Reflections on Open Access Week 2017

Thanks to all who helped us acknowledge and celebrate Open Access Week 2017 (October 23rd-27th) at Dartmouth!  Open Access Week is an international and annual opportunity for everyone on campus to learn about, think about, and talk about how important openly available information is to research and learning.  This year’s kick-off event was the opening reception for an exhibit titled Dimensions of Open, which will be on display in Baker Library’s Main Hall through January 26th, 2018. This is an exhibit curated by the Open Dartmouth Working Group and inspired by the efforts of Dartmouth authors, creators, artists, and inventors to make the results of their work openly and publicly available, and it reveals the complex issues surrounding open information through six dimensions: global, political, financial, workforce, technological, and future.

We also announced the launch of the Dartmouth Digital Commons, which is where you will find the Open Dartmouth: Faculty Open Access article collection.  This new online resource is open to the world and is our vehicle for implementing the Dartmouth Faculty Open Access Policy, allowing us to showcase the research and scholarship of Dartmouth faculty far and wide.

Workshops during Open Access Week offered members across the Dartmouth community opportunities to learn about how to make course materials openly available in Canvas (Dartmouth’s course management software), what to consider when sharing work openly online, and how to manage your professional identity online.

If you missed Open Access Week 2017, don’t fret.  There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to engage on topics of opening access to scholarly and creative work, including periodic offerings of the workshops mentioned above.  If  you are seeking national engagement on this topic, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has taken this year’s Open Access week theme,”Open in Order to…”, and extended its life through the microsite,, which allows users to continuously share their ideas of why open access is important to them.  In the meantime, plans for Open Access Week 2018 are already underway, and we hope you can join us then.

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