[Irtalk] UPDATED: Open Access Week & Stanford Open Access course

HELIG LIASA heligliasa at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 14:07:15 SAST 2014

Dear Colleagues

As announced previously, this is the first year that LIASA will be
officially supporting International Open Access (OA) Week. We have started
off with a big bang by having *60 librarians* from all sectors enrolled for
the Stanford Open Access/Open Knowledge online course! We were pleasantly
surprised by the interest shown, and wish all the best of luck! Course
information is available at
(registration required).

*But why is it so important that we have as many librarians possible on
board?* The objectives - in brief:

- Open Access should be part of* every librarians’ *role. Librarianship is
about making sure all our users will always have access to quality
information, without any barriers.
- By having you all on board it helps to create a *pool of expertise* on
Open Access. Open Access is not some holy grail which only a selected few
can work on. Everybody can be on board!
- This course offers the *ideal setting* to further your knowledge on OA.
It is self-paced, and you can decide to spend as much time you want on it
(at least 1 hour a week, but no more than 8 hours a week required). You do
not even have to leave your home or office. Remember – OA applies to all
kinds of libraries.
- Through joining this course we get to experience *online, self-paced
learning hands-on*. Once we know how it works, we can also investigate for
implementation in our own libraries, maybe doing online training in
different areas, or even create opportunities for people from all areas of
work to further their careers.
- Online learning can be a somewhat lonely process. For that reason we have
started an *OA support group mailing list*. Through this list we will be
able to exchange ideas, motivate one another, and work towards a common
goal. Join today! E-mail: ingrid.thomson at uct.ac.za or ismith at sun.ac.za

*Have you planned any activities for OA Week at your library yet?*

Please join the international <http://www.openaccessweek.org/> and SA  OA
Week community <http://www.openaccessweek.org/group/openaccesssouthafrica>.
This page also contains many activities and ideas for use in all kinds of
libraries. Also share what you will be doing as part of the SA Community

With kind regards

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