SPARC announces Open Access Week 2009

I was excited when I read  this post this morning and wanted to share it.

From: The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Open Access Week declared for 2009
Popular global event extended over one week, October 19 – 23

Washington, DC – March 5, 2009 – To accommodate widespread global interest in the movement toward Open Access to scholarly research results, October 19 – 23, 2009 will mark the first international Open Access Week. The now-annual event, expanded from one day to a full week, presents an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public.

I’ve been researching open-access course content, accessibility, and etexts for awhile and am coming to the conclusion that accessible e-textbooks are not going to become widely available any time soon.  Frustrated by events like Amazon changing its mind about the screen reader feature of its new Kindle 2, I started a new “looking for accessible e-textbook” quest ; an “open access quest” . I’m still in the process of experimenting with different screen readers and sites like HistoryEngine and Flatworld Knowledge to verify accessibility.  So far so good, we use Kurzweil 3000 which has tested out fine at several pages at the  HistoryEngine site and several .gov sites.  One of my fears is that using open access materials will require a different style of teaching.  Universities and colleges have been using textbooks for a very long time and I know that change is always hard to cope with.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: The views and conclusions expressed in this blog are those of the author and not necessarily those of Landmark College or its officers and trustees.


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Digital Text Coordinator at Landmark College in Putney, VT; a 2 year college for students who learn differently.
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