Open for Collaboration: A Conversation about Open Access

Open Access Week 2015

Celebrate International Open Access Week, October 19 – 25, 2015.

What: Brown bag lunch on “Open for Collaboration: A Conversation about Open Access”
When: noon – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22
Where: 150 Murphy Library (ICE)
Admission: Free
Hosted by: UWL Faculty Senate Library Committee

To celebrate the 2015 International Open Access Week and raise awareness of open access issues at UWL, the Faculty Senate Library Committee is hosting the brown bag lunch “Open for Collaboration: A Conversation about Open Access” from noon – 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in 150 Murphy Library (ICE).  Admission is free, and participants may bring a lunch.

Plenary speaker Lisa Kruse, UWL department of sociology, will explain her experience with open access. Kruse spent two years as the assistant director for the open access repository, ScholarWorks at Western Michigan University. She will share what she has learned about the benefits of open access journals and institutional repositories for faculty, staff, and the university.

David Mindel and Jenifer Holman, both of Murphy Library, will be available to answer questions about institutional repositories and open access publishing, respectively.

Open access is defined as “the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment” according to SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resource Coalition). Open access resources include more than 10,000 peer-reviewed open-access journals; more than 2,900 open-access repositories where authors can share their research; and policies, tools, and best practices for management of author rights.  A one-page overview of Open Access can be found at and information about International Open Access week is at

For more information contact Ariel Beaujot, Chair of the Faculty Senate Library Committee, at or 608.785.6798.