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For Immediate Release
October 21, 2014

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Brockport Celebrates Open Access Week

Drake Memorial Library hosts an event recognizing the accomplishments of faculty, staff and students

Brockport, NY — The College at Brockport, State University of New York, celebrated Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, with a reception from 1 – 2 pm on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Drake Memorial Library. At the event, several faculty and staff were honored for their accomplishments from the past year, and library staff offered demos of Open Educational Resources.

The term “Open Access” refers to the delivery of free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use and re-use those results as needed. Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they have learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Digital Commons, the College’s online repository of scholarly and creative works produced by faculty, staff and students, hosts journals, such as "Dissenting Voices", "Journal of Literary Onomastics", "Philosophic Exchange", and "The Spectrum: A Scholars Day Journal". It also contains master’s theses and honors projects as well as conference abstracts and presentations. Since its launch in 2012, more than 3,700 papers have been uploaded and 600,000+ items have been downloaded. The repository is a product of BePress, which provides scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions.

Kim Myers, digital repository specialist, was one of only four individuals nationwide chosen for the 2014 IR All-Star Award by BePress.

"(Open Access publishing) can be an opportunity for students to have their work published. For alumni, it's a way to keep current in their field when they no longer have access to the paid library resources they had in college," said Myers. "The public, both here and worldwide, can find information that can enrich their lives, help them make more informed decisions, or plan for the future."

Open SUNY Textbooks

Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. This pilot initiative, which began in 2012, publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure. It provides editorial framework and service to authors, students and faculty, and establishing a community of practice among libraries.

Brockport faculty recognized at the event for Open SUNY Textbooks include:

* "Instruction in Functional Assessment" — Associate Professor Marcie Desrochers, PhD, Department of Psychology, and Professor Moira Fallon, PhD, Department of Education and Human Development

* “Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence” (forthcoming) — Associate Professor Amy Guptill, PhD, Department of Sociology

* “Nursing Care at the End of Life” (forthcoming) — Assistant Professor Susan E. Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN, Department of Nursing

* “Music and the Child” (forthcoming) — Associate Professor Natalie Sarrazin, PhD, Department of Theatre and Music Studies

Open SUNY+

On October 16, 2014 New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that an additional 56 degree and certificate programs from 17 campuses will be powered by Open SUNY+, the university system’s signature online learning initiative. Two programs from The College at Brockport are included: the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Counseling.

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