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Panel: Challenging Myths of Open Access

Open Access Week Event, sponsored by the University of Mississippi Libraries.

Despite lowering barriers and increasing equity, ideas of “open access” can have negative connotations in the academic world. In this panel, three faculty members from across campus will push against stereotypes of open access to explore how it benefits students, researchers, and the university.

Brian Young (University Libraries) will discuss how pre-tenure faculty can publish open access; Anne Cafer (Sociology) will cover running an open access journal and the pros and cons of the process, and Robert E Cummings (Writing and Rhetoric) will showcase open educational resources and how their employment benefits campus as a whole. Moderated by Greg Johnson (University Libraries).

Thursday, October 22nd 10am-11am

Register for this online event at Open Access Week Registration


The 2020 Digital Scholarship Committee of the University of Mississippi Libraries is proud to host events during International Open Access Week, October 19-25. The theme this year is “Open with Purpose.” While “openness can be a powerful tool for building more equitable systems of sharing knowledge” it is important to recognize the “historic legacies of injustice” – barriers in the form of racism, discrimination, and exclusion – even in spaces where “openness is a core value.” It is equally important that we recognize who is being excluded from this space and work towards a more inclusive, equitable knowledge sharing system. Join us for a series of events that will explore ways in which you can participate in open access at the University of Mississippi and be part of a growing, worldwide movement to bring equity to research and education.

Visit for more information on Open Access Week 2020.