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Decker Library Exhibitions

Open Access Week Exhibit

October 6 - 29, 2016
Curated by Siân Evans

According to Wikipedia (the largest open source encyclopedia), Open Access (OA) is "online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access...and free of many restrictions on use." But OA is not just a copyright status, it is also a highly political movement in education. The focus of most OA activism has been in the sciences, where scientists protested the fact that while their research was publicly funded, it often was not made publicly accessible. However, cultural institutions like museums, libraries and archives are increasingly pushing to make their holdings openly available to the public.

At the Decker Library we are also working to make many of our special collections Open Access, including MICA's archives, special collections, and rare materials. We are also MICA's institutional repository for recent Masters Theses. The online collections are maintained by Decker Library's Digital Initiatives Unit, whose mission is to promote research and scholarship by expanding access to the library's unique holdings. Visit any of these collections online at

International Open Access week runs from October 24 - 30, and to spread awareness of open access the Decker Library has on display some of the physical objects that populate our online OA collections, including photographs, yearbooks, and prospectus catalogues from MICA's past. These items and more from our special collections can be viewed in person by contacting us at or visiting the reference desk on the lower level.

For more information about international efforts to advance open access, visit

Image information: Historical photograph of the MICA Main building under construction, 1907.

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