University of Calgary
ed by the Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) unit, Open Access
(OA) Week 2009 was a successful and enjoyable experience at the
of Calgary, a large, publicly funded Canadian university
with close to 30,000 students and a medical school. We used OA Week to
further spread the word about open access on campus as well as increase
the profile of our suite of OA–related endeavors. These endeavors include
an institutional repository, an authors fund, a digitization center, OA journals
in the University of Calgary Press, and an OA mandate for the academic staff
in LCR to widely and openly disseminate their own scholarly activities. The
positive nature of OA Week 2009 at the University of Calgary can be attributed
to two elements: we planned well and we held a wide variety of activities
during the week that produced noticeable results.
Led by a core team comprised of staff from a variety of LCR departments,
our planning process consisted of several elements:
• We did our research. We did not take part in OA Week 2008 but we made
sure we talked with institutions that did do something that year and we
learned from them (what worked, what did not, etc.).
• We aimed big. As we are fairly well established in terms of OA activities,
we wanted an OA Week program that complemented our progress. In
addition, as we had not participated in the 2007 and 2008 OA Weeks, we
had some catching up to do, so to speak. Not all of our initial plans for
OA Week 2009 came to fruition but many did.
• LCR administration was on our side. Our director, Tom Hickerson, was
very supportive, had plenty of ideas as to what we could do, and he gave
us a budget of approximately $5,000 (CAN).
• We reached out to LCR colleagues. A core team of LCR staff planned our
OA Week program but also put the word out to everyone in LCR and
drew on help from these colleagues, in both big and small ways.
• We reached out to campus supporters outside of LCR. Rose Goldstein,
Open Access Week: Library Strategies for Advancing Change
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JUNE 2010 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC