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A brief guide about open access

The 2022 Open Access Week theme for this year’s International Open Access Week, to be held October 24-30, will be “Open for Climate Justice.”

More information on the OA Week website.

On this page, we have listed out Open Access events happening in academic libraries across the country. All events are free, though some do require that you register. This is by no means a comprehensive list of what events are happening around the world!

Open Access 2022 Events

Open and Engaged 2022: Climate research in GLAM, digital infrastructure and skills to open collections

1pm-4:30pm, British Standard Time.

As part of Open Access Week 2022, the British Library is delighted to host its annual Open and Engaged event online on 24 October. In line with this year’s #OAWeek theme: Open for Climate Justice; Open and Engaged will address intersections between cultural heritage and climate research through use of collections, digital infrastructures and skills.

Open to Change: Possibilities and Probabilities

4pm-5pm US EST.

The UMass Amherst Libraries celebrate Open Access Week 2022 with a virtual keynote address by Micah Vandegrift, senior user experience (UX) strategist for the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) All of Us Research Program, on Monday, October 24, at 4 p.m. Registration is required for the event. All are welcome to join .

Vandegrift's virtual talk, "Open to Change: Possibilities and Probabilities," addresses current opportunities at the intersection of climate change, open science, and community engagement, in light of the updated policy to make the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available to the American public at no cost. Vandegrift will outline a possible case study informed by his experience and recent research, provide a foundation and a forecast, and answer questions following his talk.  

ToxicDocs and A People’s EPA: Advancing Environmental and Climate Justice through Interdisciplinary Research and Open Access Initiatives

3:30p-5pm, EST


In this virtual panel presentation in honor of International Open Access Week: Open for Climate Justice, Dr. Jessica Varner (University of Southern California) and Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun (Columbia University) come together to discuss their unique interdisciplinary research in the intersections of environmental history, public health history, and industrial pollution, and the ways in which their research both relies upon and generates open-access information. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Philip Cohen (University of Maryland).

Registration on the program website.

Unboxing Transformative Agreements

10am, EST


Transformative agreements have been in the news a lot lately, on both sides of the Atlantic. But what are the details of these new contracts between publishers and libraries which fund open access (OA) publishing by faculty members in addition to paying for access to subscription titles? Will they actually transform scholarly publishing by providing a sustainable funding model for OA, or are these agreements providing cover for publishers to maintain the status quo in spite of scholars' efforts to transition to an OA future? To answer these and other important questions, research on the text of these agreements must be undertaken.

Join Adelphi University Libraries during Open Access Week for a presentation on the results of the first systematic study of transformative agreements. This soon-to-be-published research focuses on agreements between European consortia and academic journal publishers. As Dr. Didier Torny will explain, he and his co-author discovered a great deal of diversity among the documents and made a number of critical observations regarding the ways these agreements are facilitating a sustainable future for OA publishing, and ways they are not.

Registrants will receive a link to download a copy of the manuscript, “Unboxing Transformative Agreements: a Systematic Study of Contracts between European Consortiums and Academic Journal Publishers (2015-2020).”

Registration is free, required, and open to all.

Open Access Australasia

Various times throughout the week; be aware of international date line implications.

This year’s Open Access week theme seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right, and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries.  Register for the events on the website and make sure to save the OA Week 2022 Zoom backgrounds to use for the events.

Sustaining an Open Knowledge Ecosystem

12:30pm ET

On August 25th, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released new guidelines to make federally-funded research immediately available to the public at no cost. As noted in the OSTP's press release, this policy shift will result in the swift (and embargo-free) opening of access to research and data supported by tax-payer dollars. The implications of these new guidelines range from the logistical to the cultural and signal a renewed reliance on the development and implementation of open access funding models and infrastructures.

Sharla Lair—Senior Strategist, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Initiatives at LYRASIS—will speak about the options available to existing and new publishing groups looking to adopt an open model, as well as the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP). Jefferson Pooley—Professor of Media & Communication at Muhlenberg College and the Director of Media Studies Press—will also speak to his experience running an open publication supported by the OACIP. This discussion is intended to be helpful to publications and knowledge-sharing groups that are new, existing, already open, and/or are looking to move to an open model. It is not limited to groups publishing on topics related to climate justice or those who receive funding from the US federal government.


Open for Climate Justice: Conversations with the Earth

2:00pm ET. Register at the link above.

Larry McKenna, Associate Professor and Chair Dept. of the Environment, Society and Sustainability at Framingham State University, will speak briefly about his experience writing his new, openly-licensed, ROTEL grant-funded climate change textbook ‘Conversations with the Earth’, then lead an interactive Q and A session for the remainder of this 45-minute session. Professor McKenna says “...there’s positive news here. We still have the power to stop the worst consequences of climate change. We have agency. And we can do it-we must do it-in our lifetimes. ROTEL will allow Conversations with the Earth to bring the science, the policy and the ethics of climate change to a wide audience.”