The University of New Mexico is participating in International Open Access Week (October 24 – 30). 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 and this year’s theme of climate justice.

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 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.

International Open Access Week calls for Open Access advocates to engage with their communities to teach them about the potential benefits of Open Access and to share what they’ve learned with colleagues. UNM will participate in this event by disseminating information on global events and illustrating to the local community how Open Access materials positively impact climate justice.

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


Monday, Oct. 24 | Noon | Online
Open for Climate Change: To Solve the World’s Biggest Problems We Need the Knowledge About Them to Be Open

The University Libraries will host virtually Dr. Monica Granados, the Climate Change Campaign manager for Creative Commons, as a speaker on the first day of Open Access Week, Oct. 24, at noon. Granados will give a webinar talk called, Open for Climate Change: To Solve the World’s Biggest Problems We Need the Knowledge About Them to Be Open. Register here.

Granados has a Ph.D. in ecology from McGill University. While working on her Ph.D., she discovered that incentives in academia promote practices that make knowledge less accessible. Since then, Granados has devoted her career to working in the open science space in pursuit of making knowledge more equitable and accessible.

As a Senior Policy Advisor at Environment and Climate Change Canada she provided subject matter expertise and supported the delivery of open science in the Government of Canada. Monica is now working at Creative Commons on a global campaign promoting open access of climate and biodiversity research. As a member of the Leadership Team at PREreview, she works to make peer review more open and diverse. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Open Data Society promoting open data in Canada and alumna of the Frictionless Data

Monday, Oct. 24 2 – 4 p.m. | In-person
Zine Workshop: MAKE -A- ZINE!

In celebration of Open Access Week, stop by the first floor lobby in Zimmerman Library on Monday, Oct. 24 between 2 -4 p.m. and learn to make a zine from a single sheet of paper. Marya Jones, founder of ABQ Zine Fest, shows you how! Zines created through this event will be eligible for inclusion in our Open Access Week 2022 Digital Symposium.

What's a zine? A zine is short for magazine - its thoughts, feelings, and ideas on paper, using images, writing, and drawings. Making a zine is a great way to connect with your creative side.


Tuesday, Oct. 25 | 10 a.m. | Online
Think global: Act local - Ensuring an equitable transition to open science

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center will host virtually Kathleen Shearer, executive director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) to speak during Open Access Week.  Shearer will present Think global: Act local - Ensuring an equitable transition to open science Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. Register here.

COAR is an international association with members and partners from around the world representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others. It brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community.

Shearer has been working in the area of open access, open science, scholarly communications, and research data management for over 20 years. She is the author of numerous publications and delivered many presentations at international events. Most recently, she was the lead author of the paper Fostering Bibliodiversity in Scholarly Communications: A Call for Action (April 2020). She participates in the work of numerous other organizations to advance open science around the world and is also a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and has been instrumental in many of CARL’s activities related to open science, including the launch of the Portage Initiative in Canada, a national research data management network.


Wednesday, Oct. 26 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Online
Indigenous Data Sovereignty and the Open Access Movement

The UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center (HSLIC), in conjunction with HSLIC’s Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, is pleased to host a roundtable-style discussion around the critical concepts that inform the exchange of information related to research by and about Indigenous and Native American communities. Nested within the methodology of Indigenous Data Sovereignty, panelists will highlight best practices and considerations for rights management, governance, sharing, and use of Indigenous data as it relates (and oftentimes conflicts) with the Open Access movement.  Register to attend here: Indigenous Data Sovereignty Panel.

Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll (she/her/hers) is Dene/Ahtna, a citizen of the Native Village of Kluti-Kaah in Alaska, and of Sicilian-descent. Based at the University of Arizona (UA), she is an assistant professor in the Public Health and American Indian Studies Graduate Program; acting director and assistant research professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; Associate Director, Native Nations Institute; and Affiliate Faculty in the College of Law. Carroll’s interdisciplinary research group the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance develops research, policy, and practice innovations for Indigenous Data Sovereignty. She co-edited the book Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Policy and led the publication of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. Carroll co-founded the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and co-founded and chairs the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA) and the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group at the Research Data Alliance. She Chairs the Indigenous Data Working Group for the IEEE P2890 Recommended Practice for Provenance of Indigenous Peoples' Data.


Dr. Debra MacKenzie (she/her) is co-director of the Community Environmental Health Program (developed and co-directed by Dr. Johnnye Lewis). MacKenzie and Lewis lead the Navajo Birth Cohort Study, a prospective birth cohort study investigating the impacts of pre-natal and early life exposures to uranium and other co-occurring metals on child health and development. This study is part of the NIH's Environmental influences on Child Health Outcome (ECHO) program. MacKenzie is also involved with an ongoing clinical trial on Navajo Nation investigating the potential benefits of supplemental zinc for mitigating metals toxicity.


Friday, Oct. 28 | 1 p.m. | In-person
Opening Up Curriculum: Incorporating OER into Your Course Design

During this webinar, UNM’s OER Librarian, Jennifer Schaller, and Mary Willms Wohlwend from Digital Learning @ the Center for Teaching and Learning will give an overview of options available for teachers who would like to incorporate Open Educational Resources into their curriculum. Jennifer will give a primer on OER materials and the OER movement. She will also equip attendees with resources to find and evaluate OER in their own disciplines. Meanwhile, Mary will discuss options for how Canvas can support faculty adoption of OER materials.

Register here.


Display in Zimmerman
In celebration of Open Access Week, the University of New Mexico Libraries is highlighting environmental 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 environmental posters will be displayed throughout Zimmerman during Open Access Week.