Open Access Week at GVSU

Attend the Open GVSU Symposium - Monday, October 22

Join the Grand Valley State University Libraries and Student Senate as we kick off Open Access Week by celebrating Open practices at GVSU!

Faculty, staff, and students - please register in Sprout and attend the symposium to:  

  • Learn about Grand Valley Open initiatives focused on openly-licensed textbooks, paywall-free academic publishing, and greater sharing of research data.
  • Explore challenges and opportunities in Open practice through roundtable discussions.
  • Share your experiences encountering paywalled research, exploring Open Access publishing, using Open Educational Resources in a class, or dealing with expensive commercial textbooks.
  • Connect with Grand Valley's Open champions, advocates, and supporters.
  • Discover ideas for using Open Access information and Open Educational Resources to empower your learning or teaching.

An opened padlock, above the hashtag OpenGVSU, within a border of repeating text which reads: Open Access - Open Data - Open Education - Open Research

When and Where

1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Monday, October 22, 2018.  

Multipurpose Room (LIB 030)
Mary Idema Pew Library
Allendale Campus


1:30 - 2:00     Roundtable discussions with GVSU Open champions

2:00 - 3:00     Remarks and Keynote from Regina Gong

3:00 - 3:30     Roundtable discussions with GVSU Open champions

3:30 - 3:45     Announcement and closing remarks from Student Senate

Symposium Keynote: OER Champion Regina Gong

Regina Gong is the OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College (LCC) in Michigan. She has been leading and managing LCC’s OER initiative since 2015. Regina is a prominent figure in the open education community and has done numerous national presentations and webinars on OER. She is a staunch advocate of openness, equity, and access through her involvement as an executive council member of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) where she is vice-president for professional development. Regina is a member of the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) OER Steering CommitteeProgram Committee for the 2018 Open Education Conference, and an OER Research Group Fellow for 2017-2018. She also serves on the North America Library Advisory Board for Ubiquity Press, an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals and books.

Regina obtained her Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at Wayne State University and is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program at Michigan State University.

Check out the LCC OER LibGuide at, and you can follow her on Twitter @drgong.

Keynote Speaker Regina Gong

What is Open Access Week?

 International Open Access Week 2018 (October 22 - 28) 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.

Open champions, at GVSU and around the world, work to make scholarly information, data, and educational resources Open: free to access, plus permission to reuse and share in many ways.

The University Libraries and many other Open champions at GVSU support Open in order to 

  • Benefit our community and the world
  • Exchange ideas freely and fairly
  • Share research with the widest possible audience
  • Remove barriers to education
  • Inspire new ideas and discoveries
  • Find new collaborators
  • Build a sustainable future

In this video, GVSU Faculty explain why they engage in Open practices, from publishing research in Open Access journals to developing Open Educational Resources and Open Source Software projects.

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 more people to find, use, and benefit from scholarly information, and to use that information to make new discoveries, create new works, and advance human knowledge.

Open Access Explained! is a great overview of open access:  what it is, why it matters, and how it works.

Open in Action at GVSU

Here are some of the many ways that GVSU, the Libraries, and faculty, staff, and students are taking action to provide open access to research and scholarly information:


ScholarWorks@GVSU is an Open Access repository containing more than 14,000 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, as you can see from this live download map.  The items in ScholarWorks have been downloaded nearly 4 million times since 2008, and just over 1 million times since Open Access Week 2016.

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.

Journal Publishing

Through ScholarWorks, the Libraries publish a dozen active journals managed and edited by GVSU faculty.  Our peer-reviewed faculty journals include:

The Grand Valley Journal of History is a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal, produced by students in the History Department.

Support for Open Educational Resources

A brand-new task force established by Student Senate and the University Academic Senate is investigating strategies to increase the use of Open and affordable course materials in GVSU courses.  Stay tuned in Fall 2018 for surveys on student and faculty textbook perspectives, and for the task force's report in late Winter 2019.

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.

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.  

Go Open Michigan

GVSU is a proud supporter of #GoOpen Michigan, a statewide initiative to promote the use of OER in K-12 education.

Explore #GoOpen Michigan's growing collection of OER, curated by Michigan educators and aligned to Michigan curriculum standards, at

Take Action

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?.
  • Seek out Open Access versions of articles via the brand new oaDOI online search tool.
  • 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.

The Open In Order To graphic from, designed by SPARC, is used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

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