Making Open Access the Rocket Fuel for Scholarship at UAH [Distinguished Speaker Series] February 28. 7pm. Salmon Library 111. For decades, open access (OA) has proved to be the most powerful way to launch academic careers and make scholarship that serves society. Most federal agencies and private funders require openness, but engineering an OA program that meets their specifications takes a team working together. Join William Cross, an attorney and open culture expert, for a discussion about the power of open and the way researchers, librarians, administrators, students, and staff can work together to make UAH's research take flight. Are you on the team? Speaker Bio: William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides guidance to campus stakeholders on legal issues and open access to scholarship, data, and educational resources. Will serves as an instructor in the UNC School of Information & Library Science and lectures nationally on copyright, free expression, and open culture. Recent presentations have included a daylong workshop on legal issue at the Charleston Conference and webinars for the ACRL’s Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Series and ALCTS Continuing Education series, as well as presenting the Opening Remarks at the 2016 Scholarly Communications Institute. Will has been quoted in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Library Journal, and Techdirt and publishes regularly on topics ranging from the pedagogy of legal education for librarians to the First Amendment status of video games.