Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of scholarship, coupled with the rights to use these resources fully in the digital environment. The complex issue has multiple viewpoints and is the subject of much debate in the country right now.

To help the campus community better understand the issue, University Libraries and The University New Mexico Press host an Open Access Town Hall on Oct. 23 from 1  – 3 p.m. in the Willard Room of Zimmerman Library. 

All are welcome to bring their questions and views to the table – free lunch will be provided but attendees are asked to register.

University Libraries’ Kevin Comerford, director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication, and Susanne Clement, director of Collections, join Stephen P. Hull, director of UNM Press, to lead an informed discussion on the current state of Open Access at UNM.

The event is part of several activities being held during International Open Access Week. Multiple screenings of “Paywall: the business of scholarship” are also scheduled at the following locations: 

Zimmerman Library Frank Waters Room
Oct. 22 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. 

Popcorn and drinks provided, there will also be a screening of a short film about open education resources at the University of the Pacific.

Centennial Science and Engineering Library, DEN 2
Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For more information about Open Access see the UNM Office of Innovative Scholarly Initiatives webpage.