Open Access Week

The academic and research community celebrates Open Access Week, October 24-30, a global event for the promotion of free, immediate online access to scholarly research. This year’s theme of “Open in Action” is all about taking concrete steps to open up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same.

Join or follow the conversation, #oaweek and learn more about open access from the Affordable Learning Georgia guide.

Open Access Resources:
DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
OpenDOAR: Directory of Open Access Repositories
PubMed Central
PLOS: Public Library of Science
BioMed Central
SpringerOpen Journals

The Right to Research Coalition was founded by students in the summer of 2009 to promote an open scholarly publishing system based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access.

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

Open Access Week

The academic and research community celebrates Open Access Week, October 22-28, a global event for the promotion of free, immediate online access to scholarly research. This year’s  theme is “Set the Default to Open Access.”

Join or follow the conversation, #oaweek

Open Access Resources:
DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
OpenDOAR: Directory of Open Access Repositories
PubMed Central
PLOS: Public Library of Science
BioMed Central
ChemistryCentral

The Right to Research Coalition was founded by students in the summer of 2009 to promote an open scholarly publishing system based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access.

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an opportunity to celebrate our freedom to read and our First Amendment rights by focusing on the benefits of having free access to information and the freedom to express ideas and how attempts to censorship can detract from these freedoms. Libraries are celebrating this week the freedom to read. Readers can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out by creating videos proclaiming the virtues of the freedom to read that will be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel. Submit your virtual read out video to participate.

ALA, American Library Association, lists the frequently challenged titles over the years, including the top 10 most frequently challenged books since 2001. You can learn more about each of these banned or challenged books in Literary Reference Center in GALILEO.

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Who’s watching you?

May 1-7  is Choose Privacy Week sponsored by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom. Why do libraries care about privacy? Because, as a rule, librarians believe that free and unfettered access to information is at the cornerstone of a free democracy. Over 80 years ago the ALA affirmed its stance on privacy by adopting a code of ethics that includes a statement on protecting library users’ privacy and confidentiality regarding any information or resources sought, borrowed, or consulted. Since that time, the ALA has fought against any legislation which threatens the privacy of library users’ reading and research habits. In fact, Article IV of the Library Bill of Rights states that “libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.” True intellectual freedom to express, explore, and exchange all ideas cannot occur where fear of intrusion or surveillance exists.

Here at the Library, we respect your privacy. You may ask us anything and borrow material without fear of judgment or retaliation. As soon as you return borrowed items, those records are purged. In the absence of a court order, we will never share your information with anyone. Period.

Choose Privacy Week is the opportunity to learn about threats to your privacy and make a commitment to protect yourself. Information is all around you. It is readily available and you should be encouraged to access it and use it. But don’t forget your fundamental rights to privacy. Know who is watching you (it’s not us!) and why and what you can do about it. Choose Privacy!

Resources:

Privacy Revolution

Privacy Myths

ALA’s stances on current legislation

ALA Position on Information Privacy