OSU Libraries honored an inaugural class of Open Access 'Hall of Famers'

In celebration of Open Access Week 2011, OSU Libraries honored an inaugural class of Open Access “Hall of Famers”. This award has been established to acknowledge those who have worked to make OSU scholarship freely available online, whether by depositing their own work to ScholarsArchive@OSU, advancing Open Access of departmental publications, or advocating policies supporting the principles of Open Access. Our awardees have been leaders in starting an important conversation about how scholars make their research available.

Congratulations to the inaugural inductees:

Mark Anderson-Wilk, Extension and Experiment Station Communications

In 2009 Mark Anderson-Wilk, Publishing Leader for OSU’s Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) and Assistant Professor in the College of Agricultural Science, developed an approach with the Libraries to use the ScholarsArchive@OSU institutional repository as the publication and archival platform for all EESC publications, making both current and historical scholarship of the office available online. There are currently 6455 items available online in the EESC collections that have been download a total of 500,000 times.

Patricia Wheeler, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

During the course of Deep Sea Research and Journal of Phycology editorships in the 90’s and 00’s, Dr. Patricia (Pat) Wheeler, Emeritus Professor in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, came to recognize threats to an open and sustainable model of scholarly communication. As Chair of the OSU Faculty Senate Task Force on Scholarly Communications (2004–2005), Dr. Wheeler oversaw passage of a Faculty Senate resolution in support of Open Access principles, and in 2009, thanks in large measure to Dr. Wheeler’s long-time advocacy, COAS passed the university’s first college-level open access policy.

Barb Lachenbruch, College of Forestry

Dr. Barbara Lachenbruch, Professor in the College of Forestry, has been an effective Open Access (OA) advocate among her colleagues, and in Summer 2011 the College of Forestry adopted its own OA policy. Dr. Lachenbruch “walks the walk” as well – making a large number of her own research publications available in the ScholarsArchive@OSU. Dr. Lachenbruch notes the applications her research has beyond the study of basic tree biology. By supporting Open Access, she is helping to make those applications possible.

Linda Lamb, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences

As Manager of Research Publishing and Outreach in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences since 2003, Linda Lamb has planned and edited a variety of college publications in online and print formats. She also works to maximize the dissemination of the College’s research through outlets such as OSU News, Terra and ScholarsArchive@OSU. By advocating for and developing workflows that make faculty research widely available online, Ms. Lamb’s work has resulted in thousands of downloads of the College’s research by interested readers around the world.

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Posted - November 17, 2011