Date:   13 October 2011

To:     All UF Graduate Students, Coordinators and Staff

From:   Christine Ross
        George Smathers Libraries
        University of Florida
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RE:     Open Access Week 2011 at UF: "Open Access - Scholarship Unbound"

Open Access Week 2011 activities be held on the UF campus Wednesday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Reitz Union's Rion Ballroom. Sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries, the theme is "Open Access - Scholarship Unbound."

A poster session and refreshments open the program, followed by Dean of UF Libraries Judith Russell speaking on "Growth of Open Access." She is followed by the Director of Academic and Scholarly Outreach Isabel Silver with "The UF Open Access Publishing Fund and Recipient Feedback," Scholarly Communications Librarian Christine Ross on "Copyright and Author's Rights," and the Associate Director for the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere Sophia Acord on "Digital Humanities." An hour of round table talks takes place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For the complete schedule of activities, please click on this online link: 

Open Access (OA) is a growing international movement, now in its fifth year, which uses the Internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. It encourages the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, everywhere, for the advancement and enjoyment of science and society. OA is free, permanent, web-based access to scholarly publications. It is the principle that research should be readily available immediately after publication and to anyone with an Internet connection and UF's Open Access Publishing Fund supports that goal. OA is improving the way scholarly information is shared.

If you cannot make it to Reitz Union, a live video stream of the event can be viewed at

Thanks much! We look forward to seeing you there!