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Open Access Week

Posted by Megan on October 18, 2010

International Open Access Week 2010, October 18-24, 2010

Learn. Share. Advance.

Open access is one of the most important current issues in scholarly communication. As it has been explained by

Open access is a growing international movement that uses the internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the open access movement is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it.

The McGill library has several new web pages about open access, explaining why it’s such an important issue for researchers and students.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has partnered with the McGill University Library and University of Toronto Libraries to produce this advocacy video and a webcast on the issues of open access and proposed copyright reform in Canada.

The roughly one minute animated video explains the concept of open access to students and faculty in a simple and fun format. The video is available in both French and English, can be placed on websites, displayed on monitors in libraries during open access week, and is available for free and is licensed under a Creative Commons license. It can be viewed at or on the library’s website.


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