Open Access Week 2020

Posted on: October 15, 2020

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You’ve probably noticed that open source software, open licensing, and open educational resources are increasingly popular across the globe, leading to advances in information sharing, learning, and research. Open access has the potential to create more equitable and inclusive societies, and that’s something to celebrate!

Celebrate with us!

This week is the global celebration of Open Access Week. The theme this year is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.” Open access can facilitate more inclusive readership, but can also reinforce existing structural inequities in the scholarly landscape. As a global community, we need to understand that the systems of the present are often built upon historic injustices of the past. It is critical that we address these inequities so that we can move forward.  

Join the movement!

  • Check our calendar of events to see what is happening around the country to celebrate OA Week, such as “Building equity in education with open education resources” from Cornell University on October 22
  • Consider using open textbooks or other open educational resources in your courses.
  • You can also learn about how we are working hard to provide open educational resources to faculty and students and promote open access at JMU and beyond.

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