Open Access Week is a yearly celebration of all the work that goes in to making open scholarship, data, and education resources. This year’s international theme “Open for Whom?” invites us to consider equity. Whose voices are included in open scholarship? Whose work “counts”?
What Is Open Access?
“Open access” is a term used to describe research information which can be freely accessed online paired with the rights to use these results by anyone, regardless of institutional affiliation or any other classification.
Open access represents the democratization of information as a public good in the service of furthering human progress. The values espoused by the open access philosophy closely mirror Loyola’s mission, which speaks to the need for “knowledge in the service of humanity” and “learning and leadership in openhanded and generous ways to ensure freedom of inquiry, the pursuit of truth and care for others.”
Open Access Week at Loyola
We are holding a number of events this week to celebrate Open Access Week. See all our events and register here.
- Cudahy Library and Lewis Library display areas
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Sustainability for Digital Projects and Their Communities
- October 23, 2019 | 12:30-1:30 PM | Loyola Hall 318
Community technology projects underpin so much of the digital humanities and libraries, but building these communities and maintaining them over time is not easy. Various models for sustainability have been tried over the past 150 years, and there are some clear better practices to follow when planning projects. Margaret Heller, Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago Libraries will discuss the special challenges in making community digital academic and library projects sustainable, based on her 2019 book Community Technology Projects: Making Them Work. Sponsored by the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Friends of Libraries Week Faculty Speaker Event: The History of Fake News in the United States
- October 23, 2019 | 5:30-7 PM | Information Commons 4th Floor
Loyola University Chicago Libraries is pleased to present Loyola Associate Professor in the Department of History, Michelle Nickerson, who will speak about “Fake News in the United States.” Dr. Nickerson teaches courses on the history of women and gender, U.S. politics, social movements, cities and suburbs.
Nickerson’s talk will take you through American journalism’s historical and politicized relationship to facts. Starting with the partisan newspapers of the early republic, then moving through the sensationalistic and lurid decades of late 19th-century yellow journalism, she will demonstrate how Americans did not start demanding accuracy from news until the early twentieth century, when influential Americans grew tired of their privacy being violated by muckrakers and tabloid writers. Nickerson will also discuss how the development of cable news and online social media, arriving as they did in the age of the culture wars, fractured politics culture with their double-whammy. Unlike the early nineteenth-century era of partisanship, however, we find ourselves in a post-truth era, when politics structure the packaging and delivery of news (as it did in the early republic), but this time “truth” and “fact” remain elevated standards to which journalists and politicians lay claim.
Making Open Choices for Publishing: a Panel Discussion
- October 25, 2019 | 12:00-1:00 PM | Information Commons 4th Floor
Why would you make your work open access? What really goes into publishing? How can we help make scholarship more equitable? Learn from a group of Loyola faculty and students how they answer these questions. Bring your lunch, and we’ll supply coffee and dessert.
The panelists for the event will be:
- Hank Bohanon, faculty in the School of Education
- Pamela Caughie, faculty in the English Department
- Sydney Curtis, student in the School of Education
- Marianne Ryan, Dean of Libraries