Get ready for Open Access Week!

The semester has started. Labor Day has passed. And October is right around the corner. Are you ready for Open Access Week 2016?

Open Access Week is a yearly advocacy event near and dear to every Scholarly Communications Librarian’s heart. It is a dedicated, internationally-coordinated time where we can engage with our faculty and students about all things open access. But falling at the end of October, this event can be a challenge. By that time in the semester, our faculty and students are in the full swing of mid-terms, class projects, and research.

Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help you plan a successful Open Access Week at your institution.

Consider the theme

This year the theme for Open Access Week is “Open in Action”. Participants and stakeholders are encouraged to take concrete steps in support of making research more openly available. This could mean hosting a “deposit-a-thon” in your library, asking students and faculty to deposit a pre-print in your institutional repository. It could also mean a series of blog posts interviewing the open access stakeholders at your campus about their experience with open access in action.

Every campus is different and every community engages differently with this topic. Think about what type of events work best at your campus and consider how this year’s theme might fit.

Leverage the International Community

Still lost for ideas? The Open Access Week website is here to help! SPARC has developed the http://www.openaccessweek.org/ website to provide opportunities for community engagement. On the site, Open Access Week coordinators from around the globe can share their previous successes, challenges, and ideas to help others create effective events.  The site also offers a plethora of resources and media, including photos, videos, and Creative Commons Licensed downloadable media to help you market events on your campus.

Don’t forget about ASERL

Last September, ASERL hosted a great webinar on “Tips & Tricks for Successful Open Access Week Programming”. Presenters from six ASERL member libraries provided insights into what has and has not worked at their respective campuses over the years. As you get ready for this year’s Open Access Week, don’t forget to check out what your ASERL peers recommend — both the good, and the not-so-good!

Share your thoughts with us!

Once you’ve considered what may work at your institution, let us know what you’re thinking!
Or if you’re still testing out ideas, feel free to test them out with us! Email your questions, concerns, or ideas to the Scholarly Communications Interest Group at aserlscholcomm@aserl-lists.org.