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The Cost of Closed Doors: Improving Higher Education Through Open Access - LIB100 Approved!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


  • Mary Idema Pew Library » Multipurpose Room


Have you ever found the perfect article online, and then realize that you’d have to pay to access it? Did you know there are some scholarly journal subscriptions that cost more than $35,000 per year? Did you know that your tax dollars fund research that is subsequently locked behind a pay wall? Do you feel that all people, regardless of economic status, deserve access to high quality information?

What can you do about these things? Learn about open access to research, and become an advocate!

Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of Grand Valley State University Libraries, and Scott St. Louis, GVSU Student Senator, will discuss the economic model of our current scholarly publishing system, and suggest alternatives for overcoming the high cost of academic content. They will highlight some of the ways that GVSU students are becoming active participants in the international open access movement, and will share strategies that everyone can use to become more engaged.


Sarah Beaubien

Scholarly Communications Outreach Coordinator, University Libraries, 616-331-2631



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