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Please join the Library in recognizing International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its 12th year. This year’s theme, “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” aligns with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and highlights the importance of equitable access, production, and dissemination of knowledge. 

International Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of openness, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in making open access research and scholarship sustainable. 

The UCSB Library Scholarly Communication and Open Access Standing Committee (SCOASC) is pleased to share the events and resources for this year’s International Open Access Week, happening from October 25 to October 31.

International Open Access Week 2021 Events @ UCSB

Open Knowledge: Access, Infrastructures, and Educational Resources at UCSB

Monday, October 25, 2021 | 2:00 PM |  UCSB Library Room 1312 (First Floor, Mountain Side)

Please join UCSB Library for two presentations in conjunction with International Open Access Week 2021

RSVP here. 

UCSB Library and the Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) Project 

Presented by Eileen Joy, Founder and Director of punctum books, and Lidia Uziel, Associate University Librarian for Research Resources and Scholarly Communication (UCSB).

Officially launched November 1, 2019, COPIM is an international, multi-institutional, 3-year project that intends to transform open access (OA) monograph publishing by delivering significant improvements to the infrastructures used by publishers, and by developing best practices for transitioning nonprofit, academic, independent, and scholar-led publishers to OA.  Funded for £3.5 million by Research England and the Arcadia Fund, the project has been designed to enable smaller non-profit publishers in the Humanities and Social Science to publish OA books and get them into the existing distribution channels and library systems. Towards that goal and via seven different Work Packages, COPIM pilots a range of interventions, from developing open, transparent, sustainable, and community-governed infrastructures for the curation, dissemination, discovery, and long-term preservation of open content and open data, to following the best practices for integrating open content into institutional library, digital learning, and repository systems, as well as devising new revenue models for sustaining OA book publishing at various scales.  

Assessing Open Educational Resource (OER) Needs for High Enrollment Classes at UCSB

Presented by Angela Chikowero, Research & Engagement Librarian at UCSB and fellow in the  Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Open Education Leadership Program.

The capstone project, “Identifying OER Needs for High Enrollment Classes,” was an environmental scan of UCSB that included two surveys: one for faculty and another one for the Promise Scholars Program students. The environmental scan helped to determine OER usage trends by faculty and assessed the Promise Scholars Program students’ textbook acquisition challenges and their overall awareness of OER. The information obtained from the two surveys resulted in some OER initiative recommendations for the UCSB Library. 

Presentations will be followed by audience Q&A and reception in the Mountain Side courtyard.

RSVP here. 

International Open Access Week Information Table

Monday-Friday October 25-29, 2021 | 12-1:00 p.m. | UCSB Library Paseo

Stop by for information on open access publishing opportunities, UC’s open access policies, UC system-wide OA transformative agreements, eScholarship and the UC Publication Management System, UCSB OA Publishing Fund, one-on-one consultations, and related services.