Webcast Invitation - The Right to Research: Engaging students on the topic of access to research

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*Please distribute. Registration is free, but limited. Register by August 4, 2008*

“Today’s students have come of age in the Internet era. Access to knowledge is the norm for them, rather than the exception. Students recognize how the lack of access is detrimental to research and education, and how the subscription-only model can conflict with the ethic of the academy, which is to share knowledge with everyone. I hope this guide will engage students and help them become more active participants in the campus conversation.” (Gavin Baker, author of The Right to Research)

The Right to Research: Engaging students on the topic of access to research
A SPARC Online Event
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
1:00 – 2:30PM Eastern

-    Gavin Baker, Graduate, University of Florida and SPARC Outreach Fellow
-    Nelson Pavlosky, Law Student, George Mason University, and SPARC Summer Intern
-    Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
-    Moderator: Jennifer McLennan, Director of Communications, SPARC

Today’s college students – both undergraduate and graduate –possess tremendous potential for shaping the future of scholarly exchange. Appreciating  student perspectives on information sharing and access to research can help to advance library outreach programs. In partnership with student leaders, SPARC has developed The Right to Research – a campaign that encourages student engagement and provides a suite of materials to help libraries connect with students on the topic of access to research. The goal of The Right to Research is to explore ways that libraries and students might  advance new opportunities to work  together in creating a more open system of scholarly communication.

Please join us for the latest installment in The Right to Research campaign. At this online event, student leaders Gavin Baker and Nelson Pavlosky will lead a discussion on:  why working with students is critical to advancing the discussing of access to research; how to effectively engage students on campus and what resources are available; and specific actions to take next semester – including an announcement of our next nationwide on-campus event to raise awareness.

This invitation is open to SPARC members and other libraries only. You’ll need access to a phone and a Web browser to participate. Access details will be sent to registrants. Limited to 100 participants.

Register by end of day, Wednesday, August 4, at http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/event_registration.shtml.
Questions and comments may be directed to Jennifer McLennan through jennifer@arl.org.