Brown Bag Lunch: Open Access Discussion


Sep. 20, 2018, 12pm to 1pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Amargosa Room


Join the University Libraries for this second brown bag discussion, which will dig deeper into the topic of open access at UNLV. Promoting open access is a key initiative of the University Libraries Scholarly Communication Initiatives Department and open access is the University Libraries' focus for Research Week 2018.

The University Libraries will be hosting Dr. John Willinsky, author of The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (2006) and The Intellectual Properties of Learning (2017), as part of Research Week 2018 in Octobert.

This event will explore one of Willinsky's articles or chapters, and the discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges of promoting and fostering a culture of open at UNLV. 

We will be discussing Chapter 8 "Public" from one of Dr. Willinsky's foundational works on open access: The Access Principle (2006). If you do want to take a look - an open access version of the book is available through the University of Arizona's Repository. This chapter has been chosen because it addresses a common argument for providing open access to research: that the public wants and deserves access to research about topics important to them. Examples include medical and environmental science research but truly could extend to any topic any member of the public has an interest in and on which research is produced.

The idea of sharing one's research publications with the public is met with varied reactions. Some researchers are understandably focused on communicating with other scholars in their field and achieving tenure and promotion first and foremost, and view the benefits of sharing their work further as minimal and the effort too time-consuming. On the other hand, others extend the definition of impact to include use outside traditional scholarly circles and beyond citations. This may include practical use by individuals, policy-makers, non-profit organizations, business owners and others outside of academia. Some may simply agree with Willinsky that "knowing for its own sake" (Access Principle, pg 120) is sufficient reason to share their research.

Questions for discussion include:

  • Do you believe the idea of sharing research publications with the public resonates here at UNLV?
  • How does making UNLV research openly available and "widely disseminated," fit into UNLV's Top Tier strategic plan?
  • What is the most compelling argument for you and your colleagues or those in your field to make works open access?
  • What value do you think there is in sharing your academic publications with the general public?
  • What is the biggest hurdle to sharing works openly and how can the library, and specifically the Scholarly Communication Initiatives Department, help?

Bring your lunch and come prepared to share your experiences and questions about open access.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the campus community.

Contact Information

University Libraries
Andrea Wirth

External Sponsor

University Libraries