Celebrate International Open Access Week 2023

October 23-29, 2023, is International Open Access Week, an initiative of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) in partnership with the Open Access Week Advisory Committee. This week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share what they’ve learned, and help inspire wider participation in making open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The theme for 2023 is “Community over Commercialization,” encouraging a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community and providing an opportunity to join together, take action, and raise awareness around the importance of community control of knowledge sharing systems.

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

Do Some Open Access Reading

ACRL proudly makes many of our books freely available online. Visit our Open Access Books page to delve into these recent publications:

You can explore all the latest ACRL books available in the ALA Store in our Publications Catalog.

Make sure to stay up-to-date with ACRL’s open access College & Research LibrariesC&RL News, and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. And check out our always open White Papers and Reports and Guidelines, Standards, and Frameworks.

Bring a Workshop to Your Institution, Chapter, Or Consortium

ACRL’s RoadShows bring high quality in-person training directly to you. Day-long traveling workshops and new online experiences have been designed to help academic library professionals tackle the greatest issues facing the profession today. RoadShow topics align with ACRL’s strategic goals, ensuring a commitment to leading academic and research librarians in advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Be sure to check out the Open Educational Resources and Affordability RoadShow!

Explore the 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 under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Listen to a CHOICE Podcast

The Authority File—winner of a 2023 Publisher Podcast Award—provides insight on the academic library market through conversations with representatives of some of the biggest and most innovative companies influencing it, as well as authors of insightful books, librarians who are transforming their field, and academics whose research is laying the groundwork for the future. Don’t miss the ongoing 4-part series “Creative Disruption in Scholarship,” available from choice360.org or wherever you get your podcasts.