The 2018 International Open Access Week, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge,” will be held October 22-28, 2018. According to the 2018 Open Access Week Advisory Committee, “This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. This year’s Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work.”
ACRL has a number of resources, publications, and events to help you prepare for and participate in Open Access Week:
- On Thursday, October 25, ACRL is hosting a free ACRL Presents webcast, “Open Data Repositories: Creating Equitable and Sustainable Data Access,” presented by Abigail Goben and Robert Sandusky, both associate professors at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Register now!
- The Scholarly Communication Toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), provides updated content and context on a broad range of scholarly communications topics and offers resources and tools for the practitioner. The Toolkit is freely available online and licensed through Creative Commons.
- Interested in in-person training? ACRL’s RoadShow workshops can be brought directly to your campus, chapter, or consortia worldwide. These interactive day-long workshops are led by experts in the field and cover a wide range of topics, including Scholarly Communication, Research Data Management, the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy, and more.
- Explore a range of open access publications, including the Curating Research Data two-volume set, Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository and A Handbook of Current Practice; Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers; and the always open College & Research Libraries, C&RL News, and RBM.