Brown Bag Session #4, Wed. February 1, 2017

Session Notes


Wed, Feb 1: All About Open Access (MIT Recommendations 1, 6, 7): Developing open access platforms, content, and policies to support the producing, using, sharing, and preserving of knowledge (e.g., institutional repository, open educational resources, open access scholarly publishing).

9 attendees (Ye has sign-in sheet and can add/correct): 1 USGS rep; Mines bookstore manager; 1 Student Life staff member; 1 campus architect; 1 undergraduate student; 1 graduate student; 1 CASA staff member; 2 professors; 1 CCIT staff member.

Major Takeaways


  • Faculty concern with open access is hefty fees charged by publishers. Raising awareness of repository permissions options to Mines faculty is one possible approach. Library fund to support open access fees is another option. Many emerging models.
  • Open access policy for Mines will help campus reach consensus on appropriate models.
  • Faculty concern about trustworthiness of open access journals (pay to play). Library can promote vetted lists of reputable OA journals (e.g., DOAJ).
  • Education about open access and copyright can be part of policy, as at MIT. Library can play role here.
  • Not all faculty know about extent of Mines thesis/dissertation coverage in our institutional repository.
  • Faculty present don’t have great concerns about intellectual property protection and open access. Embargo period on IR submissions addresses any concerns they have.
  • Student: If researcher has the choice, it’s okay. Library could help students pursue patents or publish via open access. Library can be an educational resource, would be very helpful.
  • Look to open access policies at other institutions as models for Mines.
  • Faculty interest in open courses
  • Faculty interest in assistance publishing online instructional materials (handouts; pdf’s, etc.). Interest in library support for this.
  • Students very interested in OER textbooks via library due to cost. Even if just a few and then build it.
  • Strong discussion about need for commitment by faculty, library, students, admin for OER initiatives to move forward.





I'm Lisa Dunn, the Research & User Interface Librarian. I've been working on library space planning teams here for over a decade.

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