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Tame Wild Textbook Prices!

Did you know: Furman students spend an estimated $1,270 on textbooks each year (1) the cost of college textbooks has increased 88% in the last 10 years (2) there are free online open textbooks written by scholars in most academic disciplines there are Furman faculty who are using and creating open textbooks for their classes […]

Open Access Workshops: Tue & Thur

Open Access Publishing Open Access options are appearing in journals and books across disciplines. This workshop will introduce various types of Open Access, address benefits and potential drawbacks to Open Access publishing, and discuss special considerations when considering Open Access options. The new Furman University Libraries Open Access Fund will also be addressed. Where: James […]

Open Access Open House

Open Access Open House What’s better than food, games, and free stuff? Open Access food, games, and free stuff! This is a casual edutainment drop-in for students, faculty, and staff. Where: James B. Duke Library Front Porch When: Monday, Oct 24, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Are you interested in making your research openly accessible […]

What is Open Access?

What is Open Access?  Open Access is free, immediate, online availability of research articles with full re-use rights. Open Access is about making all scientific research content available for anyone anywhere in the world to read and access and build upon so people can do interesting things in new ways with the materials. The idea […]

Open Access Open House

Are you interested in making your research openly accessible online? Come to the Open Access Open House sponsored by the Furman University Libraries. Enjoy a free cupcake, chat with librarians, explore Open Access materials available in the Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE), win fee prizes, and play games. Can’t make it to the Open House? […]

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder (Peter Suber). OA is achieved through two primary channels: archiving (Green OA) or publishing (Gold OA). OA publishing shifts the costs of content […]

Why I Published Open Access

FULcrum Article by Andrea Wright, Science & Outreach Librarian After completing a speaker series on scholarly communication issues here at Furman, I knew that I wanted to share the process with other librarians. A major shift in scholarly communication over the past 15 years has been the Open Access (OA) movement. OA advocates call for […]

Launch of the Digital Public Library of America

Type the letters into any web browser and you arrive at one of the most comprehensive digital collections to date.  The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the collections of libraries, museums, and archives from around the world, including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, and the New York Public Library.  And now […]

Landmark Directive Opens Access to Scientific Research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 22, 2013 SPARC APPLAUDS WHITE HOUSE FOR LANDMARK DIRECTIVE OPENING UP ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH Ensures that Taxpayer-Funded Research Available to Public  Washington, D.C. – The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) today applauded President Obama for issuing a landmark Directive to ensure that the results of taxpayer-funded research – both articles […]

What Is Open Access?

International Open Access Week October 22 – 28, 2012 You’re not able to access some of the articles you want to read online because many scholarly journals are available only to subscribers.  Journal subscriptions – especially in science, technology, and medicine – can cost thousands of dollars each year, and some cost more than $20,000.  […]