Tuesday, August 6, 2024 -       Events

OA 101 Session 1: OA Foundations

3pm ET / 12pm PT  ·   Open Access

Open Access (OA) is a well-established mode of distributing scholarly research that impacts academic libraries and librarians at every level. We all have a role to play in this rapidly evolving landscape. If you’re feeling unclear on foundational concepts, or want a refresher, this session is for you. We’ll cover the basics, including definitions, the development and aspirations of the OA movement, approaches, challenges, and what basic outreach might look like, as well as entry level resources for learning more. Zero previous experience is expected or required. This session is the anchor of a three-part series which also includes OA Case Studies and Emerging Issues in OA.


Tuesday, August 6th, 2024


3pm ET / 12pm PT

Open Access (OA) has emerged as a significant area of academic library work across the higher ed landscape, impacting nearly everyone in the profession. It affects management at all levels, outreach, collection development, technical services, and public services operations, as well as dedicated scholarly communication staff. Open Access is evolving so quickly that getting and maintaining a hand-hold can be challenging—particularly for folks who are gaining responsibilities related to OA for the first time.

To address this, SPARC is collaborating with the the team behind the Scholarly Communication Notebook (Josh Bolick, Maria Bonn, and Will Cross) to host a three-part series meant to provide an entry point to OA work in libraries as well as a refresher for those already doing this work. In the first session, we’ll cover foundational principles like definitions and development of OA. In the second, we’ll examine a few case studies to see how a variety of institutions implement OA services and support. Finally, we’ll dig into some of the trickier issues that have recently emerged in this contested space. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary, and all are welcome. 

These sessions are open to anyone working in libraries, and participants can register for just those sessions that are of interest. SPARC membership is NOT required, and our goal in this series is to support the wider community, particularly those at institutions with fewer resources to support OA-related work.

Recordings of each session will be made available afterward. This series is a pilot, and based on feedback from the community, SPARC may explore further work in this area.

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