Authors Rights and Open Access Publishing
Whether you choose to focus on authors rights or research impact in your marketing materials, these workshops let faculty know what to look for when signing a copyright transfer agreement and empower them to negotiate their contract or work with a publisher that allows them to keep their copyright. Encourage faculty to exercise their rights and increase the impact of their work by self-depositing their research in CUNY Academic Works.
Creative Commons Workshop
Reuse is key to open content in all of its forms. Let faculty know why two Cs are greater than one through a workshop on creative commons licensing and its relationship to copyright law.
CUNY Academic Works Upload Party
Offered as a workshop or drop-in hours, facilitate faculty submission to CUNY Academic Works by holding an upload party. Briefly introduce faculty to CUNY's open access institutional repository, show them how to submit content, and discuss the range of content they can submit. Be prepared to answer questions as faculty create an account and start uploading their work! Refreshments are encouraged in order to add to a festive feel.
Open Access Roundtable
Create a space for members of your community to learn about open access through an open discussion. Offer a brief introduction to open access and the open access movement, and then ask questions that get faculty to talk about their experiences with you and with each other. Consider offering or encouraging members to bring their lunch. Come prepared to bust myths and to listen to faculty need.
Sometimes the best way to let people know about open access is through one-on-one conversation. Set-up a table in a high traffic area of your campus and start talking to members of your community about open access and CUNY's new open access institutional repository. Have handouts ready, and read through the talking points and myth busters available in this guide.
Want to keep the conversation going? Ask members of your community to sign a pledge in support of open access at your institution.This can be done on paper or online, but be sure to capture their department and email. Check out BMCC's TeamOpen initiative for a great example.
The Internet's Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.
Producer, writer, and director Brian Knappenberger made the film available under CC-BY-NC-SA which means you can hold a public screening at no cost. Stream the film from the Internet Archive and reach out to the filmmaker to let them know about your event, thank them for attaching a Creative Commons license to the film, and request poster files or a DVD copy of the film. (There is also an edited version with running time of one hour available on YouTube.) Consider hosting a conversation after the screening, and providing copies of the Swartz's Guerilla Open Access Manifesto or a handout for CUNY Academic Works, letting attendees know there are steps they can take to support a more open culture.
For Open Access Week 2017, the CCCOER has a free series of fall back-to-basics webinars. Below is a link to the upcoming one about how OER repositories and Open Course Management systems can support the development and sharing of OER within colleges and regional consortiums. Two speakers will share how their organizations develop and maintain digital tools to share open course content and academic work. You can also check out previous webinars which have been recorded.
Now it's time to get the word out! In addition to marketing on your campus, let your colleagues in open access know your plans.