Global open access week

In the age of the web, information is abundant and attention is scarce. We need to understand that though information exists on many levels of quality or reliability; it is everywhere, existing in large quantities and continuously being created and revised. The fewer the barriers, the greater the likelihood of gaining readers and citations as well as advancing knowledge.

Open access brings out an approach that renders the information in a digital format, accessible online and is free of charge to readers. The open access week, a global event now in its 4th year, promotes Open access as a new norm in scholarship and research and encourages free flow of information which ensures that scholarly resources are more freely available to students, staff, faculty and members of the public giving them a chance to explore new ways of disseminating, accessing and re-using the results of scholarly and creative research.

You will realize most of the information offered is free of any access restrictions, and can therefore be re-used in a variety of ways. It is a dissemination strategy that promotes rather than restricts access.
It is through Open Access that JKUAT library has been able to provide us with various information resources available through the library webpage (see http://jkuat.ac.ke/library). This year JKUAT Fraternity is invited to participate in the Open Access movement by coming up with creative, humorous and innovative activities with an Open Access message. This may be through poems, cartoons, blogs, articles and other fun activities. There will be an award for the most creative OA message.
The library will also be carrying out ongoing training on online search skills for electronic resources prior to the Open Access week and one is required to register(by October 7th)  for both  the training and the competition on creative promotional activities. For registration and more contact gikandij@yahoo.com or miriamndugu@yahoo.co.uk
Discover means for fostering new growth and advancement in your discipline. Check out www.openaccessweek.com and sign up as a member of the growing community.

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