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Open Weeks

Events, exhibits, and information related to Open Access Week and Open Education Week.

Open Access Week 2020: Open with Purpose

Open Access Week 2020. Open with purpose: taking action to build structural equity and inclusion. October 19th to 25th.

Open Access Week 2020 at VCU

Join VCU Libraries in celebrating International Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to learn about the benefits of Open and inspire wider participation to make Open a new norm in scholarship, research and education. Open is the movement to remove access barriers to educational and research materials. 

"Paywall: The Business of Scholarship"
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12 noon to 1:30 PM 
Join an online screening of "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship," a documentary that focuses on the need for open access to research and questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishing companies. A discussion led by VCU librarians will follow the film starting around 1 p.m. Attendees are welcome to join for the entire event or the screening/discussion only.

VCU Open Access Images on the Cabell Screen 
All week on the Cabell Screen
The exhibit showcases just a small selection of VCU Libraries’ open access and public domain resources, as well as images from educational resources and works of scholarship created by members of the VCU community. All are freely accessible to those at VCU and around the world. 

Open Education: Student Success and Faculty Autonomy
Friday, October 23, 11:00am – 12:00pm
This webinar series, hosted by the SCHEV Open Virginia Advisory Committee, provides a space for learning and sharing to spark innovation and expand open education in Virginia. The virtual conversations will consist of short lightning talks, which will allow institutions to share their open education efforts and learn from similar efforts happening around Virginia.

Selections from Open Access Week 2020 events from around the world

Open Access Week Keynote: “Counting what counts in recruitment, promotion and tenure.” (Virginia Tech)
Tuesday October 20, 10:00am - 11:30am
Elizabeth Gadd, Loughborough University, UK
What we reward through recruitment, promotion and tenure processes is not always what we actually value about research activity. This talk will explore how we can pursue value-led evaluations - and how we can persuade senior leaders of their benefits. Presentation Recording.

A Key in the Lock: Tools to Discover Open Access Resources (Kennesaw State University)
Tuesday, October 20th from 12:00PM-12:45PM
In this informative session, Resource Sharing Librarian Rosemary Humphrey will provide you with the knowledge you need to find Open Access articles. Presentation recording and slides.

Perspectives on Openness: Honouring Indigenous Ways of Knowing (York University)
October 20, 2020 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Panelists: Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Assistant Professor (Department of History), Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor (Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies), and Sean Hillier, Assistant Professor (School of Health Policy & Management).
In an era of open scholarship and research, how do we as a research community navigate and balance openness while respecting Indigenous knowledge and cultural expression? This panel event offers an opportunity to encourage broader participation in conversations and actions around emerging scholarly communication issues and will center Indigenous approaches to open scholarship and research. Panelists will lead a discussion on the themes of openness, open scholarship, and Indigenous knowledge.

Addressing Structural Equity and Inclusion on Wikipedia (University of Texas at Arlington)
Tuesday, October 20 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Central)
Presenter: Michael Barera, University and Labor Archivist, UTA Libraries
Almost twenty years since the creation of English Wikipedia, which now has more than six million articles, there are over 54 million articles on more than 300 different language Wikipedias. However, there are still major gaps in content: some topics are covered incredibly well, others barely at all. In this presentation, Michael Barera will discuss some of the content gaps on Wikipedia that relate directly to issues of structural equity and inclusion or, as Wikipedia often refers to it, “systemic bias.” Two of the best known are the gender gap and the gap between the global south and the global north. Michael will discuss Wikipedia-wide initiatives to address these and similar gaps in content as well as discuss how work is being done here at UTA to engage with these issues. He will also discuss the issues surrounding recruitment and retention of a more diverse user community on Wikipedia, which is likewise directly related to equity and inclusion on the site.

Authors Rights and Negotiating Author Agreements (Johns Hopkins University)
Wednesday, Oct.21 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Speakers: Brianna Schofield, Executive Director, Authors Alliance Rachel Brooke, Staff Attorney, Authors Alliance 
Join us for a lively discussion about authors rights and negotiating author agreements with Brianna Schofield and Rachel Brook from the Authors Alliance!

Copyright, Creative Commons, and Open Licenses (University of British Columbia)
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Pacific)
This workshop will provide an introduction to copyright, Creative Commons (CC), and open licenses. Participants will be introduced to copyright basics, including the concept of public domain and exceptions and limitations to copyright. They will learn about Creative Commons and open licensing, as well as using and applying different Creative Commons licenses.

Boosting Your Scholarly Profile: Digital Identity, Impact Metrics, and Archiving Scholarly Work (University of Texas at Arlington)
Thursday, October 22 at 10:00am to 11:00am (Central)
Presenters: Brooke Troutman – Scholarly Impact and Social Science Librarian, UTA Libraries; Mitch Stepanovich – Research Services & Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs Librarian, UTA Libraries; and Yumi Ohira – Digital Publishing & Repository Librarian, UTA Libraries.
As academic research continues to advance there are a number of tools and resources to help you, the researcher, manage your scholarship and help it stand out. In this session you will be introduced to ORCID and other tools and resources to create and manage your scholarly identity. 

Finding, Using, and Adapting Open Resources For Your Courses (University of British Columbia)
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 11:00am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time)
With the proliferation of open education resources on the web, the practice of finding, evaluating, using, and remixing videos, simulations, test banks, presentations, and other materials is a skill that can help support instructors and students in their teaching and learning. This session will focus on the pragmatic elements of reuse and the basics of working with open education resources. Participants are invited to bring their questions, problems and favourite resources.

Citizen DJ: A Future of Sampling (Johns Hopkins University)
Friday, Oct. 23 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Speakers: Brian Foo, Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Shodekeh, Peabody Breath Artist 
Join Brian Foo and Shodekeh for our Citizen DJ workshop. Learn a short history of sampling and get an introduction to the Citizen DJ sampling app!