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Open Access: OA Week

This guide introduces open access, describes how researchers can make their work open access, and describes support for open access publishing provided by the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Open Access Week 2020

Open Access Week 2020

Since 2012, Virginia Tech's University Libraries have explored open access with talks, panel discussions, and workshops to help faculty and students understand open access and the support for it that the library provides.  Please join us!

All of our events this year will be hosted via Zoom. Please find registration information for each event below.

Open Access Forum 2020: "Connecting the Opens: Open Access, Open Educational Resources, and Open Data"

Monday October 19, 6:00pm - 8:00pm  |  Watch the recording!

The Open Access Week kickoff event will feature a brief introduction to open access and its benefits and controversies, followed by a discussion with diverse panelists and the audience.  Featured panelists include:

  • Jonathan Briganti, DataBridge Manager
  • Karen DePauw, Dean, Graduate School
  • Kayla McNabb, Head, Instructional Content & Design, University Libraries
  • Rachel Miles, Research Impact Librarian, University Libraries
  • Derek Mueller, Associate Professor of English
  • Siddartha Roy, Postdoctoral Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Venkat "Sri" Sridhar, Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering


Open Access Week Keynote: “Counting what counts in recruitment, promotion and tenure.” 

Tuesday October 20, 10:00am - 11:30am | Watch the recording!

Elizabeth Gadd, Loughborough University, UK

What we reward through recruitment, promotion and tenure processes is not always what we actually value about research activity. This talk will explore how we can pursue value-led evaluations - and how we can persuade senior leaders of their benefits.

profile picture of Elizabeth GaddElizabeth (Lizzie) Gadd is a scholarly communications specialist working as a Research Policy Manager (Publications) at Loughborough University, UK. She chairs the INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group, the ARMA Research Evaluation SIG and the LIS-Bibliometrics Forum. She founded The Bibliomagician Blog & was the recipient of the 2020 INORMS Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership.

She has spent most of her career in libraries and doing research into the rights issues relating to the scholarly activities of UK HE. These include the Jisc-funded ACORN, Rights & Rewards, and RoMEO Projects, the latter of which gave rise to the RoMEO service. She has a PhD on the impact of copyright ownership on scholarly communication and blogs regularly on responsible research evaluation, copyright and open access issues. Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

The Keynote will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the following panelists:

  • Thomas Ewing, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and Professor of History
  • Carla Finkielstein, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Bikrum Gill, Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Sylvester Johnson, Professor and Director of the Center for Humanities
  • Moderator: Tyler Walters, Dean, University Libraries


2020 TOME Stakeholder Meeting

Thursday October 22, 10:00am - 3:00pm 

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) is hosting their annual stakeholder meeting during Open Access Week. TOME brings together scholars, universities, libraries, and presses in pursuit of a common goal—a sustainable open monograph ecosystem. TOME launched in 2018 as a five-year pilot initiative of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of University Presses (AUPresses). The stakeholder meeting will review TOME’s progress to date and to chart a path forward. The day will feature three main sessions:

  1. Authors’ perspectives (roundtable of OA book authors)
  2. Where are we now and what have we learned?
  3. Where do we go from here?

Author Perspectives (10:00–11:30 a.m. EDT): Roundtable featuring faculty authors sharing their experiences with open access and their thoughts on the future of OA monographs in their disciplines.

Where Are We Now? (1:00–3:00 p.m. EDT): This session will include a progress report on TOME along with reports from other related initiatives, including the Pilot Data Trust for Open Access eBook Usage (OAeBU), Project MUSE, and more.


SCHEV-OVAC Webinar: "Open Education: Student Success and Faculty Autonomy."

Friday October 23, 11:00am - 12:00pm | Watch the recording!

The 2020-2021 Open Education: Student Success and Faculty Autonomy webinar series hosted by SCHEV-OVAC provides a space for learning and sharing to spark innovation and expand open education in Virginia. The virtual conversations will consist of short lightning talks, which will allow institutions to share their open education efforts and learn from similar efforts happening around Virginia.


For other international 2020 Open Access Week events, see 


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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