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Open Access Week Events at UMD


Past Events

For the 2021 Open Access Week at UMD, all students, faculty, staff, and community members were invited to participate in two virtual sessions on structural equity and open access in research and scholarly publishing. These events were sponsored by UMD PACT and the UMD Libraries.

Session #1, Global Perspectives

Breaking Down Paywalls and Building Up Equity: Open Access, Open Science, and Connections to Inclusive Knowledge


  • Ms. Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, PLOS
  • Dr. Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries, MIT, and Co-Founder of the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS


  • Ms. Mihoko Hosoi, Associate Dean, Collections, Research, and Scholarly Communications, Pennsylvania State University.  

Session #2, Local Perspectives

Answering the Call: Steps We Can Take to Make Research and Scholarly Communications More Equitable and Open


  • Ms. Jocelyn Dawson, co-leader of Toolkits for Equity from the Coalition on Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications, and the Journals Marketing Manager at Duke University Press.
  • Dr. Michael Dougherty, Chair and Professor, Department of Psychology, UMD College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. 
  • Dr. Patricia Alexander, Distinguished University Professor and the Jean Mullan Professor of Literacy, Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, UMD College of Education.


  • Mark Puente, Associate Dean of Organizational Development, Diversity, and Inclusion, Purdue University


Ongoing Events

We also periodically offer workshops on Author Rights or Copyright. If you are interested in hosting a session for your department or unit, please contact Terry Owen, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at or 301-314-1328.

Author Rights Sessions

If you want to learn more about your basic rights as an author, publisher policies for posting on the web, author options and tools for retaining rights, and additional options such as publishing in open access journals, then plan to attend one of our sessions on Author Rights

Copyright and Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Do you plan to include third-party materials in your thesis or dissertation?  If so, do you need to request permission from the copyright holder or does it fall under the Fair Use exemption of the Copyright Law?  This session covers best practices and useful strategies to help make that determination, as well as how to protect the copyright of your own research.