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A recap of Open Access Week 2018 at SFU Library

Published by Kate Shuttleworth

Every year, SFU Library participates in Open Access Week to raise awareness of open scholarship and celebrate the work that the SFU community is doing to make knowledge public.

Take a look back at some of the activities we held in the Library for OA Week 2018, centred around the theme of Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (movie screening)

Several curious movie-watchers gathered in a library classroom to enjoy some free popcorn and a screening of the recently-released documentary film: Paywell: The Business of Scholarship.

The film 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. 

We followed up the film with a brief discussion on the film, open access in general, and the ways that the library can support researchers in making their work open access, such as through the Open Access Policy, our institutional repository, Summit, and the Central Open Access Fund.

popcorn machine

librarian standing by popcorn machine

Open Access posters and table displays

Visitors to the Bennett Library at SFU Burnaby were greeted by our Open Access Week poster display offering an array of information about open access and open education, including how much journal subscriptions cost, and how much money students are saving with open textbooks.

The Belzberg Library in Vancouver and the Fraser Library in Surrey also displayed books, handouts, and magnets on the OA Week table displays.

posters featuring benefits of open accessdisplay of books on open access

Open but not Free: Invisible Labour in Open Scholarship

This Open Access Week panel event was co-hosted by BCcampus, SFU, BCIT, KPU, Langara, UFV and UBC and the BC Open Education Librarians (BCOEL).

Facilitated by Bronwen Sprout, Head, Digital Programs and Services at UBC Library, the panel presented a lively discussion about the impact of invisible labour in open scholarship, and the ways that current reward and incentive structures contribute to issues of sustainability in open scholarship. 

Read a reflection of the Open but not Free event by Kim O'Donnell, and watch the event recording available in UBC's Digital Repository, cIRcle.

Many thanks to our panelists, Melissa Ashman (KPU), Sanjaya Mishra (Commonwealth of Learning), Carol Munoz Nieves (SFU), and Juliet O’Brien (UBC) for their insightful contributes to this important conversation.

panel members at open access event

Ongoing activities beyond OA Week

Want to stay involved with open access now that OA Week is complete? Check out the other ways to be part of the discussion around open access.