An introduction to Open Access Week 2018 from Constantia Constantinou, H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of Libraries.
Open Access is no longer a concept.
Open Access is a movement, propelled by the issues of social inequality that guide the ways in which we provide access to information and research.
Opening up science, humanities, arts, and the research and data that drive them is about maintaining an open society and, ultimately, it is about democracy and democratizing access to knowledge.
Scholars share their ideas in an open dialogue while sharing open data and open texts that provide new answers to global challenges. The open publishing revolution that is taking place at our academic institutions is transforming our societies through the creation of new and more accessible ways of sharing and using knowledge from around the world.
Through our support for initiatives that advance open access to scholarly materials, our universities and libraries are acting as agents of change for social equality and inclusion by becoming information providers for all. As we celebrate Open Access week, we welcome you to the journey of openness.
Find out more about what the Penn Libraries is doing to support open access initiatives.
About Open Access Week 2018
The theme for the 2018 International Open Access Week is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” About the theme:
This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition…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…
How do we ensure sustainability models used for open access are not exclusionary? What are inequities that open systems can recreate or reinforce? Whose voices are prioritized? Who is excluded? How does what counts as scholarship perpetuate bias? What are areas where openness might not be appropriate?…Consider these questions as prompts for ongoing conversations that can help ensure that the foundation for a more equitable system of open research and scholarship is created thoughtfully and collaboratively. (International Open Access Week 2018)
Open Access Week at the Penn Libraries
- “Publishing and Scholarly Practice at Penn: Key Takeaways from the Penn Libraries’ Scholarly Communications and Research Infrastructure Project (SCRIP),” October 23 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., a panel presentation to look at Penn Libraries’ project to rethink its Institutional Repository, ScholarlyCommons, and its publishing related services. Register here.
- “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship,” October 25, 3:30-5:00 p.m., a screening of a new film that examines the state of academic publishing and its not-for-profit and for-profit worlds. Register here.
Plus a series of five daily blog posts:
- October 23: “The Anatomy of Creative Commons Open Access Licensing,” by Rebecca Stuhr, Director, Liaison Services.
- October 24: “Why pay for what's free? Finding open access and public domain articles,” by John Mark Ockerbloom. Ockerbloom, Digital Library Strategist & Metadata Architect, is also the curator of the Online Books Page, which links to more than 2,000,000 openly accessible texts.
- October 25: Carolina Schultz and Wanyue Yang, Penn Libraries interns, examine student views on the cost barriers to purchasing textbooks.
- October 26: “Current Open Access Collections Initiatives at the Penn Libraries,” by Nick Okrent, Coordinator and Librarian for Humanities Collections.