It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity; Open Access Week 2021

This year’s Open Access Week theme is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” This theme was chosen in part to align with the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which open access plays a key role. The Recommendation centers the importance of equity in the pursuit of an open future:

Open Science should embrace a diversity of knowledge, practices, workflows, languages, research outputs and research topics that support the needs and epistemic pluralism of the scientific community as a whole, diverse research communities and scholars, as well as the wider public and knowledge holders beyond the traditional scientific community, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and social actors from different countries and regions, as appropriate.

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, Page 7

This year’s theme of “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” represents the Recommendation’s call for equitable participation for all those who produce and consume knowledge. How does Bell Library support Open Access? This year, as part of Open Access Week, the Bell Library will be holding an online workshop to highlight the TAMU-CC Repository:

The TAMU-CC Repository collects and provides long term public access to the scholarly output of Islanders. The purpose of providing long term public access is to increase exposure and impact of scholarship and raise the profile of TAMU-CC scholarship. In this workshop, Alexa Hight will discuss the benefits of sharing your work in the TAMU-CC Repository and how to submit your work.

To join our workshop, go to:

The TAMU-CC Repository supports open access by providing public access to the content created and shared by Islanders. The Bell Library also supports Open Access publishing through the Open Access Publication Fund, in partnership with the Office of the Provost and the Division of Research and Innovation. The Open Access Publication Fund is in its third year, and continues to support the publication of Islander Faculty who publish their works in fully Open Access venues. To learn more about Open Access, please visit our guide.

Alexa Hight

Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian