Get ready for OA Week with SPARC webcast June 2

It’s not too early to begin planning for Open Access Week 2010!

OA Week will take place October 18-24 this year. During this week, institutions of higher learning, libraries, and publishers all over the world will hold events to educate the academic and research community on the potential benefits of Open Access to scholarship.

On Wednesday, June 2, SPARC is holding a kick-off web conference that is free to attend. You can register for the webcast at

The following is from the SPARC announcement:

Please join us June 2nd for an Open Access Week 2010 kick-off planning session to learn about this year’s plans and current resources, including the new Web site. We’ll also discuss how two teams worked successfully to capture the attention of policy makers, faculty, and others to advance change in 2009. Presenters will include:

Andrew Waller, Licensing and Negotiations Librarian, Collections Services, University of Calgary – site of the first Canadian open-access publishing fund

Jamaica Jones, Special Projects Librarian, National Center for Atmospheric Research – the first NSF-funded agency to adopt an open-access policy

Jennifer McLennan, Open Access Week Program Director and Director of Programs & Operations for SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)

The session will also be an opportunity to let the organizers know what you need, in terms of support and resources, and to chat online with colleagues.

There is no fee to attend. Please register by June 1 at

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its fourth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

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