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Open Access

Open Access is an international movement that has the goal of making peer-reviewed published scholarship available free of charge to the public and to the global scholarly community.

FSU supports the principle of open access and officially endorsed it in a 2011 Faculty Senate resolution. University Libraries Office of Scholarly Communication provides consultations and information about open access, as well as resources like DigiNole Commons, FSU's institutional repository, and administration of the Open Access Publishing Fund.

Open Access Week 2014, Oct 20-26 

Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic community to learn about the benefits of open access as it becomes the new norm in scholarship and research. This year’s theme for Open Access Week is Generation Open, a recognition of the changing and evolving nature of the academy as new researchers enter its ranks.

Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter - #GenOpenFSU


Invite representatives of the Libraries to come talk about open access with your RSO or student group, and consider signing the Student Statement on the Right to Research. The Student Government Association, Congress of Graduate Students, and the American Library Association FSU Student Chapter led the way by endorsing the Statement last year. The Statement can be signed by individuals as well as organizations.


Participate in the 2014 DigiNole Upload-A-Thon by uploading your most recent article to DigiNole Commons, the institutional repository at FSU. All you have to do is email your Liaison Librarian a citation and the accepted version of the article. We’ll take care of the rest. Share the results on your social media and challenge a colleague to do the same. While new faculty are a focus this year, we'd love to work with any faculty at FSU to make their scholarship more available.


Attend a workshop. Learn what open access is, what it isn’t, and why it matters to you in our Intro to Open Access Workshops. Click for more info or to register: Tuesday Oct. 21 at 11 am in Strozier Library -OR- Wednesday Oct. 22 at 3 pm in Dirac Library.

Attend a screening of The Internet’s Own Boy, an award winning documentary about Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist and visionary who committed suicide in early 2013 after being arrested for downloading millions of scholarly papers from JSTOR. Interested student groups can host their own screenings.

  • Tuesday Oct. 21 at 7:00, Strozier Starbucks
  • Wednesday Oct. 22 at 6:00, Dirac 216 (conference room)
  • Thursday Oct. 23 at 7:00; Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House Great Hall (4th floor)
  • Friday Oct. 24 at 3:00, The CAVE in Goldstein Library

Can’t make a screening? Host your own watch party with friends and participate in the conversation #GenOpenFSU. Contact Josh Bolick for details on showing the film.

For more information email Josh Bolick or Micah Vandegrift

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Micah Vandegrift, Scholarly Communication Librarian, 850-645-9756


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