Open Access

Open Access Week

October 21, 2014

International Open Access Week is this week, from October 20th-26th.

Open Access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world.

Open Access means making research available on-line to the public to read and use free of charge and with as few restrictions as possible.
Learn more: http://libraryguides.unh.edu/openaccess

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International Open Access Week 2012

November 27, 2012

October 22-26, 2012 is International Open Access Week.

Open Access is about changing the way scholars share their work with the world. Open Access means making research available on-line to the public to read and use free of charge. Authors participating in Open Access benefit from greater distribution of their work to a more diverse audience. Readers and researchers benefit from having access to the best and most up-to-date information available, including medical research and scientific discoveries. Open Access Week is a campaign to broaden awareness and understanding of how scholarly publishing models are changing and the impact on researchers at all levels.

The University Library is celebrating Open Access Week by distributing information in Dimond Library and the branch libraries throughout the week. Library staff will be available at the Benefits Fair on Tuesday, October 23 to answer questions about Open Access.

For more information about Open Access, please visit the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Library Guide.

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Open and Low Cost Educational Resources event, 10/22

November 27, 2012

UNH IT Academic Technology and the UNH Library present an event on open and low cost educational resource options on October 22 at the Strafford Room in the MUB.

Outline of the day:
10:00 to 12:30 – Open House
12:45 to 2:00 – Vendor Panel discussion
2:00 to 3:30 – Open House/QA

You are welcome to come for any part of the Open House or Vendor Panel, even if you cannot stay for the entire duration.

Please RSVP at this site.

According to a College Board report, students at typical public, four-year universities spend almost $1200 per year on textbooks. As the cost of textbooks continues to rise, it puts a serious financial burden on students by taking a larger percentage of the overall cost of their education.

Several states have issued reports advocating alternative textbook models for students and faculty. Most recently, California became the first state in the nation to enact laws around the creation and distribution of free open digital textbooks.

With the rising interest in alternative models for textbooks and related course material, we are inviting several textbook vendors to the UNH Durham campus to present their offerings. These vendors have business models ranging from completely free downloadable books, to free ebooks supported by advertising, to existing commercial publishers that offer low cost ebook options of their print textbooks. In addition to the textbook, these vendors also provide supplementary material (e.g test banks, presentations etc.) to support faculty in course delivery.

This event is a great opportunity to learn about some of the new and emerging issues in the textbook space and to get your questions about these new options answered.

Later in November, Academic Technology will be hosting another event titled 'Practical advice for creating eBooks'. We are hoping to have a couple of vendors present about their ebook authoring tools to help you plan any eBook development work you may be considering.

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