Open Access Week Activities 10/21 – 10/25

This year, Open Access Week is from October 21 – 27, 2019.

Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics.  This week is celebrated with a number of workshops, seminars, etc.  The full schedule of events held this year around the globe may be found at their website:

Brookens Library will be hosting two events next week.

“Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources Level the Playing Field” Webinar
Tuesday, October 22, 1pm – 2pm, Brookens Library Learning Center (230A)

The Library will host the first event, a webinar led by Sara Rachel Benson at UIUC and sponsored by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on Open Educational Resources (OER). A description of this webinar is as follows:

Open educational resources (OERs) are not usually a hard sell for students. But what about educators? How do they benefit from having access to resources that are licensed openly? And how can we, as librarians, guide faculty in adopting and adapting OERs? This free webcast will cover essential OER questions and topics, including:

  • What does OER mean?
  • How is OER helpful not only to students, but to educators as well?
  • Locating and adapting OER (or how to interpret Creative Commons licensing attached to OERs)

Speaker: Sara Rachel Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network & Finding Alternate Free Textbooks
Wednesday, October 23, noon – 1pm, Brookens Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

The Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Stephen McMinn, will follow up with a session on Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network, and finding alternate free textbooks in your discipline. 

For more information on these events or other Scholarly Communications or Open Educational Resources (OER) contact your subject librarian or Stephen McMinn (

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