International Open Access Week, an annual series of events taking place the last week of October, is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. The theme for 2018 was “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.” The Penn Libraries hosted a small slate of celebratory events and activities, including posting a series of blogposts on topics related to OA.

Schedule for Open Access Week 2018

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Tuesday, October 23rd
1:00 PM

Publishing and Scholarly Practice at Penn: Key Takeaways from the Penn Libraries’ Scholarly Communications and Research Infrastructure Project (SCRIP)

Sarah Wipperman, University of Pennsylvania
Manuel de la Cruz Gutierrez, University of Pennsylvania
John Mark Ockerbloom, University of Pennsylvania
Hannah Bennett, University of Pennsylvania
Kenny Whitebloom, University of Pennsylvania

Class of 1955 Conf. Room, 2nd Floor, VPDLC

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Over the past 11 months, the Penn Libraries Scholarly Communications and Research Infrastructure Project (SCRIP) task force has been learning about the ways scholarship is created, disseminated, and reused - as we rethink the services and research infrastructure the Libraries provides. The Libraries distributed a survey that was taken by 450 people and conducted more than 30 in-depth interviews with Penn faculty, staff, and graduate students, asking how they create, share, and reuse scholarly works. Come learn about the key takeaways from this fascinating project.

Thursday, October 25th
3:30 PM

"Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" Film Screening

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Class of 1955 Conf. Room, 2nd Floor, VPDLC

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. Come view the film and join us for an optional discussion following.