Open Access Week 2018 is an international celebration of the benefits of making information free, online, and reusable.

Open Access Week gives us the opportunity to learn, share, help, and transform the way research is conducted. This year, Open Access Week is taking place October 22–26. Each day of the week, Milner Library will host a special event to bring more awareness to Open Access materials and information.

“By offering a variety of programs, we’re hoping to show how open access to information, copyright, and publishing affects everyone at the University,” says Anne Shelley, scholarly communication librarian. “From a keynote talk on scholars connecting with the public, to workshops on Fair Use interpretation, to publishing and licensing 3-D print models, there’s something of interest for just about anyone.”

You can learn more about Open Access information through this online library guide. Email Anne Shelley if you any questions regarding Open Access Week 2018 programming.

Open Access Week 2018 Events

Monday, October 22 • 3:30–5 p.m. • 164D Milner Library
Open Access Publishing for Graduate Students 
This workshop will cover the basics of open access and copyright for graduate students who want to publish and present their research. Topics covered include benefits and considerations of open access publishing, choices for making your thesis or dissertation available online, understanding your rights as an author, and must-know tools and systems that support open access scholarship.

Eric Harbeson

Eric Harbeson

Tuesday, October 23 • 3:30–5 p.m. • Bone Student Center, Circus Room 
Eric Harbeson on Intellectual Property, Legislative Developments, and Libraries 
Join our guest speaker, music librarian, and copyright expert Eric Harbeson, who will speak about his experience representing audiovisual archives interests with the World Intellectual Property Organization, and recent legislative developments related to copyright of interest to libraries. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 24 • 10–11:30 a.m. • 103B Instructional Technology and Development Center  
Reasonable Guessing: Understanding Fair Use 
Academics are frequently confronted by questions of copyright law and fair use. In this workshop, gain greater confidence when applying fair use to support your teaching. You’ll explore the fair use statute, confronting each of the four factors that guide courts in their decision-making. Working alone and with other participants, you’ll get the chance to practice evaluating fair use through real-world and hypothetical examples. Registration is required.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Thursday, October 25 • 5:30–6:30 p.m. • Circus Room, Bone Student Center  
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Open Access Week 2018 Keynote Speaker 
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of digital humanities and professor of English at Michigan State University, will explore how working with the public and connecting with individuals beyond our usual circles of experts can enhance the relationship between universities and the communities they serve. Generous Thinking finds ways for scholars to connect and communicate with these groups about shared interests and concerns. Refreshments will be served. This talk is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series.

Friday, October 26 • 2–3 p.m. • third floor, Milner Library
Creating Open 3-D Print Projects 
In this workshop, we will introduce Milner Library’s new 3-D printing service and demonstrate the 3-D printer. We will cover websites where you can download files created by others or design their own files, and how to publish your projects online and make them available to the widest group possible.

Friday, October 26 • 7 p.m. • northwest corner of sixth floor, Milner Library
Movie Screening: Night of the Living Dead 
Get ready for Halloween by watching a classic! Night of the Living Dead creators didn’t renew the copyright on the film in the 1960s, so we get to show it to you for free. Popcorn will be provided!