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Open Access Week Events at UMD

OA Week 2021

The theme for the 2021 International Open Access Week, 25-31 October, was "It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” A list of virtual events worldwide is available at

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Past Events

This year, 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

Join us to hear a live, moderated discussion with two experts who will provide a broad overview of the many reasons why open access and open science are beneficial and ethical in scholarly communication. The panelists will also touch upon the ways that inequity affects BIPOC and women scholars throughout the scholarly communication life cycle. They will affirm the impact of "green open access" approaches and the ways in which open access models are changing to become more equitable and inclusive for members of the scholarly community.

Session #2, Local Perspectives

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

Join us to hear the second of our live, moderated discussions during Open Access week. This session will feature practical ideas with which to make a difference in the areas of equitable open access and enhanced social justice in scholarly communication. Topics include an introduction to the new equity toolkits from the Coalition on Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications, and the sharing of ideas from two UMD faculty members for individuals can enhance equity in their own research processes, their disciplines, and their scholarly societies.

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.

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