Open Access Week at Brooklyn College and New York City College of Technology

October 7, 2010 | News

In May 1883, in response to a population explosion, the Brooklyn Bridge opened a new, free path between the cities of New York and Brooklyn. In October, 2010, in honor of Open Access Week and in response to an information explosion, the CUNY colleges of Brooklyn will show faculty and students free and open paths to scholarly information.

Open Access (OA) Week is a world-wide event now in its fourth year.  It concerns educators and librarians because the focus of the OA movement is to expand access to scholarly information by offering alternatives to traditional, costly publishing models.  The open culture movement looks at other products of the human mind, often creative objects such as art, music and literature, and considers how sharing rather than selling what has been created increases opportunities for more creativity and generally benefits all humanity.

Please join the Brooklyn College Library and the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology, in marking Open Access Week this fall.  During the week of October 18-24, 2010 we will be offering exciting programming at two locations to open your sensibilities to the benefits and practices of an open access information sharing. See the PDF document for information, locations, dates and times of these exciting events:

Monday, October 18, 2-4 pm @ the Brooklyn College Library, Woody Tanger Auditorium

  • Open Access: How it Works / Will it Work for You? Join a discussion of the viable models of open access publishing, learn where open access journals are indexed and come to understand the impact of open access publishing.
  • Open Access – Activism around the Emerging Issue in Scholarship. Learn about the government position on open access publishing, lobbying efforts to make information more accessible, student activism around the issue and the emerging Reader’s Bill of Rights for Digital Books.

Tuesday, October 19, 3-5 pm @ New York City College of Technology, Atrium 632 (Faculty Lounge)

  • Open Access Scholarly Publishing: How Can Faculty Get Involved? Discover the world of the Creative Commons, the Directory of Open Access Journals and the Open Journal System.

Wednesday, October 20, 6-9 pm @ the Brooklyn College Library, Woody Tanger Auditorium

  • Open Access in the Arts & Teaching. Performance and panelists including Doug Geers (BC/Music), Michael Mandiberg (CSI/Media Culture) and Nina Paley (; full screening of Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues to follow panel presentation.

Thursday October 21, 12:45-2pm @ Ursula Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology, Rm. A432 (Projection Room)

  • Cinem@tech Film Screening: RiP: A Remix Manifesto. Filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age.

Thursday October 21, 5:30-7pm @ Ursula C. Schwerin Library, Atrium 632 (Faculty Lounge)

  • Web 2.0 Happy Hour: Open Access Course Materials. Learn from faculty who have taught with open access textbooks and course materials.

We hope to see you there for a mind-opening look at open access. Visit event website at Questions? Contact Beth Evans or Maura Smale