October 22, 2010

International Open Access Week 2010

Writing about web page http://go.warwick.ac.uk/lib-openaccess

The 4th International Open Access Week is drawing to a close now and looking back of a busy week of events I think that we can be quietly proud of the way things have gone here at Warwick.  This year we celebrated in a number of ways:

  • We held two experimental drop-in sessions which generated some interesting discussion on the citation advantage and how to convince colleagues.  As well as a discussion on the importance of accurate metadata!
  • I recorded my first conversational podcast for display on the new Knowledge Centre website.
  • We hosted a well attended event, intended for researchers but better attended by Library staff.  The researchers missed a really excellent talk by Gerry Lawson of the Natural Environment Research Council about the views and attitudes of funder's to the Open Access as well as talks by myself and Jen Delasalle about a whole collection of other Open Access topics.
  • I was invited to speak at the regular meeting of our subject staff to give them a refresher on WRAP, Open Access and other things!  I found this meeting really useful and I think both sides came away with ideas to better support the work of the other, which is always fantastic!
  • And finally I celebrated Open Access Week with the addition of two new members of my team who have managed to more than double the size of the WRAP team in one go!  The timing was coincidental but it was a great way for the Library and University to demonstrate their commitment to open access and WRAP!

There have been lessons learnt from my first Open Access Week but I think overall it was a moderate success and the WRAP competition continues to run and I'll announce the winner of that early next week!

I'll close with a huge thank you to Gerry Lawson for speaking at Wednesday's event and an equally big thank you to Jen for speaking and for co-organising the whole week!

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