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Open Access Week Exhibit

October 24-30, 2016

Posted 10.06.16 by Siân Evans

Open Access is...“online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access...and free of many restrictions on use.” 

Image from historical MICA prospectus catalog, 1944-1945.

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 digitaldecker.mica.edu.

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 refer@mica.edu or visiting the reference desk on the lower level.

For more information about international efforts to advance open access, visit www.openaccessweek.org.

Open Access Week
October 5 - 29, 2016
Curated by Siân Evans

Image Information:
Historial photograph of construction of the MICA Main building, 1907.
This Page: Image from historical MICA prospectus catalog, 1944-1945.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

This page was last updated on 10/06/2016.