The Funny Side of Open Access (SPARC OA Meeting 2014 Innovation Fair)

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Poster presented at the SPARC Open Access Meeting in Kansas City, MO on March 3, 2014.

Abstract: How do you engage undergraduate students with topics to do with open access to research on the Internet? Offer them popcorn, candy and comedy, of course! To celebrate Open Access Week 2013, MacEwan University Library held an Open Access Comedy Film Festival. The event featured daily showings of films that have entered the public domain from the likes of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and The Three Stooges, along with brief introductions to what open access research journals are and where to find them online. The event turned out to be a uniquely fun and successful way to engage the university community with not only the open access movement but related efforts that embrace the free online exchange of ideas and creativity. Learn about how the event came together as well as recommendations the organizer has to offer anyone who is inspired to host a similar event at their own college or university.

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The Funny Side of Open Access (SPARC OA Meeting 2014 Innovation Fair)

  1. 1. THE FUNNY SIDE OF OPEN ACCESS Engaging Undergraduate Students in Open Access Week How do you engage students with open access? Offer them popcorn, candy & comedy, of course! To celebrate Open Access Week 2013, MacEwan University Library held an Open Access Comedy Film Festival. Inspired by similar initiatives at the University of Sunderland Library in the UK, the event featured daily showings of films in the public domain from the likes of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, & The Three Stooges, along with brief introductions to open access. It turned out to be a fun & successful way to engage the university community with not only the open access movement but related efforts that embrace the free online exchange of ideas & creativity. Films: Space: Comedic shorts selected from the Internet Archive (www.archive.org) Library instruction lab with a data projector & seating for 40 that was visible to passersby yet closed off from outside distractions. (20-30 people attended daily.) Promotion: Included posters, social media, University website, emails to faculty/students, & class visits. Staffing: Each day 2 staff made popcorn, welcomed attendees & ensured videos played smoothly. Celebrating Open Access: - Prior to each film, a 2-3 minute long video “trailer” about OA was shown (e.g., Open Access 101 from SPARC https://vimeo.com/6973160), & staff promoted the Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org) & the Internet Archive (www.archive.org). - Popcorn bags featured a link to the DOAJ & staff wore OA buttons (from www.zazzle.com). Recommendations and Future Plans… Recommendations: • To ensure attendance: • Keep it short (20-30 minutes) & sweet (free snacks!) • Partner with student associations, film studies departments, etc. • Choose genres that draw interest. Horror, animation, mashups, documentaries… Options on the Internet Archive (www.archive.org) are endless. • Clearly explain the relationship between OA & the public domain (e.g., both include publicly & legally available online works not bound by restrictive copyright or licensing barriers). OA Week 2014: The MacEwan community can expect early morning cartoons... ROBYN HALL | hallr27@macewan.ca SPARC OA Meeting 2014 | Kansas City

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