The ides of October are upon us, and All Hallow’s Eve quickly approaches. The moon has appeared as a graceful sliver of white for the past few nights. What a lovely time of year. As Irish poet William Allingham so succinctly put it, “Autumn’s the mellow time”.
Autumn is also the time for Open Access Week. Organized each year by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Open Access week highlights the various initiatives and projects in the works at academic institutions around the world with the purpose of raising awareness of alternative forms of scholarly publishing and resource sharing. Open Access Week runs from October 19th through the 25th, and allows advocates from around the globe to share accomplishments, promote events, and chart the course for the future of the open access movement. A lot of libraries are conducting panel discussions, presentations, and other events to raise awareness of the global benefits of open access. SPARC and Wikipedia are even partnering to hold an Open Access Week Edit-a-thon. How does your library promote open access? Do you do anything special for Open Access Week? Will you participate in the Edit-a-thon?
In book news, the National Book Awards finalists were announced this week. Five finalists remain in each of the four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. Have you read any of the finalists’ books? I admit I am a naughty bibliophile and I have not, but I blame it on the fact that my local used bookstore is going out of business and thus selling everything in the store for fifty cents or one dollar per book. Now my reading queue rivals the neck of my favorite dinosaur, the elasmosaurus.