Webcast invitation – The home-field advantage: A report on OADay events at Duke (June 25)

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The home-field advantage: A report on 2008 OADay events at Duke
A SPARC Webcast
Thursday, June 25, 2009
11:00AM Pacific | 2:00PM Eastern
This one-hour event will be recorded

A commentator frequently featured by the Financial Times, Dr. James Boyle is a law professor who is increasingly well known for his articulate and poignant arguments in support of wider access to research. Josh Sommer is a student, patient, and co-founder of the Chordoma Foundation, challenging the likes of Dr. Boyle for their celebrity as he too gains renown as an impassioned and convincing advocate for Open Access to research.

Duke University is fortunate to name both of these compelling individuals citizens on campus – and library staff were quick to use this home-field advantage when they made plans for Open Access Day in 2008.

On June 25, Pat Thibodeau, Associate Dean at the Duke Medical Center Library, and Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer, will join us to describe the Open Access Day events that featured Dr. Boyle and Josh Sommer among speakers from the law school, medical faculty, and libraries. They’ll talk openly about the success and lessons learned from live events, as well as from participation in Web events simulcast by the OA Day organizers and using tables and videos to gain attention for the Day. Participating in the Webcast is a great way to share ideas and experience with others who plan to or may celebrate Open Access Week in October 2009.

Open Access Day @ Duke is featured in the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication blog at http://library.duke.edu/blogs/scholcomm/2008/09/23/open-access-day-duke/.

Videos of the Duke presenters are online at http://www.sparcspaces.org/video/category/open-access-day/.

This Webcast, held in preparation for Open Access Week 2009, October 19 – 23, 2009, will also feature the official launch of OASIS (the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook). This now-annual event, expanded from one day to a full week, presents an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. 120 campuses in 27 countries celebrated Open Access Day in 2008.

This year’s program will highlight educational resources on Open Access that local hosts can use to customize their own programs to suit local audiences and time zones. Open Access Week is being organized by SPARC, the Public Library of Science, Students for Free Culture, eIFL, OASIS, and the Open Access Directory. To register to participate in Open Access Week, or for more information, visit http://www.openaccessweek.org.

Please join us.

The home-field advantage: A report on 2008 OADay events at Duke
A SPARC Webcast
Thursday, June 25, 2009
11:00AM Pacific | 2:00PM Eastern
This one-hour event will be recorded

Questions or comments may be directed to Jennifer McLennan, SPARC’s Director of Communications, through jennifer [at] arl [dot] org.