an opportunity to search online for open access journals and to discuss what they find. A discussion about the ways in which libraries can assist researchers will conclude the symposium.

The Opentober celebration kicks off  Oct. 27 with a Monster Madness Double Feature Movie Night in the Morgan Library Event Hall. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., a showing of I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) will run until 5:50 p.m., followed by  Snowbeast (1977) 6-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

All Opentober events are free and open to the public. For more information about the Opentober Symposium and to register, visit the Morgan Library website.