the university’s Vice-President (Research) has been supportive of our OA
efforts over time and continued this support during OA Week, including
her introduction of Leslie Chan, from Bioline International, who was the
keynote speaker. Our Students’ Union (SU) also supported OA Week by
co-sponsoring Chan’s presentation.
We carried out many activities during OA Week 2009. Some of the key
• We employed the visual element. The OA Week colors and graphics are
striking and people seem to really like them. We incorporated the OA
Week images wherever we placed a display or a banner or posters.
• We had an OA Week element in every library location. Every branch
had something OA–related for the entire week, ranging from a small
static display to a large, staffed desk.
• We worked with the media. We communicated with the media both
on and off campus to promote OA and OA Week issues.
• We gave away stuff. People like free stuff (especially orange T–shirts).
Giving away OA tchotchkes opens the door to conversations about open
access and related issues.
Anecdotally, our OA Week 2009 activities brought about more knowledge of
OA and OA issues at the University of Calgary. The week’s events included
strong promotion of the OA projects we have at the university, all of which
have continued to attract increasing interest since last October; for instance,
our Open Access Authors Fund has funded over 60 articles since OA Week
and our institutional repository is the second largest university repository in
Not long after OA Week 2009, the legislative assembly of the University of
Calgary Students’ Union passed a resolution in support of open access. They
are one of the few undergraduate student bodies to have taken such a step.
Lastly, OA Week 2009 gave us good momentum for OA Week 2010.
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