Published: Oct. 10, 2019

For the 12th annual International Open Access Week (Oct. 21-Oct. 25) the University Libraries will be hosting a series of informational and interactive events that will engage the campus in conversations around the importance of open and equitable scholarship, and introduce hands-on skills related to open access (OA) publishing.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) defines OA as “the free, immediate, online availability of scholarly literature coupled with the rights to use this literature fully in the digital environment.” 

During Open Access Week, the Libraries will host workshops on author rights, open source and multimedia publishing tools, and editing on Wikipedia. These trainings provide applicable skills related to open access publishing that can help researchers, writers, and creators to increase the impact of their work and contribute to scholarly conversations.

Magnolia Landa-Posas, Community Engagement Manager for the Just Transition Collaborative

Magnolia Landa-Posas, Community Engagement Manager for the Just Transition Collaborative will speak at the "Open Access: Artistic Interpretations" reception. 

This year, the Libraries commissioned original works of art from six students and faculty from across the university that interpret the power and potential of OA publishing. These works were selected as expressive interpretations of themes that empower the movement towards open scholarship. Scholarly Communication Librarian Melissa Cantrell said that these works of art aim to engage the CU Boulder community in a collective conversation around OA.

“Open Access Week is a time to look towards the future of scholarly publishing as well as to reflect on our values as a community, in terms of how we can activate more equitable and inclusive access to scholarship,” Cantrell said. 

On Thursday, Oct. 24 from 2-4 pm, join us in the Center for British and Irish Studies on the fifth floor of Norlin Library for a reception with food, presentations from our six “Open Access: Artistic Interpretations” artists, and remarks from Magnolia Landa-Posas, Community Engagement Manager for the Just Transition Collaborative. Visit all six installations located across campus on Friday, Oct. 25, with the Libraries! A guided tour will leave from Norlin Library’s west entrance at noon.

The complete list of Open Access Week events can be found on the Open Access Guide.