International Open Access Week occurs from October 24th through October 30th, 2016. Open Access Week (OAW) is a global event now entering its eighth year. OAW 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. Open Access (OA) to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, libraries, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.
The McKillop Library supports Open Access via the Digital Commons institutional repository through which both faculty and students can make their research freely available. For more information on Digital Commons and the impact of Open Access you can view the webinar Open Access – 100 Stories of Impact. If you are interested in contributing your research to Digital Commons you can do so at http://library.salve.edu/digitalcommons_submissions.html.