International Open Access Week is a global event held to celebrate and promote the benefits of Open Access. It helps to raise awareness of what Open Access means, why it is important and how to engage with it. The first Open Access Week (originally just "Open Access Day") was held in 2007 in the USA and organised by SPARC. Since then, it has grown to be an entire week that is celebrated across the world. More information about the history and mission of Open Access Week is available from the SPARC and Open Access Week websites.
The next Open Access Week is due to happen during the week of Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th October 2018. The official theme of this year's event is "Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge", which aims to address barriers to engagement in Open Access, potential inequalities that might be made worse in an entirely "open" environment, and various communities and individuals that may be adversely impacted by a drive towards Open Access without due consideration of their needs.
RGU library staff are planning a variety of things to help promote Open Access Week 2018. The final details will be made available here when they are known:
Workshops and Pop-Up Stand