What is Open Access?
Open Access is a growing international movement that uses the Internet to ensure students and anyone who desires information can receive it without restrictions—encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone. Open Access is a time for the broader community to make openness consistent with doing research and ensuring that equity is at the center of this work. This year, Open Access has shifted its focus from talking about change to making a change that will continue year in and year out.
Why is Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion Important?
In 2020 structural racism, discrimination, and exclusion are present in places where openness is a core value. Open Access believes that it is essential to understand that present systems and spaces are built upon legacies of historical injustice. Addressing these inequalities is necessary. We need to begin to examine those spaces and work together to rebuild structures and move on from just having conversations to taking action, committing to change, and holding one another accountable to make real progress.
How Open Access Impacts YOU.
Open Access affects students by allowing us to expand our thoughts and quench our curiosity about the world. Free Access prevents students from being restricted from information that others think we should be exposed to without Open Access, limiting our educational horizons. The Open Access initiative at UNI continues by incorporating the Open Textbook Network. OTN allows professors to use textbooks that have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of universities and colleges to assess their quality. Open Textbook Network provides free downloads or low-cost printing to benefit students and faculty. Rod Library has continued to support Open Access by promoting and maintaining UNI ScholarWorks. The purpose of UNI ScholarWorks is to showcase, in a highly visible and comprehensive manner, the knowledge, creativity, and innovative spirit of the university in a free and open environment.