Celebrate Open Access Week 2020!

Open Access Week is coming up October 19-25, 2020. An initiative of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access Week is presented as an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.”

This year’s theme, “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion,” builds on the discussions of the 2018 and 2019 themes in centering the urgent need for action on equity and inclusion in this work. According to the 2020 Open Access Week Advisory Committee, “Openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge. Rebuilding research and scholarship to be open by default presents a unique opportunity to construct a foundation that is fundamentally more equitable. Yet today, structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present and persistent in places where openness is a core value. As a global community, it is important to understand that the systems and spaces of the present are often built upon legacies of historic injustice and that addressing these inequities is a necessity.”

Check out ACRL’s array of resources, publications, and events to help you participate in Open Access Week.

Free Webcast on Wednesday, October 21!

ACRL is excited to offer a free webcast celebrating Open Access Week. Tune in on Wednesday, October 21, at 1:00 p.m. Central, for “Celebrating Open Access Week: Building Structural Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications.” Join recipients of ACRL’s scholarly communications research grants—based on research suggested by 2019’s Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future—for a discussion of their projects; the challenges of enacting change in scholarly communications including the global digital divide and information inequality, decolonization, democratization, and privilege (or the lack thereof); and practical, actionable steps that academic librarians can take to help build a better future.

Scholarly Communication Toolkit

Developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), the Scholarly Communication Toolkit provides users with a basic understanding of scholarly communication issues in the context of their impact on libraries and offers resources and tools to support librarians as they navigate and transform the scholarly communication landscape. Users can also contribute their own tools or resources to the toolkit, including papers, presentations, handouts, videos, and more. The Toolkit is freely available online and licensed through Creative Commons.

Catch Up on Your Reading

Looking for a good book? Explore some of ACRL’s open access publications, including Fostering Change: A Team-Based Guide (coming soon!); Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future; and Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Decision-Making in the Age of Open Access, Maker Spaces, and the Ever-Changing Library.

Want to dive deeper into scholarly communication issues? Check out a selection of recent ACRL publications available through the ALA Store, including Reflections on Practitioner Research: A Practical Guide for Information Professionals; The Engaged Library: High-Impact Educational Practices in Academic Libraries; and Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World.

And make sure to stay up-to-date with ACRL’s open access College & Research Libraries, C&RL News, and RBM.

For more information, visit acrl.org or contact ACRL Professional Development and Outreach Specialist Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org.