UNT Libraries kicks off Open Access Week with 'What's Brewing at UNT'

This week, UNT Libraries celebrates the 2016 International Open Access Week. The term "open access" refers to free, immediate, online access to scholarship and other published research.

As part of Open Access Week, UNT Libraries invites UNT community members to consider how they can make their work more accessible to a larger audience.

To kick off celebrations, UNT Libraries partnered with CLEAR to host "What's Brewing at UNT," a showcase of open educational resources alongside a library-sponsored happy hour for UNT instructors.

Open educational resources, which are released under an open license that permits free use and repurposing, are becoming increasingly prominent in higher education as they can be used to create a more collaborative classroom and help lower educational costs for students.

The "What's Brewing at UNT" event kicked off with presentations from Nicole Finkbeiner from Open Stax, a successful open textbook authoring platform developed by Rice University, and Kris Helge, the director of library services at Tarrant County College’s Northwest Campus. 

Afterward, attendees answered trivia questions for prizes provided by The Bearded Monk, a local pub, and librarians demonstrated resources available through UNT Libraries for instructors to integrate into the classroom.

You can find additional information and resources through UNT Libraries' Open Educational Resources LibGuide. UNT Libraries will hold a workshop on open textbooks with the Open Textbook Network on Feb. 9, 2017.

You also can participate throughout the week by indicating your commitment to open access through the Open Access Action Portal.  Suggested actions include depositing at least one of your articles into your institutional repository, the UNT Scholarly Works collection; using the SPARC author addendum to keep your copyright for your next publication; or publishing within open-access journals throughout the year.

UNT Libraries' Office of Scholarly Communication is available to answer questions about open access scholarship, copyright and publishing. You can contact the office for a consultation on how to implement open access throughout the research lifecycle.