Open Access Week 2021

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Open Access Week 2021
International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions, and organizations across the world, and its organization is led by a global advisory committee.

Open Access Week Online Lecture

Join us on Tuesday, October 26, 10:00-10:45 am (Eastern) to learn how the partnerships between Coalition Publica, libraries, and scholarly journals is transforming the availability of original scholarship produced in Canada, and how University of Windsor’s Leddy Library publishing services an help you, as a researcher, author, prospective editor, or graduate student.

The event is free and registration is available online:

Coalition Publica ( is the partnership between Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) to advance digital scholarly publishing, open access dissemination, and research capacity in the humanities and social sciences in Canada.

Funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Coalition Publica provides digital scholarly publishing infrastructure and services with PKP's Open Journal Systems (OJS) software and the platform.

  • Pascal Calarco - Scholarly Communications Librarian, Leddy Library
  • Dr. Selinda Berg - University Librarian, Leddy Library
  • Jessica Clark - Coalition Publica Coordinator, Érudit
  • Dr. Christopher Tindale - Editor, Informal Logic
  • Dr. Lana Parker - Editor, Journal of Teaching and Learning

Other #OAWeek Events 

Friday, October 22: Indigenous Knowledges and Open Education Symposium

Time: October 22, 2021 from 10am to 1pm
Country: Canada
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Event Type: symposium
Organized By: Open UBC

This event is during Pacific Daylight Time.

On October 22, 2021, the Open Education Working Group invites you to join us for the inaugural Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges Symposium to learn about and discuss the intersections between open education and Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing. Many conversations around open education (OE) focus on a Eurocentric framework of copyright and intellectual property rights that are sometimes in tension with Indigenous knowledge systems. The goal of the Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges Symposium is to centre Indigenous ways of knowing, culture, experiences, and worldviews within our OE advocacy work. 

ACRL Presents: Celebrating Open Access Week: Scaling Open to Fit Local Needs

Oct 25, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada) 

ACRL is excited to offer a free webcast in celebration of the 14th annual International Open Access Week. Institutions’ approaches to ‘Open’ movements, specifically Open Access and Open Educational Resources, can vary wildly depending on institutional size, financial situation, staff availability, and community needs. Projects need to be adapted to meet the unique nature of each institution. Join authors from ACRL’s forthcoming Scholarly Communications Cookbook to learn how librarians at all kinds of institutions can adapt workshops, consultations, and other projects to their local needs. This panel consists of recipe authors from different institution types: a regional comprehensive university, an R-1 flagship university, a private university, and a community college system. Panelists will describe some of the open initiatives at their institutions and how they have scaled the project to their specific needs. They will also offer suggestions for adapting open projects to your needs.

Emily Bongiovanni
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Colorado School of Mines

Brianna Buljung
Teaching & Learning Librarian
Colorado School of Mines

Additional Speaker:
Brittany Dudek
Manager Library and OER
Colorado Community Colleges Online

Brittany Dudek, MLIS, is the Colorado Community College System’s OER subject matter expert and advocate. As the Manager, OER and Library for Colorado Community Colleges Online, Brittany has been instrumental in the collaborative efforts leading to more than 90 zero textbook courses (ZTC) and 4 Z-degree pathways. Brittany has served on the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s OER Council, CCCOER’s Executive Council, the ACRL CJCLS Section OER Task Force, and the DOERS3 Equity Group, and was a 2019-2020 Open Education Group OER Research Fellow.

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Monday, October 25: Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University

Booking is now open for the British Library’s Open and Engaged 2021 online conference ‘Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University’, part of this year’s international Open Access Week.  

Join us on the morning of Monday 25 October 2021 to hear speakers explore the different impacts that open resources can have on people. They will seek to question how openness enhances the ability to engage with communities, how projects can be sustainable and make positive changes in the long-term, as well as some of the downsides to current approaches to open engagement. 

Many of the speakers come from the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector, and we will learn about ways cultural organisations generate, measure and report on impact, and seek useful connections across the higher education and cultural sectors. 

Further details can be found in this blog post.  

Registration is free and open now. 

Recordings from the event will be made publicly available in November. 

Contact email: 

Monday, October 25: Open Access Australasia

Time: October 25, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm
Country: Australia
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Event Type: zoompanelfacilitated discussion
Organized By: Open Access Australasia

Tuesday, October 26: Open 101 Workshop

Time: October 26, 2021 from 2pm to 3pm
Country: Canada
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Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Open UBC


Would you like to learn more about open education and open educational resources but don’t know where to start? This introductory workshop is for you.  

This session will provide an overview to the open education movement including what it is and why it matters. This session will cover:  

1) Definition and examples of open educational resources 

2) Benefits of OER to both students and faculty 

3) First steps toward adopting, adapting, or creating OER  

4) How to find additional support with OE at UBC Library 

This session is during Pacific Daylight Time (PDT Time Zone),

Tuesday, October 26: Open Access Today and Tomorrow

Time: October 26, 2021 from 7:30am to 1:30pm
Country: United States of America
City/Town: Washington
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Phone: 2024511166
Event Type: webinar
Organized By: ACS Publications

Open Access Today and Tomorrow, on October 26th, will bring together researchers, funders, institutions, librarians, publishers and open access advocates in a day-long virtual conference. Participants will learn about the latest developments in open access publishing from speakers at every stage in the academic publishing community.

Tuesday, October 26: Looking for a needle in a haystack: Increasing the international visibility of Canadian research through the CARL-OpenAIRE collaboration

Looking for a needle in a haystack: Increasing the international visibility of Canadian research through the CARL-OpenAIRE collaboration
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time: 8-9 a.m. PT / 11 am - 12 p.m. ET

Everyone is welcome - register here:
The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is pleased to present a series of webinars introducing CARL’s collaboration with OpenAIRE, a European-based infrastructure for open scholarship. This collaboration has been working to integrate and identify Canadian content in the OpenAIRE aggregation, with an initial focus on supporting the discoverability of research supported by Canada’s Federal Granting Agencies.
Canadian research outputs are disseminated using numerous platforms, publishers, and repositories around the world. OpenAIRE is an open source, community-based discovery service, funded by the European Commission (EC), that tracks research outputs such as data, articles, monographs and more. OpenAIRE enables discovery of this content by aggregating metadata and full text content from thousands of data providers, allowing institutions, researchers and funders to discover this content more easily. 
This first webinar will provide a high level overview of the vision and benefits of this collaboration for the Canadian research community, and will be sure to interest library directors, funders, repository managers, scholarly communication librarians, open access advocates, and researchers.
Natalia Manola, CEO of OpenAIRE
Matthew Lucas, Executive Director, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Vivian Lewis, University Librarian, McMaster University and CARL President
Pierre Lasou, Librarian, Laval University, and chair of the CARL Open Repositories Working Group’s OpenAIRE Task Group
The session will be moderated by Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories.
This session will be recorded and will be offered with simultaneous interpretation in order to accommodate francophone and anglophone attendees.
A second session and third session will be held in November and December and will provide more detailed guidance about how content providers can contribute to OpenAIRE.

Wednesday, October 27: OA Myth Busting Workshop

Time: October 27, 2021 from 1pm to 2pm
Country: Canada
City/Town: Vancouver
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Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Open UBC

OA or Open Access started in the 1990s, just long enough ago for a number of myths and misconceptions to become firmly rooted. This workshop brings the facts to combat the myths, but with a lighter touch. Come for the facts, stay for the light-hearted banter. 

This webinar is during Pacific Daylight Time (PDT Time Zone).


Wednesday, October 27: Open Textbooks in Higher Education

Time: October 27, 2021 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Country: United States of America
Street: William T. Young Library, University of Kentucky
City/Town: Lexington, KY
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Event Type: informationsession
Organized By: Adrian K. Ho

Amid the concerns about the costs of higher education are the escalating prices of textbooks. According to the Student PIRGs, “sixty-five percent of students have skipped buying a textbook at some point because of cost, and each year, $3 billion of federal student aid goes to pay for textbooks.” The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the financial and technological barriers to accessing learning materials. To alleviate students’ financial burdens, some educators have switched to library resources and/or openly licensed peer-reviewed materials (open educational resources, OER) in place of commercial textbooks. In addition to being free of charge to students, OER allow instructors to customize the content to suit their pedagogical needs and provide students with up-to-date information on the subject.

The University of Kentucky Libraries will host an information session during Open Access Week to introduce instructors and graduate students in Kentucky to OER, the benefits of using them, and where to find them.


Thursday, October 28: UBCO OER Grant Project Showcase

Time: October 28, 2021 from 2pm to 3pm
Country: Canada
City/Town: Vancouver
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Event Type: panel
Organized By: Open UBC

In this panel discussion, 2020-21 UBC Okanagan OER Grant recipients will share their experiences creating and adapting open educational resources (OER) for UBC Okanagan courses. If you are interested in applying for an ALT-2040 Open Educational Resource focus stream grant, or simply want to learn more the OER projects at UBCO, please join us!  


Donna Langille (Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, UBC Okanagan) 


Claire Yan and Amaiya Khardenavis 

Project: Introductory Thermodynamics: An open textbook for Engineering undergraduate students  

Mathew Vis-Dunbar and Jason Pither 

Project: Fostering best practices in reproducible analyses across the Biology curriculum  

Scott Roy Douglas, Amber McLeod, and Ronan Scott 

Project: Listening and speaking English for academic purposes: Materials development for students learning English as an additional language on UBC Okanagan campus  

W. Stephen McNeil  

Project: Context-embedded guided inquiry learning modules for large introductory chemistry courses  

This session is during Pacific Daylight Time – PDT Time Zone.


Friday, October 29: Creative Commons and Open Licensing in Practice 

Time: October 29, 2021 from 2pm to 3pm
Country: Canada
Street: 1958 Main Mall
City/Town: Vancouver
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Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Open UBC

Open licensing developed as a response to the restrictive nature of copyright and its growth demonstrates the desire of many creators, especially in academia, to make their work accessible and reusable by others. This session will provide an introduction to open licensing, focusing primarily on Creative Commons and how creators can assign licenses to their works and use the licensed works of others. Attendees are not expected to have significant experience with open licensing prior to attending.

Topics covered will include the history and development of open licenses the different Creative Commons licenses and how they work.

This session is during Pacific Daylight Time – PDT Time Zone.

  • how to assign licenses to your work
  • how to find and reuse openly licensed content in your work

Tuesday, November 2: Publishing In the Open: A Discussion on Open Access in Canada

Time: November 2, 2021 from 11am to 12pm
Country: Canada
City/Town: Vancouver
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Event Type: panel
Organized By: Open UBC

Open access publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible.   Unlike the traditional scholarly publishing model under which publishers require institutions or individuals to pay for access to these materials, open access provides a model for freely available research outputs to the general public for viewing, and often for reuse. 

There is a great deal of activity in Canada that has advanced open access nationally, including publishing bodies and initiatives, and national granting opportunities and requirements. This event will explore opportunities and challenges from the perspective of two significant open access publishing initiatives, the University of Calgary Press and Coalition Publica.  

You are invited to join a panel discussion with Brian Scrivener (University of Calgary Press) and Jessica Clark (Coalition Publica) that will address advancements and setbacks for open access publishing in Canada.


Brian Scrivener, Director of the University of Calgary Press

Since 2015, Brian Scrivener has been Director of the University of Calgary Press. Prior to that, he worked in the BC College of Open Learning at Thompson Rivers University and with trade and academic publishers in Vancouver.

Jessica Clark, Project Coordinator of Coalition Publica

Jessica Clark is the Project Coordinator of Coalition Publica, a partnership between Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project to advance research dissemination and digital scholarly publishing in Canada. While her current work focuses on journal publishing, her background is in scholarly book publishing, with previous positions at the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) and the University of Ottawa Press. Open Access has been a theme common to all her professional work to date.

This event is during  Pacific Daylight Time – PDT Time Zone


Wednesday, November 3: Open Scholarship in Practice - Faculty Lightning Talks

Time: November 3, 2021 from 1pm to 2pm
Country: Canada
City/Town: Vancouver
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Event Type: panel
Organized By: Open UBC

Open scholarship is an umbrella term that encompasses open access, open research, open science, open data, open education, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment. 

Join us for a series of lightning talks featuring UBC faculty who are engaging in open scholarship to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.


Erin Fields, Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian, UBC Library - Vancouver


Nick Ubels, Community Engagement Librarian (UBC Vancouver) Dr. Lindsay Rogers, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine (UBC Vancouver)


This session is held during Pacific Daylight Time – PDT Time Zone

  • Dr. Firas Moosvi, Computer Science, Data Science, Physics,  Faculty of Science (UBC Okanagan)
  • Susan Paterson, Government Publications Librarian - Humanities and Social Scie\nces Division (UBC Vancouver)  
  • Larissa Ringham, Associate Head of Digital Programs and Services - Digital Initiatives (UBC Vancouver)
  • Dr. Mathew Mitchell, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, (UBC Vancouver)
Wednesday, November 3: Creative Commons and Copyleft Trolls

Time: November 3, 2021 from 11am to 12pm
Country: Canada
City/Town: Vancouver
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Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Open UBC

Founded in 2001, Creative Commons has become one of the most used open licensing schemes for those engaging in open scholarship. Understanding the nuances and complexities of using these licenses in your work can be a daunting task, especially with the rise of content creators using outdated versions of licenses for profit.

This session will provide participants with a more in-depth understanding of Creative Commons licenses and some of the potential pitfalls when using and assigning licenses to your work. Topics covered in this session include:

considerations for choosing an appropriate Creative Commons license Creative Commons licenses and open culture

This session is held during Pacific Daylight Time – PDT Time Zone

  • why the legal code behind Creative Commons licenses matters
  • how copyleft trolls take advantage of outdated licenses
  • when Creative Commons licenses might not be appropriate for your work
Thursday, November 4: Past, Present, and Future: A Conversation on Open Access with Leslie Chan

Time: November 4, 2021 from 10am to 11pm
Country: Canada
City/Town: Vancouver
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Event Type: keynote
Organized By: Open UBC

As one of the original signatories to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), Leslie Chan has been at the forefront of the open access movement for 20 years. At the time of signing, the BOAI offered a hopeful vision for the future of scholarly communication in which scholars would use the internet to take back the means of academic production and provide free, unrestricted access to scholarly outputs.

In the years since the BOAI, open access has made a significant impact on the publishing landscape, yet many of the inequities, monopolies, and incentive structures that existed 20 years ago are still in place. For open access advocates seeking to upend traditional modes of academic publishing, it is imperative that we take a critical look at the trajectory of the open access movement and reflect on its successes and missed opportunities . 

Join UBC Library and the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology  for a conversation with Leslie Chan to discuss the history of the open access movement from BOAI to today and what steps we can take in the future to work towards the original promise of an equitable, scholar-led communication and research landscape.

This session is held during Pacific Daylight Time – PDT Time Zone


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