Open Access Week Ideas and Inspiration

Still not sure what you’re doing to celebrate Open Access Week at your library? Not to worry. We’ve rounded up some more examples of other Digital Commons subscribers’ plans to get you excited and inspired about spreading open access awareness on your campus. Take a note from these admins’ great ideas then get that pen out and get brainstorming!

Lucretia McCulley, Head of Scholarly Communications at the University of Richmond, is planning on facilitating a lunchtime discussion for faculty on open access publishing. Two faculty members who are currently serving as editors for open access journals will be leading the discussion and sharing their experiences with the group. Over at Dinand Library at the College of the Holy Cross, Digital Scholarship Librarian Lisa Villa has been hard at work planning an awareness event to help spread the word about open access on her campus. In addition to setting up tables with free literature, buttons, and other CrossWorks “swag,” librarians will be manning the tables throughout the week answering questions about open access and demonstrating how to navigate the repository. Lisa is also planning a presentation to library staff about open access and a virtual tour of CrossWorks.

If you’re already thinking ahead to next year, consider following Crystal Goldman and the librarians over at San Jose State University’s lead. In celebration of Open Access Week SJSU will be hosting a one-day conference on open access, open resources, and open education. “Open Access Un/Conference: Promote, Impact, Assess” will offer both a formal conference proceeding and an opportunity for informal discussion. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to register by this Friday, October 11th. UMass Amherst is hosting a series of events throughout the week, the full schedule of which is located in their ScholarWorks repository. The last event of the week is a showcase and celebration of open access journals and conferences on campus, complete with cake and refreshments. Finally, consider hosting a webinar! The University of South Florida’s Scholar Commons and ResearchOne are teaming up with NASIG (the North American Serials Interest Group) to sponsor a free webinar, “Protect Your Patrons From Predatory Publishers,” by University of Colorado-Denver librarian Jeffrey Beall.  See more information and register here.

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with for your Open Access Week celebration. Send us a note at and let us know how it goes!