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On Monday, May 19th, SPARC hosted a one-hour webcast to help kickoff planning for this year's International Open Access Week. The webcast featured a panel of experts who have organized successful Open Access Week events in years past. Each described their approach to celebrating the week, gave advice on ensuring a successful event, and outlined any challenges that other organizers might prepare for. A recording of the webcast is embeded below, and the slides of each presenter are linked by their names.
While Open Access Week is five months away, beginning to make arrangements now can ensure a smooth planning process and provide the foundation for successful events to meaningfully advance the conversation around Open Access on your campus.
Our expert panelists were:
Anneliese Taylor, University of California, San Francisco [SLIDES]: As Assistant Director for Scholarly Communications & Collections, Anneliese has helped lead UCSF's participation in Open Access Week with events that put the issue into local context and support the successful implementaiton of the system-wide open access policy at UCSF.
Marianne Reed, University of Kansas [SLIDES]: Marianne has helped spearhead many years of successful Open Access Week programs at the University of Kansas on behalf of the Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, targeting students and faculty. The events have even included a presentation by their local Congressperson, Representative Kevin Yoder, on the topic of Open Access.
Daniel Mutonga, Medical Students' Association of Kenya (MSAKE) [SLIDES]: As the former president of the Medical Students' Association of Kenya, Daniel led the organization's extremely successful Open Access Week campaign in 2012 which hosted events at medical schools across the country and, in one week, educated a signficant portion of Kenya's medical students about Open Access.
Note: Daniel Mutonga's slides were not displayed in the webcast due to technical difficulties; however, they are available at the link above.