Open Access Week

October 23 - 29, 2023 | Everywhere

Open Access Week 2012 at the University of Kansas

Our theme this year is "Set the Default to Openness"and features panel discussions and presentations about Open Learning, the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), the International Impact of Open Access, Open Access and graduate students, and a forum with publishers who are making the transition to business models that include Open Access. The week starts with a terrific webinar from SPARC and the World Bank about the World Bank's Open Access initiatives.

Schedule of Events

Refreshments will be served at all events.

Open Access Week Kickoff:  Set the Default to Open Access

Monday, October 22, 3:00-4:30 pm,

Watson Library, Room 455, Lawrence campus AND

Dykes Library, Room G025, KU Medical Center campus

Please join us on the Lawrence and KU Med Center campuses to watch this Open Access Week kickoff webinar about the World Bank’s Open Access efforts.   The webinar is brought to you by the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), part of the Association of Research Libraries, and the World Bank.

Open Access: New Frontiers in Publishing

Tuesday, October 23, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, Watson Library, Room 455

  • Lea Currie, Head of Collection Development, KU Libraries, moderator
  • Bob Schatz, North American Sales Manager, BioMed Central
  • Will Schweitzer, Sr. Editor, Journals, Sage Publications

This event is a publisher’s forum with representatives from Sage Publications and BioMed Central discussing their companies’ transitions to business models that include open access.

From Open Access to Open Learning:  Online learning platforms for distance education and foreign language learning

Wednesday, October 24, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Watson Library, Room 455

  • Jon Giullian, Librarian for Slavic and East European Studies, KU Libraries, moderator
  • Kim Glover, Instructional Design Librarian, KU Libraries
  • Amy Rossomondo, Associate Professor, Co-Director of Spanish Language Instruction, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, KU
  • Jonathan Perkins, Director, Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC), KU
  • Keah Cunningham, Assistant Director, Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC), KU

Panelists at this event will discuss open learning initiatives in higher education, highlighting projects developed by KU faculty and graduate students in partnership with the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC). (Please feel free to bring your lunch; drinks and light snacks will be provided.)

Presentation about the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA)
by Congressman Kevin Yoder, Kansas' Representative and a FRPAA co-sponsor

Wednesday, October 24, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm, Watson Library, Watson 3 West

This presentation will encompass the FRPAA legislation currently before Congress.   FRPAA requires that research funded by several federal agencies be made available free of charge to the public.  This is modeled after the mandate currently in place for research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  A reception will follow the presentation from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm.

KU Medical Center Open Access panel discussion and Dr. Paul Terranova's introduction of the One University Open Access Publishing Fund

Thursday, October 25, 12:00-1:00 pm, Clendening Library Foyer, KU Medical Center

  • Dr. Paul Terranova, Vice Chancellor for Research and Senior Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education

Join Dykes Library in celebrating Open Access Week as we look at open access through the KUMC lens on Thursday, October 25 from 12-1:00 p.m. in the Clendening foyer, where a panel of KUMC faculty and post-docs who have published in open access journals or negotiated copyright transfer agreements will share their experiences. Dr. Paul Terranova will be in attendance to make a very special announcement! Lunch will be provided for the first 40 registrants. Register at

Open Access and Graduate Students

Thursday, October 25, noon-1:30 pm, Watson Library, Room 455

  • Nick Shockey, Director of Student Advocacy, SPARC

The graduate students who respond to our invitation will be served a pizza lunch, watch short video presentations introducing open access concepts and join an informal discussion with Nick Shockey, Director of Student Advocacy at SPARC, about how open access affects them as scholars.

International Impact of Open Access

Thursday, October 25, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, Watson Library, Room 455

  • Marianne Reed, Digital Information Specialist, Center for Digital Scholarship, KU Libraries, moderator
  • Townsend Peterson, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, KU
  • Marc Greenberg, Professor of Slavic Languages & Literature and Chair, Germanic Languages & Literatures, KU
  • Joy Ward, Associate Professor, Plant Physiological Ecology and Global Change, KU
  • Dr. Rezq Basheer-Salimia, Associate Professor, Plant Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebron University, Palestine
  • Luis Escobar, Ecology and Natural Resources Faculty, Andres Bello University, Chile
  • Jerry Ward, Adjunct Researcher, English, KU

This event features KU faculty and some of their international colleagues sharing their experiences with barriers to international access to scholarship and the Open Access options in their fields that can make scholarship available.

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