Open Access Week 2019

“Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”

This year’s theme for International Open Access Week asks us to take time to reflect upon the communities not being represented in or having access to research. Innumerable circumstances account for individuals around the world not able to interact with scholarship, regardless of whether the content has been made publicly and openly available. Awareness of these issues can better shape and focus the scholarly society’s drive for accessibility and availability of educational material for all. In so doing, we can better meet the needs of a diverse, global community.

Events this year at UNC-Chapel Hill also challenged us to think about the various challenges that researchers face to enter the global academy and promote access for all.

Open Access Week 2019 Events at UNC, October 21-25

Tuesday, October 22

  • Makerspaces and Open Access for Whom
    Tuesday, October 22, 2:30-3:30 pm
    Davis Library, Research Hub, 2nd floor
    Speakers Maggie Melo, Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science, and Drew Robertson, Technical Supervisor at BeAM, will describe how makerspaces are resources for opening access to research, innovation, and collaboration across various communities. They will present a dichotomy often found about makerspaces that just because a resource is openly available does not mean it is accessible, and suggest various scenarios in which makerspaces can be used in different ways depending on the needs of the user. Example tools and objects created in BeAM will be passed around. A Arduino workshop in the Kenan Science Library’s BeAm location will follow this presentation at 4pm.Speaker notes and the PowerPoint presentation are posted in UNC’s Carolina Digital Repository for download.

Wednesday, October 23

  • Open Access Informational Popup Table
    Wednesday, October 23, 1:00-3:00
    Davis Library, Entrance
    Stop by the University Library’s popup table about open access research and publishing, hosted by the Scholarly Communications department in Davis Library. This popup will have buttons and informational guides to build awareness of Open Access and encourage students and scholars to try out some resources on their own.

Thursday, October 24

  • IDEA Council Brown Bag Discussion: Access to Knowledge
    Thursday, October 24, 12:00-1:00
    Davis Library, Room 214A-B
    October’s IDEA Council Brown Bag discussion features the accessibility—and lack thereof—of knowledge. In celebration of Open Access Week, Anne Gilliland and Lynnee Argabright from the University Libraries Scholarly Communications Office center the conversation around the divergence between availability and accessibility, and question why communities that should be involved in research are not. These issues suggest an imperfection in various methods of research dissemination, such as “Subscription,” “Open Access,” and even public information. This event is open to all.
  • Publishing Trap Board Game Night
    Thursday, October 24, 4:00-8:00 pm
    School of Information and Library Science, Library, 1st floor
    You are about to embark on a new academic career. STOP. Experience the perilous process of publishing in this dangerously team-based board game night at SILS Library in Manning Hall! In celebration of Open Access Week, the featured board game, “The Publishing Trap” (created by @UKCopyrightLit) will walk players through what it takes to make their research known. This open house event is co-hosted by the Scholarly Communications Office of the University Libraries and the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Library. Attendees are welcome to bring additional board games to play as well.


With any questions or for more information, please contact Anne Gilliland, Scholarly Communications Officer, at

Events will be promoted through our Twitter account OpenAccess_UNC.


The Makerspaces and Open Access for Whom event will have speaker notes available for download prior to the event. They will be added into the event’s webpage. The Makerspace event will also be utilizing Powerpoint Translator during the event–speech-to-text subtitles will be added to the presentation, and attendees may access these subtitles, in various languages, on their own devices.

If you require a reasonable accommodation to enjoy and participate in these events, please direct your inquiries with as much detail as possible to Lynnee Argabright in the Scholarly Communications Office, at, by Tuesday, October 8.