The University of New Mexico celebrates International Open Access Week Oct. 23 – 29. International Open Access Week celebrates the benefits of free, immediate, online access to scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use materials as needed. A collaborative team consisting of the Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, Law Library, and University Libraries has planned a week of speakers and workshops bringing awareness to open access.

Open Access is the free, immediate, and online publication of research articles that are openly licensed and digitally accessible. At its core, Open Access publishing is a social justice issue that aims to make research more accessible to the greater public. Open Access scholarly publishing is related to Open Educational Resources (OER) in that they share similar licensing and ideology. OER materials provide students and teachers with free access to educational materials. OERs can significantly reduce the costs students spend on textbooks and other course materials. The UNM OER Initiative seeks to lower college costs for UNM students by encouraging and supporting UNM faculty with resources to adopt quality open materials in their courses.

This year’s theme of “Community over Commercialization” encourages a candid conversation about which approaches to open scholarship prioritize the best interests of the public and the academic community—and which do not.

A list of the UNM Open Access Week events is below. The event list consists of in-person and online formats. For more information about OER and Open Access Week, visit

Open Access Publishing 101 – Oct. 24 at 12 p.m.

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The Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center is offering Open Access Publishing 101. This session will provide researchers and scholars with basic information about open access publishing including:

  • Models and paths to Open Access
  • Funding options such as article processing charges, publisher/transformative agreements, and including as a line item in grant proposals
  • How these options may influence selection of scholarly output

Open access publishing options currently available at UNM including existing publisher agreements, the UNM Digital Repository, and Native Health Database will also be discussed.


  • Robyn Gleasner, MLIS, resource management librarian, UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center
  • Lori Sloane, data manager, UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center
  • Jonathan Pringle, MAS, NHD Advisory Council member

Print Archival Practices and New Media Panel – Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

Hybrid | Frank Waters Room at Zimmerman Library and Zoom

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We will be engaging with several poster designs held in the Center for Southwest Research, here at UNM and would be honored if you would join the in-person (and virtual) panel to discuss the visual power of print, as well as how these images can motivate artists and curators, today. For the panel, that will include archivists at UNM, along with other scholars at museums and other institutions, we will be presenting questions like, “how do we maintain both physical and digital archives? How do we make certain that digital processes hold the integrity of the art? What are ways we can connect with artists, enthusiasts, patrons and students for access to these archives that may enhance their work, their knowledge, and their art experience on a global scale? Most importantly, we want to discuss ways to create equitable pathways for better access to art, for all.


  • Carol A. Wells, executive director of Center for the Study of Political Graphics
  • Emily Sulzer, archives director, Center for the Study of Political Graphics
  • Dr. Kenneth Oravetz, coordinator, and lecturer of Critical Text Analysis, UNM University College, Printmaker
  • Dr. Susanne Anderson-Riedel, associate professor and chair, UNM Department of Art: Studio, History, Education

Visual Power of Print Exhibit: images from the Sam L. Slick Collection

Poster display in Zimmerman Library, Learning Commons

In celebration of Open Access Week, the University of New Mexico Libraries is highlighting posters from the Sam L. Slick collection, a collection of 12,000 Latin American and Iberian political posters. The Center for Southwest Research has digitally archived 5,000 of these posters, and they are available for the public to openly access through the New Mexico Digital Collections.

The collection covers political topics such as the Sandinista Revolution, the Falkland Islands War, the El Salvadoran Anti-Government/Exile movement, the Bolivian Government, Mexico’s Partido Popular Socialista, Cuba under Castro, Paraguay’s Stroessner, the Panama Canal Treaty, and Post-Franco Spain. Subjects covered in the Slick collection include tourism and travel, historic figures, historic events, film, imperialism, solidarity, safety, the environment, energy conservation, health and sex education, peace, nationalism, agriculture, industrial production, music, religion, and women.

Reproductions of a few of these posters will be displayed throughout Zimmerman during Open Access Week.