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Open Access: OA Week

An introduction to open access, how researchers can make their work open access, and support for open access at the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Open Access Week 2022

Open Access Week 2023: October 23-27

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.


How to Take Advantage of Virginia Tech’s Open Access Policy

Monday October 23, 2:30pm - 3:30pmRegister

Since March 2021, all Virginia Tech researchers can provide immediate open access to the accepted version of scholarly articles through the university’s repository, VTechWorks, regardless of their copyright transfer agreement. This session helps researchers understand and use the policy, including version preparation, ways to deposit, and article discovery.  Open access to peer reviewed research is vital to scholars and citizens globally, and authors benefit through greater readership, downloads, and citations.  This session is open to all faculty, staff, and students. 


Connecting the Opens: Open Access, Open Data, & Open Education Resources

Monday October 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm  |   Register

This event will feature introductions to open access, open data, and open educational resources, with time for discussion.  Featured speakers include:

  • Philip Young, Institutional Repository Manager, University Libraries
  • Jon Petters, Associate Director, Data Management & Curation Services, University Libraries
  • Anita Walz, Assistant Director for Open Education and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University Libraries


For other international 2023 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.

Institutional Repository Manager

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Philip Young
Newman Library, Room 423
560 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8845

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