Open Access Week at the Bodleian Libraries

24 October 2011

12x240The Bodleian Libraries join the academic community worldwide in marking the Open Access Week (24-30 October 2011). Two presentations by Bodleian staff members will take place on Wednesday, 24 October at 13.15 in the RSL Lounge.

The OA movement in Law - Ruth Bird, Bodleian Law Library

Ruth Bird, Bodleian Law Librarian and Acting Social Sciences Librarian, will introduce several strands of free online access in substantive Law resources, from legal journals, to case law, to legislation, and the relevance of the movement to all citizens, not only those in legal practice and academia.  Ruth has been a participant in, and supporter of, the Free Access to Law Movement since the founding of AUSTLII in 1995 in Australia. As a Board member of the International Association of Law Libraries she is also working with colleagues in the US to promote the Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship.

Access to digital theses - Sally Rumsey, ORA

Sally Rumsey, Digital Collections Development Manager, will talk about the mass provision of digital copies of theses which has been around since the late 1990ís. The main driver for change has been to improve access which is generally accepted as difficult in the print domain. This talk will describe some of the current factors concerning online theses and where we are now with respect to access to this form of research work. Sally leads the group responsible for development of the Bodleian Librariesí internal born-digital and digitized collections and manages the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA).

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they have learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

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