October 23, 2012

Library will host Open Access panel discussion

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- In celebration of Open Access Week, SIU Carbondale's Morris Library will present a panel discussion at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 26, on OpenSIUC and the SIU COPE Fund.

The event will take place in the American Heritage Room on the third floor of the library. The panel discussion is free and open to the University community.

Panelists will include Todd Headrick, professor, and Yanyan Shen, associate professor, both in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, and Leslie Duram, a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources. They will provide information and answer questions about their experiences with the COPE Fund and OpenSIUC. Librarians from the OpenSIUC management team will also be available to answer questions.

The library offers the SIU Carbondale Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE) Fund as a service to faculty and graduate students. This allows them to seek financial support to assist with publication fees that Open Access journals and even traditional subscription journals with an Open Access publication option (http://www.lib.siu.edu/footerportlets/sesrvices/siu-cope-fund) require. In the past year more than 15 faculty members from eight University departments obtained funding awards.

The library launched OpenSIUC (http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/), an institutional repository, in 2008. OpenSIUC now features more than 8,100 documents and a total of more than one million downloads. Included are published articles, conference presentations and proceedings, technical reports, newsletters and much more. The documents also include student scholastic work, including senior honors theses, graduate student theses and dissertations since 2008, and additional items.

OpenSIUC is also a complete journal-publishing service. Offering a full suite of tools to publish Open Access journals, it facilitates article submission, peer-review and article processing. Currently, a number of journals are published on campus through Open SIUC, providing access to current content and back issues of "The Psychological Records," the "Online Journal for Workforce Education and Development," and the speech communication department's student journal "Kaleidoscope."

The international Open Access Week is Oct. 22-26, and highlights the benefits of open access to scholarly materials and giving academic community researchers the opportunity to share experiences.

For more information on the panel discussion, OpenSIUC or the COPE Fund, contact Jonathan Nabe, OpenSIUC coordinator, at jnabe@lib.siu.edu.