October 21-25, 2019 is Open Access Week

Although the Canadian academic library community is active in promoting open access and open scholarship all year round, CARL wishes to highlight the many activities being organized for Open Access Week 2019.

SPARC, the organization behind this annual international initiative, has identified “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” as the theme of this year’s Open Access Week. Many institutions have therefore planned activities in line with this topic.

From west to east, here are the events happening across Canada this year to highlight Open Access Week 2019:


Vancouver Island University

Tuesday, October 22, 12 to 3 p.m.
4th Wikipedia Edit-a-thon & Community of Practice Meet up


University of Victoria

Monday, October 21, 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Open access in the age of surveillance technology: Fighting for ground in the public imagination
Speaker: Dr. Erin Glass is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at UC San Diego


Simon Fraser University

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Open Science Workshop: Jupyter notebook: An Introduction to Interactive Reproducible Research
Burnaby, SFU’s Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building – Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Open Science Workshop: 10 Principles of Reproducible Research: The Hands-on R Edition
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons


Kwantlen Polytechnic University (co-hosted by Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC)

Tuesday, October 22, 12:30 pm-1 pm (check-in); 1 pm-4 pm (program)
Can we Decolonize Open? An Open Access Week Event at KPU Richmond
Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond BC; Wilson School of Design, room 4900
Registration required.

Livestreaming of the event will be possible. A link will be made available on the day of at https://www.kpu.ca/library/Open_Access.


University of Alberta

Wednesday, October 23, 12:00-3:00p.m.
University of Alberta Student Journal ‘Show & Tell’
Rutherford Library Galleria



University of Windsor

Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25
The 5 Day Scholarly Impact Challenge


Monday, October 21, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Workshop: Why ORCiD is the best frame to your scholarly profile picture
Instructor: Mita Williams
Leddy Library, Student Research Collaboratory


Western University

Tuesday, October 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Before You Sign: Know Your Academic Publishing Rights
121, Centre for Teaching & Learning, The D.B. Weldon Library

Tuesday, October 22, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Workshop: Putting Together Your Data Management Plan (DMP)
Instruction Room (Ground Floor, Map and Data Centre), The D.B. Weldon Library

Wednesday, October 23, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Academic Panel: What’s the Big Deal about Open Access?
Room 258, The D.B. Weldon Library
Panelists: Joyla Furlano, Kristin Hoffmann, Katina Pollock, Sam Trosow

Thursday, October 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Putting Together Your Data Management Plan (DMP)
Instruction Room (Ground Floor, Map and Data Centre), The D.B. Weldon Library

Thursday, October 24, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Workshop: Before You Sign: Know Your Academic Publishing Rights
121, Centre for Teaching & Learning, The D.B. Weldon Library

Friday, October 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Film Screening: Paywall the Business of Scholarship
McKellar Room, UCC


Brock University

Monday, October 21
1030am-12 pm — Open Access award presentation and movie screening
1-2 pm — Introduction to Data Science with Python. Case Study: SCI-Hub close to home
2-3 pm — Equity in Open Scholarship: enacting academia’s core values
3-4 — Accelerating Entrepreneurship with Open Access


York University

Wednesday, October 23rd, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Panel for Graduate Students: Publishing in Open Access
Scott Library Atrium
Panelists: Dr. Samantha Cutrara, Jade Crimson Rose Da Costa, Dr. Elizabeth Dauphinee, Dr. Gilberto Fernandes, Dr. Maria Constanza Guzman.
This event is free and open to the general public.


Ryerson University

Monday, October 21, 12-2 p.m.
Keynote – Open Access and Inclusive Infrastructure in Support of Epistemic Diversity and Knowledge Equity
Location: Library Collaboratory, 3rd Floor (access via 3rd Floor, LIB/SLC)
Keynote Speaker: Leslie Chan, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Monday, October 21, 2-3 p.m.
Publish Open Access without Paying Fees & Distinguish Yourself with an ORCID ID
Ryerson Library Collaboratory (access via 3rd Floor, LIB/SLC)

Tuesday, October 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Film Screening: Paywall – The Business of Scholarship
Ryerson Library Collaboratory (access via 3rd Floor, LIB/SLC)

Tuesday, October 22, 3-4 p.m.
Engage Students with Social Annotation
Ryerson Library Collaboratory (access via 3rd Floor, LIB/SLC)

As part of Open Access Week, Ryerson is also awarding the 2019 Ryerson Library Open Access Wall of Fame award to Dr. Jennifer L. Lapum.



McGill University

Monday, October 21, 13:30-14:30
Predatory Publishing: What is it and how to avoid it
Macdonald-Stewart Building, Faculty Lounge (MS2-022)

Monday, October 21, 14:30-16:30
Open Access and Open Data Workshop
McLennan Library Building, Research Commons

Wednesday, October 23, 12:00-13:15
Know your rights: What to consider before you submit to a journal and sign a copyright transfer agreement
McLennan Library Building, eClasssroom

Wednesday, October 23, 16:00-17:30
Systematic and scoping reviews for Social Sciences and Education students
(Note: this workshop is reserved for students in the Social Sciences and Education.)
McLennan Library Building, eClasssroom


Concordia University

Monday, October 21, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Proposal to publication: What authors should know about scholarly book publishing

Tuesday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Using and sharing open access content: Creative Commons licenses

Tuesday, October 22, 3 to 4 p.m.
“I paid $0 for my textbooks!” – How open educational resources make course materials affordable

Wednesday, October 23, 6-8 p.m.
Round table discussion on Wikipedia, translation, and open access

Thursday, October 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
Copyright and your thesis

Thursday, October 24, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Selecting quality open access journals for publishing your research

Friday, November 1, 10-11 a.m.
Open source hardware in research


Université de Montréal

Wednesday, October 23, 1-2:30 p.m.
Projection du documentaire Paywall : The Business of Scholarship
Bibliothèque des lettres et sciences humaines

Thursday, October 24, 12-1 p.m.
Atelier Publier en libre accès: c’est plus facile que vous ne le croyez!
Bibliothèque de la santé

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Tuesday, October 22, 12-1 p.m.
Workshop : « Comment publier en libre accès : les différentes voies possibles? »
Salle collaborative de la bibliothèque
Valérie Levasseur (librarian)

Thursday, October 24, 12-1 p.m.
Lunchtime Discussion : « Ouvert pour qui? Équité dans le Savoir Ouvert »
Location: Salle collaborative de la bibliothèque
Presented by the library and the Décanat de la recherche et de la création
Panelists: Marie-Pierre Baron, Jacinthe Dion, Sylvain Hallé, Olivier Riffon, Ali Saeidi


UQAC has also produced a short video for OA Week: https://youtu.be/59ENlt0XswA


Dalhousie University

Friday, October 18, 12–1 p.m. – Creative Commons: What, Where, Why, & How? (webinar)
Sunday, October 20, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. – Open Science Workshop
Friday, October 25, 1–3 p.m. – Open Educational Resources: Availability, Adaptability, and Affordability
Friday, November 8, 12–1 p.m. – Predatory (Deceptive) Publishers (webinar)
Friday, November 15, 12–1 p.m. – Introduction to OER (webinar)



Memorial University of Newfoundland

Tuesday, October 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Open Access and Scholarly Publishing
IIC 2014 – Beatrice Watts Boardroom

Wednesday, October 23, 10-11 a.m.
Coffee Break: Open Access
ED 1001

Wednesday, October 23, 12-1 p.m.
Open Access: What You Should Know
Health Sciences Centre Medical School Room 1M114