Celebrate Open Access Week 2022

October 24-30, 2022, is the 15th annual International Open Access Week, a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research.  An initiative of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Access Week is 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 is “Open for Climate Justice.” Explore ACRL’s array of resources, publications, and events to help you participate in Open Access Week.

Brush Up On Your Reading

ACRL proudly makes many of our books freely available online. Visit our Digital Publications page to see all our open access books and be sure 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 Libraries, C&RL News, and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. And check out our always open White Papers and Reports and ACRL Guidelines, Standards, and Frameworks.

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.

ACRL’s newest Off-RoadShow, Open Educational Resources and Affordability, will help you understand the basics of OER and how libraries 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. The online workshop begins with foundational knowledge about OER: What are OER? How do they impact faculty and students? We also discuss examples of and opportunities for library involvement in affordability initiatives, analyze stakeholders and institutional context, and determine appropriate strategies and goals for real-world application.

Dive Into A CHOICE Podcast/Webinars

Direct to Open Post-Launch: Consortia, Goals, and the Future of Open Models (podcast)

Open Access in Academia: History, Options and Trends (Upcoming October 25, 2022)

How Academic Librarians Are Working with Faculty to Source Affordable Textbooks for Students (July 2022)

Unlocking Value: Keys to Incorporating Open Access in Library Collections (April 2022)

Open Access Pilots: Learnings from Elsevier and Pilot Partners (November 2021)

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.