Budapest Open Access Initiative 20th Anniversary

Join ACRL in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) on February 14, 2022. BOAI is significant for offering the first definition of open access and also serving as, “a statement of principle, a statement of strategy, and a statement of commitment.” As an early signatory, ACRL recognizes the power of BOAI in propelling a broad movement towards openness in scholarship through its goal to, “accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge.” The values of BOAI remain as important now as they were 20 years ago, and the BOAI20 Steering Committee will celebrate the anniversary by releasing a new set of recommendations in the coming weeks.

This year also makes the 20th anniversary of the launch of ACRL’s scholarly communications initiative and strategic goal that the academic and research library workforce accelerates the transition to more open and equitable systems of scholarship. We hope ACRL’s 2019 action-oriented research agenda “Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future” remains a source of inspiration for the academic library community to create change – whether by implementing practical actions in the report or investigating a recommended research question.

Additional information on Open Access is available through these ACRL resources.

Check Out a Good Book

ACRL proudly makes many of our digital books freely available online. Delve into some of ACRL’s Open Access publications, including:

Make sure to stay up-to-date with ACRL’s Open Access College & Research Libraries, C&RL News, and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage as well. The monthly C&RL News Scholarly Communication column, edited by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), often examines Open Access-related topics.

Begin Planning a Virtual Workshop for Your Institution, Chapter, or Consortium  

Bring robust online learning directly to your library or organization with ACRL’s virtual Off-RoadShow workshops! Led by expert presenters over multiple days, these online workshops are based on ACRL’s popular in-person RoadShow workshops and support academic library professionals in tackling the greatest issues facing the profession.

The Open Educational Resources and Affordability Off-Road Show will help you understand the basics of OER and your library can be involved in affordability initiatives at your institution. This introductory virtual workshop is intended for academic librarians and library staff interested in learning about OER and/or developing OER initiatives.

Explore the Scholarly Communication Toolkit

Developed and maintained by ReSEC, the popular 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.