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Open Access at SCU Library

This page provides a snapshot of Open Access initiatives supported by the University Library.

International Open Access Week 2021

International Open Access Week is a week-long, international event in which the academic and research communities come together to discuss, increases awareness of, and encourage engagement with open access. This year's theme is "It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity." Here's some information on this theme from the Open Access Week team:

"This year’s theme intentionally aligns with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which Open Access is a crucial component. Circulated in draft form following discussion by representatives of UNESCO’s 193 member countries, the Recommendation powerfully articulates and centers the importance of equity in pursuing a future for scholarship that is open by default.

Open Science should embrace a diversity of knowledge, practices, workflows, languages, research outputs and research topics that support the needs and epistemic pluralism of the scientific community as a whole, diverse research communities and scholars, as well as the wider public and knowledge holders beyond the traditional scientific community, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and social actors from different countries and regions, as appropriate. (UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, Page 7)

As the first global standard-setting framework on Open Science, the UNESCO Recommendation will provide an important guide for governments around the world as they move from aspiration to the implementation of open research practices. This year’s theme of “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” highlights the Recommendation’s call for equitable participation for all producers and consumers of knowledge.

Open Science should play a significant role in ensuring equity among researchers from developed and developing countries, enabling fair and reciprocal sharing of scientific inputs and outputs and equal access to scientific knowledge to both producers and consumers of knowledge regardless of location, nationality, race, age, gender, income, socio-economic circumstances, career stage, discipline, language, religion, disability, ethnicity or migratory status or any other grounds. (UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, Page 7)"

Open Access 2021 Presentations

Santa Clara University Library joins many other institutions across the world in championing open access. Per, "International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussions and actions that need to be continued, year in and year out.”

OA Week Events

Transformative Agreements and Open Data 

Read & Publish, and Other Transformative Agreements

Speaker: Kalvin Van Gaasbeck 

What the Heck is Open Data and What Can I Do with It?

Speaker: Andrew Carlos 

Monday, October 25, 2-3 p.m.

Zoom Registration


Transforming Student Learning through Open Access

‘Learn’ and ‘Teach’ International Business: Understanding Our World

Speakers: Dr. Long Le and Emma Pigott 

You Mean the Whole World Can Read My Paper? Showcasing Student Work

in Open Access  

Speakers: Dr. Jackie Hendricks and Leanna Goodwater 

Tuesday, October 26, 2-3 p.m.

Zoom Registration

Past Events

SCU Open Access Week 2020

The 2020 International Open Access Week theme was “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” We asked for work that spoke to:

  • how open access and/or open data creates a more just and equitable world
  • how you’ve integrated open educational resources (OER) into your classes and the impact it has had on your students
  • barriers to open access (i.e. when is making something “open” not enough?)
  • any other work that speaks to the them

The following presentations were held:

Co-creating an Open-Source Law School Casebook as a Path to Inclusive Pedagogy
Speakers: Michelle Oberman, David Ball, Christina Iriart (2L), Nathaniel Perez (2L), and Phillip Yin (2L)
Moderator: Lev Rickards

The system of scholarly communication through the lens of Jesuit values
Speakers: Shannon Kealey and Lev Rickards
Moderator: Anna Yang

Community-Engaged Research for Environmental Justice: A Multi-Authored Open Access Book from UC Press-Luminos
Speaker: Chad Raphael
Moderator: Summer Shetenhelm

Opening the Canon: Anthologizing Women’s Writing Online
Speakers: Amy Lueck, Catherine Cunha ’23, Mac Mann-Wood ’21, and Jessica Joudy ’21
Moderator: Summer Shetenhelm