University Libraries Celebrates Open Access Week

Please join Ball State University Libraries in celebrating Open Access Week, October 24-30, 2016!

According to, Open Access Week is a global event that promotes open access as the new default in scholarship and research. Our festivities are free, open to the Ball State community and general public, and will include thought-provoking documentary screenings, workshops on creating scholarly websites, and a series of short informational videos linked from the Libraries’ Facebook page (“like” our page to follow those posts).

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz – Documentary Screenings

We will be showing this thought-provoking documentary about “information activist” Aaron Swartz. Choose between two screenings, both taking place in Educational Technology & Resources meeting rooms 1 and 2 (on the lower level of Bracken Library). The film runs 1 hour and 45 minutes. From the Internet Movie Database synopsis for the film:

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

Documentary screenings:

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Creating Scholarly Websites with Weebly and Wix

Celebrate Open Access Week by creating your own professional website to share your scholarship. These workshops by Nate Saloh (Educational Technology Specialist) and Lisa Jarrell (Head of Educational Technology & Resources Collection) will highlight the basics of Weebly and Wix, free tools  for website design and creation. You’ll get an overview of the tools available that can help you create an effective professional website to share your work. All sessions will take place in Bracken Library room 008; choose the ones that suit your interests and schedule.

Weebly workshops:

Tuesday, October 25, 10:00-11:50 a.m. – Register online

Wednesday, October 26, 12:00-1:50 p.m. – Register online

Thursday, October 27, 10:00-11:50 a.m. – Register online


Wix workshops:

Tuesday, October 25, 12:00-1:50 p.m. – Register online

Wednesday, October 26, 10:00-11:50 a.m. – Register online

Thursday, October 27, 12:00-1:50 p.m. – Register online


Keep an eye on our Facebook page next week; we’ll continue the celebration there with links to short informational videos about the benefits of open access scholarship!

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