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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 2022: October 24-28

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 2022: Connecting the Opens

Monday October 24, 6:00pm - 8:00pm  |   Register

The Open Access Forum will feature a presentation by Heather Joseph on the recent OSTP memo requiring immediate access to research funded by federal agencies, followed by introductions to open access, open data, and open educational resources, with time for discussion.  Featured speakers include:

  • Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
  • Peter Potter, Director, Virginia Tech Publishing
  • Philip Young, Repository Manager, University Libraries
  • Jon Petters, Data Services, University Libraries
  • Kayla McNabb, Assistant Director, Teaching & Learning Engagement, University Libraries


How to Take Advantage of the University’s Open Access Policy

Tuesday October 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pmRegister

All Virginia Tech affiliated researchers have the right to provide open access to the accepted version of scholarly articles in the university's repository, VTechWorks, regardless of their copyright transfer agreement, as the result of a faculty-led effort approved by the Board of Visitors in spring 2021.  This session helps researchers understand and utilize the policy, including version preparation, ways to deposit (Elements, Google Form, and email), waiving the license, delaying access if desired, as well as related issues such as open licensing and repository indexing and usage.  Open access to peer reviewed research is vital to scholars in low and middle income countries, government policymakers, non-governmental organizations, taxpayers, and our own alumni.  Authors benefit through greater readership, downloads, and citations.  Open access to research helps realize Virginia Tech's global land grant mission.  This session is open to all faculty, staff, and students.


For other international 2022 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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