October 19-23, 2020 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 2020.

SPARC, the organization behind this annual international initiative, has identified the important topic of ‘Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion‘ as the theme of this year’s Open Access Week. Several institutions have therefore planned activities in line with this topic.

Here at CARL, we are leading a crowdsourcing project throughout OA Week to collect key information about Canadian journals that are either missing or whose records are incomplete in the Sherpa RoMEO tool in order to make it easier for researchers in Canada and beyond to find Canadian scholarly publication venues using this tool.

From west to east, here are the events happening across Canada this year to highlight Open Access Week 2020 (note that event details have not been translated when these were only available in French). If you’d like to have your event(s) added to this list, please contact Lise Brin at :


University of British Columbia

UBC Vancouver Library, UBC Okanagan Library, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology (Vancouver), and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (Okanagan) have planned a week of sessions on various topics related to open access to research and education:

  • Open Access Keynote: The Impact of Open Access at UBC Library (October 19, 10 – 11:30 a.m. PT)
  • Open Education Faculty Showcase (October 20, 10-11 a.m. PT)
  • Open Access in Action: Tales from Five Institutions (October 21, 1 – 2 p.m. PT)
  • Copyright, Creative Commons, and Open Licenses (October 21, 2 – 3 p.m. PT)
  • Finding, Using, and Adapting Open Resources For Your Courses (October 22, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT)
  • Building a Foundation: Open Research Data as a Pillar of Open Science (October 22, 2 – 3 p.m. PT)
  • Open Access to the Student Voice (October 22, 2 – 3 p.m. PT)
  • 2020 Virtual Learning Analytics Hackathon (October 24, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT)

More details available here: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/calendar/vancouver/?cid=7544&t=g&d=0000-00-00&cal=7544&ct=34317&inc=0


University of Calgary

  • How to Make Your Work Open Access Without Breaking the Bank (Monday, October 19, 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. MT)

More details are available here: https://workrooms.ucalgary.ca/event/3585211


McMaster University

The library is offering four online events. All are synchronous and will be recorded.

  • Leveraging the Power of Open: Finding and Using Open Educational Resources for your Teaching and Learning (Monday, October 19, 11 am – 12 p.m. ET)
  • Increasing Equity and Inclusion through Small Course Design Changes using Open Education Methods (Monday, October 19, 2 pm – 3 pm ET)
  • Teaching in the Open: McMaster OER Grant Updates (Thursday, October 22, 10:30 am – 11:30 am ET)
  • Creating and Using Open Interactive Content with H5P (Friday, October 23, 11 am – 12 p.m. ET)

Please see the McMaster University Library web page for more details:

Brock University

  • Introduction to Open Access and Brock’s New Open Access Policy (Tuesday, October 20, 1 – 2 p.m. ET)

More information available here: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/event/164758

University of Toronto

University of Toronto Libraries is offering a series of events collaboratively organized by the three U of T campuses:

York University

York will be presenting the following webinar:

  • Perspectives on Openness: Honouring Indigenous Ways of Knowing (October 20, 1:00 PM ET)

More information: https://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2020/10/13/libraries-hosts-panel-discussion-on-honouring-indigenous-ways-of-knowing/

Ryerson University

  • The Role of Open Access and Social Media in Knowledge Mobilization and Discovery talk by Open Access Library Wall of Fame 2020 Award Winner Anatoliy Grudz (October 19, 1 – 2 p.m. ET)
  • Mountains to Climb: Open Access and academic libraries in 2020 and Beyond talk by Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D. is Dean of the Wayne State University Library (October 22, 2-3 p.m. ET)

More details available here: https://library.ryerson.ca/blog/2020/10/the-time-for-open-access-is-now-open-access-week-2020/

University of Ottawa

The uOttawa Library will be marking this year’s theme, “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion,” with an online awareness campaign inviting members of the uOttawa community and beyond to help build equitable foundations for open knowledge. Follow the Library on Twitter and check out their website for suggested readings videos & podcasts!

The University of Ottawa has developed an complete and in-depth program of daily activities for anyone interested in learning about Open Access (or furthering their  involvement) on the following themes:

  • DAY 1 – Learn more about open access
  • DAY 2 – Explore questions of inclusion and diversity in Open Access and publishing
  • DAY 3 – Explore questions of inclusion and diversity in Open Access and publishing
  • DAY 4 – Access begins with accessibility
  • DAY 5 – Equity & inclusion in the research enterprise

Full details available here: https://scholarlycommunication.uottawa.ca/open-access-week


Université de Montréal

  • Webinar: Publier en libre accès: c’est plus facile que vous ne le croyez! (Thursday, October 22, 12-1:30 p.m. ET)

Details available at: https://bib.umontreal.ca/formations/formation?no=8581

McGill University

McGill University’ library is offering an impressive selection of sessions:

  • Know your rights: What to consider before you submit to a journal and sign a copyright transfer agreement (Monday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Making Your Data Open Access (Tuesday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. ET)
  • Making your work open access (psst: it doesn’t have to cost money) (Tuesday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Open Data: What It Is and Where to Find It (Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. ET)
  • Predatory publishing: What is it and how to avoid it (Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Introduction to Open Education Resources (OERs) at McGill University (Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 p.m. ET)
  • ORCID iD 101 (Thursday, October 22, 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Copyright for GitHub (Online Workshop) (Friday, October 23, 10:00 a.m. ET)
  • Introduction to the Open Science Framework (Friday, October 23, 12:00 p.m. ET)

Full schedule available here: https://libraryguides.mcgill.ca/c.php?g=518294&p=5140500

Announcement: https://www.mcgill.ca/library/channels/event/open-access-week-mcgill-324813

Concordia University

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Open Access Week program at Concordia is limited to graduate students through GradProSkills.:

  • Using and sharing open access content: Creative Commons licences (Thursday, October 22, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. ET)
  • Open Educational Resources: Making course materials affordable and accessible (Tuesday, October 20, 12-1 p.m. ET)
  • Accessing Open Data (Wednesday, October 21, 10 – 11 a.m. ET)

Full details available here: https://library.concordia.ca/research/open-access/open-access-week.php


Dalhousie University

  • Atlantic Canada Research Data Management (RDM) Day (Wednesday, October 21, 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m. AT)

More information as well as details about Dalhousie University’s open access ongoing work are available here: https://blogs.dal.ca/libraries/2020/10/open-access-week-2020/