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Open Access Week 2022

International Open Access Week is an annual "opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research."

This year's theme is Open for Climate Justice which "seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right, and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries."

Don't miss Friday's featured guest speaker and discussion on the Open for Climate Justice theme!

Featured Open Access Week Guest Speaker | Bunch Library and Environmental Science

Climate Equity in the City: Understanding vulnerability and resiliency to extreme urban heat in Tennessee using citizen science

Dr. Alisa Hass
Department of Geological Sciences, Middle Tennessee State University
Program co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Science
Friday, November 4, 2022, 10am
JACC 4094D
WELL Core Credit: Intellectual Well-Being

Dr. Alisa Hass

Our Open Access Week featured guest speaker is focused on the theme, Open for Climate Justice. Join us as we join in the efforts to share climate research openly and freely.

Climate change is causing extreme heat events to become more frequent, warmer, and longer. These heat events are especially concerning to densely-packed urban areas, which tend to be warmer than rural areas with more vegetation and open space. Within a city, heat exposure and related health concerns disproportionally burden vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, and areas where urban heat is most intense, such as historically minority neighborhoods. Join me while we explore the causes and variations of climate and extreme heat inequity in urban areas and how involving citizen scientists in research enhances the community’s understanding of climate and leads to reduced heat exposure and related illnesses.

Open Access and Faculty Scholarship @ Belmont

Open Access and Faculty Scholarship @ Belmont

*for faculty only
Jenny Mills and Claire Wiley
Tuesday, November 1, 12pm
Zoom Link: 
The open access movement is transforming the traditional model of scholarly publishing and challenging established norms for access and sharing of knowledge. The implications for faculty scholarship are many. What are the benefits of publishing in open access journals? What about quality? What about article processing charges? Bring your lunch, login, and join the campus conversation about open access, facilitated by Belmont librarians, who will introduce some basic information about this new publishing model and Belmont’s new Open Access Publishing Fund to support Belmont authors.

Scale the Paywall! Find Free (and legal) Research Articles

Scale the Paywall: Find Free (and legal) Journal Articles

Jenny Mills and Chuck Hodgin
Wednesday, November 2, 10am
Zoom Link: 
WELL Core Credit: Intellectual Well-Being
You have found the perfect journal article for your research, you click the full text link, and are asked to login, subscribe, or pay up! You have hit a paywall. But why?! Why are articles behind paywalls, and more importantly, how can you get around them? (legally, of course) The library faculty will share some easy-to-use tools that will help you scale the paywall and get access to the information you need.