Creatives and Open Access

Open Access is *supposed* to inspire additional creation of work, specifically because there are no barriers to access or use.  However, it seems that we are so used to working within the realm of traditional copyright we rarely know what to do with work in the public domain or work licensed under Creative Commons.  My upcoming project with the Muhlenberg Open Scholarship Faculty Learning Community will hopefully increase people’s awareness and increase use of open data, textbooks, scholarship, art, etc.

I’m exciting about combining my librarian tendencies towards collection and organization with my penchant for visual design and communication.  Right now I’m in the research stages of this project – trying to identify open resources and looking into other ways that they have been promoted (via libraries, Creative Commons?).  I’d love to hear how your library promotes open resources and creation!  And, hopefully, if this project is successful, I will eventually have a set of posters to share with Librarian Design Share!  

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