Brian McManus, a graduate student in library science and staff member at WSU
Libraries, is helping to plan International Open Access Week Oct. 18-24.
Once information is posted in the Research Exchange, she said, it can even be found through search engines such as Google. “That’s one of the good things about it,” she said.
To highlight more good things about the Research Exchange, several events are planned at the Terrell Library:
- Monday, Oct. 18 – WSU Libraries will host a public reception 3-4 p.m. Monday in the Terrell Atrium, with opening remarks by Dean of Libraries Jay Starratt.
- Wednesday, Oct. 19 – A faculty panel discussion will be held 3-4 p.m. Wednesday focusing on the Research Exchange
- Thursday, Oct. 20 – A demonstration and discussion of the Research Exchange will be hosted 3-4 p.m. Thursday.
“I’m a scientist, and I don’t think science should be secret or restricted,” said James Satterlee, WSU chemistry professor.
Brian McManus, a staff member with WSU’s Access Services, said the issue of open access has been around for several decades, but began to pick up momentum in the last seven or eight years because the technology now exists to create open access archives and journals and because libraries are finding it impossible to pay for all of the journals faculty would like to have access to.
According to Rhonda Anderson, who’s been working with McManus and Vyhnanek on the Open Access events, faculty can choose to participate in an open access archive as a complement to traditional, subscription-based journal.
Mary Collins, curator of the WSU Museum of Anthropology, will be another panelist during the Wednesday discussion. Collins said she has made great use of the Research Exchange. For many decades and up until the late 1990s, she said, WSU had a contracting branch that conducted hundreds of archeological reports for various agencies.
“Anyone in the world can get their hands on this material,” she said.