[Irtalk] FW: [Liasaonline] LIASA adopts Open Access Week

Smith, Ina <ismith@sun.ac.za> ismith at sun.ac.za
Thu Jun 19 23:52:05 SAST 2014

From: liasaonline-bounces at list.liasa.org.za [liasaonline-bounces at list.liasa.org.za] on behalf of Ujala Satgoor [u.satgoor at ru.ac.za]
Sent: 19 June 2014 11:16 PM
To: liasaonline at list.liasa.org.za
Subject: [Liasaonline] LIASA adopts Open Access Week

Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the LIASA Executive Committee, it gives me great pleasure to announce that – during the LIASA Representative Council Meeting held on 27 April 2014 – Open Access Week was adopted as a third LIASA project to be supported by our Association, in addition to two existing projects, namely South African Library Week (15 – 22 March 2014) and the LIASA Annual Conference (22 – 26 September 2014). LIASA was one of the first South African signatories to the Berlin Declaration on Open Access (http://openaccess.mpg.de/286432/Berlin-Declaration) and subsequent to this, the LIASA official journal, South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science (SAJLIS) is now published as an Open Access journal (http://sajlis.journals.ac.za/pub)

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its seventh year, is an opportunity for the public, academic and research communities to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with others, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in teaching, learning and research. Different library sectors can get involved in different ways, for example:

  *   Public libraries: Create an awareness of Open Access, provide Open Access to full text online content, and help push to make publicly funded research openly accessible for all. Remember – all members of your community will in the end also benefit from results made publicly available, e.g. solutions to address medical conditions, learners requiring access to trusted information, and many more. Professionals not affiliated with a large institution should be able to access research free of charge, e.g. a health practitioner, a consultant etc.
  *   School libraries: Open textbooks – part of the broader open educational resources movement – are made available online to be freely used by learners, teachers and members of the community. Use these textbooks to address access and affordability concerns, and to complement existing learning material. Teachers should also be encouraged to share learning and teaching material in an open format so that the less fortunate can benefit.
  *   Special, Research and Academic Libraries: In addition to providing free of charge access to valuable research, Open Access also helps increase the visibility of research, which in the end increases the impact research might have. Read more<http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm> on Open Access.
How can you get involved?
Join the Open Access Week international initiative at http://www.openaccessweek.org/ This page also offers lots of ideas for activities and events that can be hosted at your library. Share what you plan to do on this page, as well as on the various LIASA facebook pages. The Chairs of the various interest groups will help coordinate activities within the various branches, and we would like to encourage you to get in touch well in advance.

Important: Please diarise the date for Open Access Week: 20- 26 October 2014. A webinar will be hosted well in advance during which a panel will address the issue of Open Access in the various library sectors, as well as answering questions you might have.

We are looking forward to making this a South African initiative and getting all on board and creating an awareness amongst all! Let’s make a difference! For further information please contact Ina Smith, HELIG Chair-Elect at <ismith at sun.ac.za<mailto:ismith at sun.ac.za>>

Best regards

Ms Ujala Satgoor
LIASA President
president at liasa.org.za<mailto:president at liasa.org.za>

"Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracy"

*Director: Library Services
Rhodes University
u.satgoor at ru.ac.za
TEL: 046 603 8079
FAX: 046 603 7310
Skype: ujala.satgoor

Chairperson: IFLA 2015 National CommitteeMember: National Council for Library and Information Services
Member: IFLA Africa Standing Committee

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