Join the Duke University Libraries, ScholarWorks, and our university partners to celebrate International Open Access Week 2020 with online events!

What is International Open Access Week?

For ten years, every October, scholars, librarians, and publishers have come together to focus on issues of access to scholarly literature and knowledge. Open access (OA) is the concept of freely available, no-cost access to knowledge produced by researchers all over the globe. As the organizers of Open Access Week state, “OA has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship.” OA Week is meant to foster awareness, discussion, and collaboration around open access on a broad scale.

Open Access Week 2020 is October 19-25.

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What is Duke doing to participate in Open Access Week 2020?

The Duke Libraries and our partners are organizing three events open to all faculty, students, and staff during OA Week in October.

Open Educational Resources (OER) for Making Duke Courses Accessible, Flexible, and Affordable

In this time of reassessing how we teach for a combination of remote/online and in-person instruction, we have an opportunity to make our courses more accessible, flexible, and affordable for our students. The key to this: Open Educational Resources (OER).

This 1-hour workshop serves as an introduction to OER and an exploration of how to locate, evaluate, and use OER to enrich our teaching and learning.

Led by Haley Walton, Librarian for Education and Open Scholarship and Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Librarian for Literature and Theater Studies at Duke University Libraries.

Monday, October 19, 2020
1-2pm via Zoom

Wide Open: A Roundtable about Open Access Models for Journals

Openly available scholarship may be a clear destination, but the paths to get there are varied and complex. This roundtable of editors, publishers, and university administrators will discuss their experiences with financial models for open-access journal publishing: author-pays, single-funder, multiple-funders, library-supported, etc. The panelists will offer an assessment of the pros and cons of different models and their thoughts on the long-term sustainability of Open Access for journals. Which models hold the most promise? What obstacles keep the panelists up at night? How can the various players within the scholarly communications ecosystem—researchers, editors, publishers, publishing services, libraries, funders, and university administration—work together more effectively?

Moderator: Leslie Eager, Director of Publishing Services, Project Euclid

Robert Dilworth, Journals Director, Duke University Press
Meredith Lynn Goldsmith, Professor of English and Associate Dean at Ursinus College
Dolly Jørgensen, Editor, Environmental Humanities and Professor of History, University of Stavanger, Norway

Marcel LaFlamme, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) Open Innovation in Science Center in Vienna, Austria

This event is sponsored by Duke University Press in collaboration with the Duke University Libraries and ScholarWorks: A Center for Scholarly Publishing.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
10-11am via Zoom

Open Educational Resources (OER) are openly licensed educational materials, provided at no cost to the user. OER materials range in size from single files (text, image, video or audio clip), to Open Access Textbooks (OAT), and complete online courses.

OER present accepted knowledge, enhanced with pedagogical design for use in teaching, learning, and public outreach. OER provide benefits for teachers and students. Teachers save time in lesson design, and they find opportunities to collaborate with other educators at many types of institutions, and students benefit economically because OER can replace expensive textbooks. OER can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, redistributed, and they allow teachers to update and diversify assigned materials in a time sensitive manner.

This workshop will focus on key challenges in finding and using OER:

  • What is the difference between OER and Open Access Publishing, Open Data, and Public Domain Materials?
  • Expert search: how do you find OER efficiently?
  • How do you interpret the license of an OER?
  • How do you evaluate an OER?
  • How do you cite OER?
  • What resources do Duke University Libraries offer for planning OER Projects?


Arnetta C Girardeau
Arnetta is the Copyright & Information Policy Consultant at Duke University Libraries

Heidi Madden
Heidi is the Librarian for Western European and Medieval Renaissance Studies. She develops collections of materials from and about Europe, and provides research services and library instruction.

Haley Walton
Haley works with the Duke community to support scholarly communications, open access to research, and measuring research impact.

This is a session for Graduate School RCR credit, but faculty and staff are also welcome.

Friday, October 23, 2020
2-4pm via Zoom