Open Access Week at Grand Valley State University
Open with Purpose at GVSU
The Grand Valley State University Libraries are celebrating International Open Access Week, October 19 - 25, focusing on the theme of Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion. Open Access publishing is not just an opportunity to make more information available to more people than ever before - it's also an opportunity to reimagine the ways we create and share knowledge, to shape a more equitable, inclusive scholarly community.
Each day this week we will be profiling open access collections and library publishing services here at Grand Valley State University, focusing on how they foster equity and inclusion. Check out our daily blog posts below!
What is Open Access Week?
International Open Access Week 2020, October 19 - 25, is a global event promoting access to knowledge, highlighting Open activities, and promoting actions that will help make more scholarly and educational materials freely available to teachers, learners, researchers, and the public.
To learn more visit the International Open Access Week website.
As part of the Open Access Week events, University Libraries conducted a short poll asking students about the cost of textbooks for the Fall 2019 semester.
A total for 412 students responded and a snapshot of their responses are below.
$330 is the average cost GVSU students spent on textbooks for the Fall 2019 semester
78% of GVSU students said they skipped buying or renting a textbook due to high costs
95% of GVSU students who skipped buying a textbook were concerned about their grades in the course
56% of GVSU students would buy groceries or healthier food if they didn't have to spend money on textbooks
Open Access Explained
Open Access refers to:
- scholarly work - articles, books, research data, multimedia, etc.
- which is freely available online
- which often has few or no restrictions on reuse
By removing financial and legal barriers, Open Access enables teachers, scholars, and learners to find academic information and to use that information to make new discoveries, create new works, and advance human knowledge.
The concepts of Open Educational Resources, Open Data, Open Source Software, and Open Research Practices share this core idea that Open means "free to use + permission to modify, share, or reuse," and allows more people to benefit from more information than ever before.
Open in Action at GVSU
ScholarWorks@GVSU is an Open Access repository containing scholarly and creative works from the GVSU community. ScholarWorks provides a platform for departments to showcase exceptional student work, for faculty to share papers, research data, or other scholarly work, and for GVSU scholars to publish Open Access journals and textbooks.
ScholarWorks content reaches readers all over the world. The items in ScholarWorks have been downloaded millions of times since 2008.
In this video, GVSU Faculty explain why they engage in Open practices.
Open Access Publishing
OA Publishing Grants
The Libraries' Open Access Publishing Support Fund helps GVSU faculty make their work Open Access, by covering the publication fees charged by some journals.
In 2016, this fund enabled publication of 18 articles by 19 authors.
A list of funded articles can be found in ScholarWorks, and more information on the fund is available on the Libraries' website.
Through ScholarWorks, the Libraries publish a dozen active journals managed and edited by GVSU faculty. Our peer-reviewed faculty journals include:
- Michigan Journal of Public Health
- Online Readings in Psychology & Culture
- Journal of Tourism Insights
- Language Arts Journal of Michigan (articles are Open Access after 2 years)
- The Foundation Review (articles are Open Access after 2 years)
The Grand Valley Journal of History is a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal, produced by students in the History Department.
Support for Open Educational Resources
The OER Initiative is a cross-University collaboration which brings together services and resources to support faculty exploring, adopting, or creating OER. Together, the University Libraries, Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, Information Technology, and the Laker Store offer workshops and training sessions, consultations, grant funding, and other resources - like the Libraries' OER Guide, which is a great starting place for finding high-quality Open textbooks and course materials.
In the 2018-2019 academic year, a Student Senate and University Academic Senate task force investigated opportunities to increase the use of Open and affordable course materials in GVSU courses. You can read the task force's recommendations as well as an environmental scan of Open/Affordable initiatives at other universities in ScholarWorks@GVSU.
The Libraries publish a growing collection of faculty-created OER in ScholarWorks@GVSU, including Teaching Tools for instructors and Open Textbooks on topics in Mathematics, English, Writing, Engineering, Ecology, and Anthropology. Other GVSU OER include the Mathematics Department's YouTube channel (nearly 2 million views from all over the world) and a business arbitration website and app with case studies and educational information.
Interested in learning more about Open Access? Inspired to take action to help open up access to research and scholarly information, in your own work, your discipline, or across academia and society? Here are some great places to get started:
- Have a conversation with your department's liaison librarian about open access publishing and open educational resources in your discipline, or ask how you can retain your rights as an academic author when you publish research.
- Read the Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber, or his more detailed Overview.
- Visit the SPARC website for detailed information about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, from one of the Open movement's leading organizations.
- Explore stories of impact shared by people who have benefited from scholarship found in Harvard's Open Access repository.
- Explore the Open Textbook Library and OER Commons to find openly-licensed learning materials.
- If you are a student, check out the Right to Research Coalition, which advocates for access to research for all students.
- If you are a researcher, explore the question Why Open Research?.
- Install the Open Access Button browser extension to encourage scholars to share open versions of their work whenever you run into a paywall.
- Visit the Open Access Week Action Portal for specific commitments you can make to support Open Access.