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Open Access Symposium Set for Nov. 4 & 5

J. Murrey Atkins Library will hold a symposium on November 4th & 5th to promote the tenets of the Open Access movement in the publishing of scientific and scholarly literature. Open Access Symposium for researchers, librarians, students, and publishers. The symposium is an extension of International Open Access Week (Oct.21 – 27) which Atkins just celebrated with a series of events.
Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. The international OA movement aims to create a more open system of scholarly communication by reducing barriers to the access, sharing, and use of scholarship. Universities, colleges, research institutes, funding agencies, libraries, and think tanks have used Open Access Week as a platform to host faculty conversations about OA, create institutional policies, and commit funds in support of open access publication. 
The first day of the symposium will feature speakers from two OA peer-reviewed scientific journals, PeerJ and Nature, who will discuss the move to open access publishing.  UNC Charlotte faculty with experience editing or publishing in Open Access publications will share their experience in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Jennifer Weller, Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics. Faculty panel members are:
Dr. Cynthia Gibas, Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics 
Dr. Rich Lambert, Professor of Education, Editor of Dialog
Dr. Dennis Livesay, Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics
Dr. Ron Sass, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Michael Fiddy, Professor of Physics and Optical Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Topics on day two are expected to be of most interest to librarians from regional academic institutions. Peggy Hoon, J.D., Scholarly Communications Librarian, will discuss OA and licensing issues; Heather McCullough, Ph.D., Head of Digital Scholarship will talk about Open Access Publishing with the Library; and Stephen Dew, Collections and Scholarly Resources Coordinator, University Libraries, UNC Greensboro, will share his university’s Library Faculty Resolution on OA. Jo Ann Fernald, Director of the Office of Disability Services at UNC Charlotte, will finish the day with a talk on Library Resources, Best Practices and Disability Services with Fair Use. 
“Open Access to scholarly works benefits researchers, institutions, countries and society as a whole through increased visibility, usage, and access,” said Peggy Hoon. “As a growing research institution, UNC Charlotte can join its esteemed worldwide colleagues in expressing basic approval of the fundamental tenets of Open Access publishing.”
Atkins Library’s activities and events surrounding Open Access Week provide 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.