- What: Group viewing and discussion of this investigation into the $25 billion for-profit scholarly publishing industry (that is, the big commercial publishers as opposed to non-profit, university presses) from the perspective of the open access movement
- When: Tuesday, October 23, 1:30-3:00pm, and Friday, October 26, 1:00-2:30pm
- Where: Center for Active Learning and Library Instruction (CALLI), H-04-015
- Who: All faculty, staff, and students at UMass Boston are invited to join us
There are a lot of reasons to support Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OERs). The Open Access movement is driven by the ideal that we all benefit when high-quality information is made freely available. It’s a strongly democratic idea, as it holds that our current publishing system privileges those who are able to pay for access (either individually or through association with a college or university). Many people have come to see these barriers to information as an issue of social inequality, and the move to democratize our publishing models has prompted global declarations and support, including UNESCO’s Paris OER Declaration and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.
Closer to home, both the United States and Europe have issued mandates stating that publicly funded research must be made available via open access within a limited time frame after publication. Individual institutions, including UMass Boston, are also adopting open access publishing policies for their own researchers. The Faculty Council at UMass Boston adopted a campus-wide open access policy in 2012. And when it comes to our students, researchers have found that students frequently choose not to purchase textbooks because of cost, knowing that this decision may negatively impact their grades. Further, they don’t register for classes, or register for fewer classes overall, due to textbook cost, impacting persistence and time to degree completion.
Healey Library provides access to ScholarWorks, UMass Boston’s own open access institutional repository. ScholarWorks is the digital collection of UMass Boston’s intellectual, research, and scholarly output that centralizes, makes accessible, and preserves knowledge produced by the institution. Visit the ScholarWorks homepage to watch as materials uploaded to ScholarWorks by the UMass Boston community are accessed by users around the world.
UMass Boston and Healey Library are deeply committed to these ideals. We hope you can join the staff of Healey Library for a viewing and discussion of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. This one-hour, open access documentary takes a deep dive into the for-profit publishing industry, and we’d love to hear about your own experiences navigating this process as both a reviewer and an author.
Happy Open Access Week! Healey Library celebrates unfettered access to high-quality information at all times, but especially this week!
UMASS BOSTON OPEN ACCESS WEEK EVENTS
sponsored by Healey Library, IT and Student Government in collaboration with MassPIRG
|Monday, October 22nd||ScholarWorks – Live Updates||9:00am to 4:00pm||Library Entrance – 2nd Floor|
|Tuesday, October 23rd||ScholarWorks – Live Updates||9:00am to 4:00pm||Library Entrance – 2nd Floor|
|A Faculty Presentation on using ‘Open’ content – Prof. Brian White||12:30pm to 1:00pm||CALLI – 4th Floor Library|
|Screening of the documentary – PayWall – The Business of Scholarship||1:30 pm to 3 pm||CALLI – 4th Floor Library|
|Wednesday, October 24th||ScholarWorks – Live Updates||9:00am to 4:00pm||Library Entrance – 2nd Floor|
|The cost of education – A Student Perspective||12:30pm to 1:30pm||CALLI – 4th Floor Library|
|Thursday, October 25th||Benefits of Open Access Publishing – A Presentation by Andrew Elder on ScholarWorks||12:30pm to 1:30pm||CALLI – 4th Floor Library|
|Friday, October 25th||Screening of the documentary – PayWall – The Business of Scholarship||1:00pm to 2:30pm||CALLI – 4th Floor Library|