Join us for Open Access Month 2021!

October 22, 2021

A global event now in its 14th year, promoting Open Access as the new default in scholarship and research.

International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research.

"Harvard Library is investing in open-access infrastructure and services that support equitable, sustainable models for scholarly communication and open knowledge. This year, the library will hold Open Access Month to optimize community engagement, encourage taking action to make openness the default for research, and to ensure that equity is at the center of this work. The month will feature a variety of live virtual events, talks, workshops, and asynchronous weekly blog posts on various open access topics and perspectives from members of the open community.  
It is less than a quarter of a century since the open access movement began, but its steady progress promises systemic change in our oldest institutions. Here at Harvard Library, we’ve been focused on three areas to support the cultural change required to ensure that research results of all kinds are shared as equitably, as rapidly, and with as few barriers as possible: influencing policy, delivering services, and developing infrastructure.  
One of our current key priorities is modernizing our repository infrastructure, as participants in a global repository network that is critical for open scholarship. We are engaged in multiple efforts, both across Harvard and in collaboration with international partners, to connect content in various digital repositories, enhance support for scholarly workflows, and broaden access to scholarship worldwide."

— Martha Whitehead 
Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian 
and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

Read Martha Whitehead’s full statement

Please join us online for Open Access Month at Harvard Library
October 25 – November 19

Fianl update 2021-11-18

Week 1: October 25 - 29

Blog Post: Welcome to In Practice: Interviews with Practitioners of Open

Blog Post: An Interview with Harrison Inefuku (Iowa State University Digital Press)

Part of the weekly blog post series "In Practice: Interviews with Practitioners of Open"


Tuesday, October 26th 11:00 am | Keynote

Keynote: Richard Sever, Assistant Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Co-Founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv
Title: The bioRxiv & medRxiv Preprint Servers: communicating at the speed of science

Description: Please join us for our inaugural session during Open Access Week 2021 as the Harvard Library welcomes Richard Sever, Assistant Director Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press & Co-founder of the preprint servers bioRxiv and medRxiv. Dr. Sever will share his observations and reflections on the exponential growth and impact that preprints have had on advancing scientific communication during this unprecedented time.


Tuesday, October 26th 12:00 pm | Workshop

Title: Tips and Tricks for Power Users
Already a user? Sign up for this webinar if you want to learn more about the advanced features and functionality offered in This workshop is aimed at current users, however it is open and free to all.


Wednesday, October 27th 12:00 pm | Info Session

Title: Advancing Open Knowledge Information Session
Interested in learning more about the Harvard Library Advancing Open Knowledge Grants Program? Join us for a virtual information session designed to spark creativity and encourage collaboration. During the session, grant administrators Colleen Cressman, Claire DeMarco and Jehan Sinclair will share the selection criteria and review the application process. Ron Lacey (AOK awardee ‘21) will discuss his experience with the grant process and share progress on his project to enhance accessibility of library materials. Open to all Harvard Library staff. For details, see the HL Staff Portal.


Week 2: November 1 - 5

Blog Post: An Interview with Colleen Lyon (University of Texas at Austin)

Blog Post: An Interview with Francesco Maggi & Enrico Valdinoci (Ars Inveniendi Analytica)

Part of the weekly blog post series "In Practice: Interviews with Practitioners of Open"


Tuesday, November 2nd at 11:00 am | Brown Bag Session

Title: Open Educational Resources: A Focus on MOOCs During the Pandemic
Description: Interested in learning about Open Educational Resources and their growth during the pandemic? Join us for a Brown Bag session about a Harvard Library Work Share Program to analyze the success of Countway Library’s open online Canvas Network course on Data Management. Kai Fay and Julie Goldman will share their experience with the work share program, discuss the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on student enrollment and engagement, and review lessons learned that can be applied to other MOOCs and similar online courses. Read thier OSF report and view their presentation slides


Week 3: November 8 - 12

Blog Post: An Interview with Apurva Ashok (Rebus Foundation)

Blog Post: An Interview with Edouard Mathieu (Our World in Data)

Part of the weekly blog post series "In Practice: Interviews with Practitioners of Open"


Monday, November 8th 12:00 pm | Workshop

Title: DASH A-Z: What you need to know to deposit your scholarship in Harvard's institutional repository
This lunchtime session will introduce Harvard’s open-access institutional repository (DASH), its services, and benefits. If you’ve never deposited your scholarship to DASH, this workshop will show you how to get started. If you are a regular depositor to DASH, we encourage your attendance to share your experiences or to ask questions. 


Week 4: November 15 - 19

Blog Post:

Blog Post: In Practice: An Interview with Amy Nurnberger (MIT Libraries)

Part of the weekly blog post series "In Practice: Interviews with Practitioners of Open"


Thursday, November 18th at 1:00 pm | Workshop

Title: Open Access as a Game Changer for Digital Scholarship
Description: Come hear practicing digital scholarship librarians, Carol Chiodo and Hugh Truslow talk about the transformative impact that Open Access, Open Data, and Open Software have had on digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.