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Health Sciences Library to participate in activities for Open Access Week

by Kimberley Barker on 2020-09-25T11:04:28-04:00 | Comments


This article was written by Abbey Heflin and edited by Kimberley R. Barker

The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, in alignment with University of Virginia Libraries, is committed to making scholarship in the biomedical field more affordable, sustainable, equitable, transparent, and open. To address this growing topic, the Health Sciences Library has created the Sustainable Scholarship @ the HSL webpage to provide the UVA Health community with basic information and resources to learn more about open access and its global movement, hot topics in open scholarly publishing, and information on sustainable scholarship at UVA.

This year, the HSL will host an asynchronous online event for Open Access Week 2020 focused on educating UVA Health about important topics around open access and how the HSL and University Libraries can help! Information about the event will be posted on the Sustainable Scholarship @ the HSL webpage. Content will be released on October 19, 2020 and will remain active on the Sustainable Scholarship webpage – no registration is required!

Don’t miss the Virginia Research Libraries (VRL) virtual forum!

(See the full release on the UVA Libraries News Blog.)
Representatives from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, William and Mary, and James Madison University will soon be in contract negotiations with Elsevier, the largest science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) scholarly publisher. Working as a group, they will be discussing the unsustainable cost of accessing Elsevier’s academic journals and options to make their public universities’ research more accessible to the public that paid for it.

On Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m., the group will host a Sustainable Scholarship Virtual Forum to share information about the group’s collective priorities concerning equity, accessibility, and costs of bundled scholarly journal packages. Forum moderator Brandon Butler, the University of Virginia Library’s Director of Information Policy, will also pose questions to the panel for discussion. Registration is open to all interested faculty, staff, students, and community members. Attendees can submit questions or discussion topics surrounding negotiation priorities and sustainable scholarship in advance, through the forum’s registration site.

If you have any question, please contact Abbey Heflin, Head of Collections Management via email aeh6m@virginia.edu, or fill out an Ask Us! form.

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