Welcome to Open Access Week!

What is Open Access?

Open access is an international effort to see free and open online access to information and resources (both scholarly and otherwise). According to International Open Access Week, a publication is considered open when there are no monetary, legal, or technological barriers to access. When people can read, download, copy, distribute, print, and search within information freely, or use it for educational purposes, the information is considered open.

Why is Open Access Important?

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), a huge proponent for open access, believes that open access is important because “to further the development of knowledge, people need to have access to relevant literature. But without dissemination, knowledge remains invisible…Open Access is a powerful tool of education by reinforcing people’s information and helping their creativity”.

In addition, the open movement is about more than just reducing the cost of materials for students. Open aims to create a more equitable playing field allowing for the inclusion of diverse voices that have often been shut out of commercial publishing. Advocating for and utilizing open access is a step toward a more socially just society.

For an overview of open access watch this video from PHD Comics:

To learn more about the greater open access movement visit SPARC https://sparcopen.org/open-access/ or International Open Access Week https://www.openaccessweek.org/

Want to know more about Pennsylvania’s efforts in affordable learning? Visit Affordable Learning PA https://www.affordablelearningpa.org/

For more information about open educational resources and the Library’s Affordable Learning Implementation Grant visit https://guides.library.scranton.edu/OER

Celebrate Open Access Week! Join the Affordable Learning Discussion 10/27





The Library invites University of Scranton Faculty to join us during Open Access Week on Wednesday, October 27th, at 11:00 am on Zoom to discuss implementing Open Educational Resources (OER) and affordable learning materials in the classroom.

Discussion will include an introduction to OER, how to locate OER and other open materials within the Library’s collection and online, and suggestions for how you can replace costly textbooks and other resources with OER and/or appropriately licensed library resources. We will also discuss a new trial database, CloudSource OA, and workshop with attendees to utilize this resource that curates and aggregates open access publications and open educational resources from leading academic publishers and universities.

Librarians will also answer questions about OER and the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants (formerly the Open Educational Resources Grants), available to full-time Faculty and accepting applications until November 19th.

Click here to register for the Zoom link.