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Oct 21 2019 - 03:22pm
Celebrate Open Access Week 2019


International Open Access Week 2019 is here! Consensus among librarians and researchers seems to be that we are inching ever closer to a fully open access environment, which prompts questions concerning this year's theme "Open Access For Whom? Equity In Open Knowledge".


The 2019 Open Access Advisory Committee elaborates on the current transition to OA models:

We find ourselves at a critical moment. The decisions we make now—individually and collectively—will fundamentally shape the future for many years to come. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. Asking ourselves and our partners “open for whom?” will help ensure that considerations of equity become and remain central in this period of transition.


I've compiled a resource list around the topic of Open Access publishing, including its earliest foundational texts. Please feel free to add comments with additional resources!




Explore the following quality Open Education Resources:


  • BCcampus Open Textbooks A subset of OER, open textbooks, including those found in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection, can help improve the learning experience for students while mitigating the financial barriers keeping them from achieving their academic goals.
  • OpenStax Publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print.
  • OASIS Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 98 different sources and contains 368,237 records.
  • Mason OER Metafinder The Mason OER Metafinder helps find Open Educational Resources. Unlike other OER discovery sites (e.g, OER Commons, OASIS, MERLOT, OpenStax, etc.) with our Metafinder you aren’t searching a static database that we’ve built. Instead, the OER Metafinder launches a real-time, simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials as you hit the Search button.
  • Open Textbook Library Index of full length open textbooks of which 60% are peer reviewed.
  • Merlot Repository of teaching materials. All content is reviewed, and many include peer review.
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