The University of New Mexico is thrilled to be participating in International Open Access Week (October 24 – 30). International Open Access week celebrates the benefits of free, immediate, online access to scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use materials as needed. A collaborative team consisting of the Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, Law Library, and University Libraries has planned a week of speakers and workshops bringing awareness to open access and this year’s theme of climate justice. Please see https://oer.unm.edu/events.html for a full list of webinars and events.
Open Access is the free, immediate, and online publication of research articles that are openly licensed and digitally accessible. At its core, Open Access publishing is a social justice issue that aims to make research more accessible to the greater public. Open Access scholarly publishing is related to Open Educational Resources (OER) in that they share similar licensing and ideology. OER materials provide students and teachers with free access to educational materials. OERs can significantly reduce costs students spend on textbooks and other course materials. The UNM OER Initiative seeks to lower college costs for UNM students by encouraging and supporting UNM faculty with resources to adopt quality open materials in their courses.
International Open Access Week calls for Open Access advocates to engage with their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of Open Access and to share what they’ve learned with colleagues. UNM will participate in this event by disseminating information on global events and illustrating to the local community how Open Access materials positively impact climate justice.