International Open Access Week (October 20-26th is) is a global event in its eighth year which draws attention to the benefits of Open Access to research and seeks to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. To borrow from Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication , "Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
CRRAR and the Leddy Library are pleased to announce Ralph Johnson's The Rise of Informal Logic as volume 2 in the Windsor Studies in Argumentation (WSIA) open access monograph series. The first volume in the series, What do we Know About the World? Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives, was recently featured as the unglue.it project's Creative Commons book of the day.
Carina Xue Luo, geospatial data specialist at the Academic Data Centre here at Leddy Library, had the opportunity discuss the issue of food deserts in Windsor with the Windsor Star. Her research indicates that "fewer than one in five people in Windsor live within walking distance of a grocery store".
Last fall the Leddy Library helped the philosophy department and CRRAR publish the first title in their open access monograph series, Windsor Studies in Argumentation (WSIA). That book, What do we Know about the World: Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives, is now featured as the unglueit creative commons book of the day! Have a look! Book two in the series, the Rise of Informal Logic, will be out soon.
It's open and it's beautiful! After many months, the wait is over! On July 31st, the Leddy Library opened its brand new "one stop shop" for students, staff and faculty. The desk includes services from 3 areas (reference, circulation and IT assistance) conveniently located as you enter the building. Joey Zhou, an HK grad student, is the first to use our brand new circulation desk! Yay!! Please drop by and check out our new area!
The results of Canada's Tri-Agency open access policy consultation have been released and are available on their website. Given the impact this policy will have on University of Windsor researchers, I'd like to provide a few comments on the policy and consultation results from a Windsor perspective.
Predatory publishers who attempt to take financial advantage of academics seeking a home for their research have been a growing concern in the scholarly publishing world. In a recent post from from Scholarly Open Access: Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing, the issue predatory publishers and hijacked journals was raised. From the site:
NFB has changed how academic users may connect to the NFB website and as a result have broken access for off-campus users to their "Campus" material (free content still available) on the NFB site. Our apologies as we work on getting our access restored. Thank-you.