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Open Access

A brief guide about open access

The 2020 Open Access Week theme for this year’s International Open Access Week, to be held October 19-25, will be “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.”

More information:

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 in the United States, not to mention the rest of the world!

Open Access 2020 Events

Rapid Response: How arXiv and other open access resources are adapting to research community needs during the pandemic

Monday, October 19, 2020 3:00-4:00 CT / 4:00-5:00 ET

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Webinar ID: 962 9874 9236
Passcode: 954076

From Cornell University 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, researchers across disciplines and around the world rushed to study the virus, the disease, transmission, and treatment. Open access research sharing platforms, also known as preprint servers, provided the ideal format for scientists to share their findings quickly with their peers.

At this online event, open access leaders will discuss the pandemic’s impact on these research sharing resources. This crisis has revealed the importance of open access and rapid distribution of results. At the same time, it has uncovered challenges faced by this form of scholarly communication, and the strength of the community when developing innovative solutions.

Eleonora Presani, Executive Director, arXiv, Cornell University
John Inglis, Co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv and Executive Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Sebastian Kohlmeier, CORD-19 Project Manager and Senior Manager, Semantic Scholar, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Attendees may send questions in advance to

Open Axis: The Open Access Video Game. Choose your own adventure. 

Open Access Forum 2020: "Connecting the Opens: Open Access, Open Educational Resources, and Open Data"

Monday October 19, 5:00pm - 7:00pm CT |  Register here!

From Virginia Tech University 

The Open Access Week kickoff event will feature a brief introduction to open access and its benefits and controversies, followed by a discussion with diverse panelists and the audience.  Featured panelists include:

  • Jonathan Briganti, DataBridge Manager
  • Karen DePauw, Dean, Graduate School
  • Kayla McNabb, Head, Instructional Content & Design, University Libraries
  • Rachel Miles, Research Impact Librarian, University Libraries
  • Derek Mueller, Associate Professor of English
  • Siddartha Roy, Postdoctoral Associate of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Venkat "Sri" Sridhar, Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering

profile picture of Elizabeth Gadd

Open Access Week Keynote: “Counting what counts in recruitment, promotion and tenure.” 

Tuesday October 20, 9:00am - 10:30am CT | Register here!

From Virginia Tech University

Elizabeth Gadd, Loughborough University, UK

What we reward through recruitment, promotion and tenure processes is not always what we actually value about research activity. This talk will explore how we can pursue value-led evaluations - and how we can persuade senior leaders of their benefits.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gadd is a scholarly communications specialist working as a Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University, UK. She chairs the INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group, the ARMA Research Evaluation SIG and the LIS-Bibliometrics Forum. She founded The Bibliomagician Blog & was the recipient of the 2020 INORMS Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership.

She has spent most of her career in libraries and doing research into the rights issues relating to the scholarly activities of UK HE. These include the Jisc-funded ACORN, Rights & Rewards, and RoMEO Projects, the latter of which gave rise to the RoMEO service. She has a PhD on the impact of copyright ownership on scholarly communication and blogs regularly on responsible research evaluation, copyright and open access issues. Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

The Keynote will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the following panelists:

  • Thomas Ewing, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Professor of History
  • Carla Finkielstein, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Bikrum Gill, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Sylvester Johnson, Professor and Director of the Center for Humanities
  • Moderator: Tyler Walters, Dean, University Libraries

Open Scholarship for Beginners: A Mini Series (Opentober) - A University Press Perspective on Open Access

Tuesday, October 20 11:00-11:30 AM CT / 10-:00-10:30 MT 

Registration is required. Zoom information will be sent in the reminder email.

From University of Colorado, Boulder

Over the course of the last several years, university presses have experimented in a variety of ways with OA book publishing. Programs such as Knowledge Unlatched, TOME, and NEH/Mellon's backlist digitization initiative have provided the financial resources to underwrite experimentation. Darrin Pratt, director of University Press of Colorado, will discuss his own press's OA results and offer his perspective on the future of OA in book publishing.


A Key in the Lock: Tools to Discover Open Access Resources Online

Tuesday, October 20, 11:00 -11:45 AM CT / 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  ET

Click here to register. 

In this informative session, Resource Sharing Librarian Rosemary Humphrey will provide you with the knowledge you need to find open access articles.

Wide Open: A Roundtable about Open Access Models for Journals

Thursday, October 22 9:00 - 10:00 AM CT / 10:00-11:00 ET

Registration is required with limited availability

This event is sponsored by Duke University Press in collaboration with the Duke University Libraries and ScholarWorks: A Center for Scholarly Publishing.

Openly available scholarship may be a clear destination, but the paths to get there are varied and complex. This roundtable of editors, publishers, and university administrators will discuss their experiences with financial models for open-access journal publishing: author-pays, single-funder, multiple-funders, library-supported, etc. The panelists will offer an assessment of the pros and cons of different models and their thoughts on the long-term sustainability of Open Access for journals. Which models hold the most promise? What obstacles keep the panelists up at night? How can the various players within the scholarly communications ecosystem--researchers, editors, publishers, publishing services, libraries, funders, and university administration--work together more effectively?

Moderator: Leslie Eager, Director of Publishing Services, Project Euclid

Robert Dilworth, Journals Director, Duke University Press
Meredith Lynn Goldsmith, Professor of English and Associate Dean at Ursinus College
Dolly Jørgensen, Editor, Environmental Humanities and Professor of History, University of Stavanger, Norway
Marcel LaFlamme, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) Open Innovation in Science Center in Vienna, Austria

Building equity in education with open education resources

Thursday, October 22, 2020 10:00-11:00 AM CT / 11:00-12:00 ET

From Cornell University

Interest in Open Educational Resources (OER) is growing nationally as higher education institutions’ budgets tighten and the costs of academic materials rise. This will be a conversation between OER Librarians about their work and the purpose of OER.

Attendees will receive a background on what OER is and how it removes barriers of access to educational materials for students. The librarians will discuss their experiences working with faculty at different universities and why OER is important.


Stacy Katz, Open Resources Librarian-STEM Liaison, CUNY Lehman
Regina Gong, OER and Student Success Librarian, Michigan State University
Amanda Larson, Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, The Ohio State University

Dial-In Information

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Webinar ID: 991 0217 6166
Passcode: 290072

Open Access in Action: A Panel Discussion Online

Thursday, October 22, 11:00 - 11:45 AM CT / 12:00-12:45 PM ET

Click here to register. 

From Kennesaw State University

Panelists from KSU's library department will describe their experiences while using open access resources in instruction and research.

Open Scholarship for Beginners: A Mini Series (Opentober) - Open Scholarship Beyond the Article

Thursday, October 22 3:00-3:30 CT / 2:00-2:30 MT

Registration is required. Zoom information will be sent in the reminder email.

From University of Colorado, Boulder

Open Access doesn’t just apply to journals. It touches all aspects of knowledge sharing throughout the research life cycle, regardless of the work’s format. This session will feature two professors who engage in open scholarship by publishing their work using nontraditional publishing methods.

SCHEV-OVAC Webinar: "Open Education: Student Success and Faculty Autonomy."

Friday October 23, 10:00am - 11:00am CT | Register here!

From Virginia Tech University

The 2020-2021 Open Education: Student Success and Faculty Autonomy webinar series hosted by SCHEV-OVAC provides a space for learning and sharing to spark innovation and expand open education in Virginia. The virtual conversations will consist of short lightning talks, which will allow institutions to share their open education efforts and learn from similar efforts happening around Virginia.

Preprint Perspectives: A Panel Discussion

Friday, October 23 | 11-1 AM / 12 - 1pm ET

Register here

From the Thomas Jefferson University 

Join our four experienced panelists to discuss issues such as: how publishing preprints can benefit authors, current best practices for preprint servers, ethical and legal considerations regarding the use of preprints, and the intersection of preprints and Covid-19 scholarship.

After registering, you will receive an email with instructions to access the Preprints Perspectives Zoom link.

Open Scholarship for Beginners: A Mini Series (Opentober) - Advancing Open Access: Experiences from Across Campus

Friday, October 23 2:00-3:00 CT / 1:00-2:00 MT

Registration is required. Zoom information will be sent in the reminder email.

From University of Colorado, Boulder

This hour-long panel brings together researchers from across campus to discuss their experiences with open access research and publishing. Panelists will discuss the values of open research, policy, and education, the importance of openness to expanding equity and social justice, changing modes and methods of research and publishing, and will offer concrete advice on how to pursue open access research and publication.