Open Access Week 2021 theme: It matters how we open knowledge

Oct 13, 2021 · Megan O'Donnell

It matters how we open knowledgeThis year, the University Library Scholarly Communications Team reflected on the 2021 Open Access week theme “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.” Five team members wrote articles that discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarly communities and infrastructure. The articles highlight how library staff are making positive change in a range of areas by advocating for equity, contributing to diversity, and and challenging established norms.

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