Celebrate Open Access Week Oct. 21-27

Open Access week promotes the freedom to read and share information worldwide without economic or political barriers. Join us for two events at the University Library to celebrate intellectual freedom and creativity.

Richard Knipel, President of Wikimedia New York City, will discuss the Wikipedia Loves Libraries project October 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Central Library. The talk will focus on how libraries and other cultural institutions can collaborate with Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia. The talk will give an insider’s perspective on Wikipedia, illustrating how the world’s largest encyclopedia operates behind the scenes.

Richard Knipel will also lead a workshop at 2:00 p.m. on the 23rd on the practicalities of making cultural resources freely available through Wikipedia. Participants will learn how to create and edit Wikipedia articles as well as strategies for fostering collaboration between Wikipedia volunteers and cultural institutions. If you’ve ever wanted to alter or add something to Wikipedia, this workshop will teach you how to become a productive editor.

The 10:30 a.m. lecture is free and open to the public. However, registration for the 2:00 p.m. workshop is limited to 20. For additional information and to register for the workshop, contact Clifford Anderson, Director for Scholarly Communications (clifford.anderson@vanderbilt.edu)

To learn more about Open Access Week see Research News @ Vanderbilt as well as our Scholarly Communications presence on the Library website.

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