Fall 2023 Open Access Programming at WashU Libraries

Engage with the libraries to learn about open access and open education practices for teaching.


Scoping Your Open Pedagogy Project, Thursday, October 5, 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Olin Library Room 142 (in person)

Join us for a guided workshop on how to scope, develop, and proceed with an open pedagogy project. Lunch will be provided.


The Tools That Supercharge Open-Source Scientific Software, Wednesday, October 11, 10:00 – 11:00 AM (hybrid)

Join Timothy Holy, PhD, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, for a workshop session covering the structure of open-source projects on GitHub to help you understand how to evaluate, create and sustain open-source tools. Learn to evaluate project quality, health and vibrancy; request and contribute changes; and aim for sustainability with continuous integration.


Open Education and Community Impact, Monday, October 16, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Olin Library Room 142 (in person)

Complementing Open Access programming, the University Libraries will explore impactful initiatives and resources created for students and communities. Michael Wysession, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Elizabeth Petersen, mySci Facilitator at the Institute of School Partnership, will discuss scaling impact, funding models, sustainability, and practical advice for more accessible and equitable learning experiences. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served.


Keynote: Expanding Public Access: Perspectives from NIH, NSF and NASA, Thursday, October 19, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (virtual)

Join us for the Open October keynote to hear from NIH, NSF, and NASA representatives about the forthcoming public access initiatives to make federally funded publications and research data openly available. Jessica Tucker, PhD, acting deputy director of the Office of Science Policy at NIH, Martin Halbert, PhD, program director for public access at NSF, and Patricia Knezek, PhD, program scientist from NASA will share an overview of policy guidance and discuss plans for advancing open science, followed by a Q&A session.


ORCID iD: What it is and How it can help you, Monday, October 23, 10:30 – 11:00 AM (virtual)

ORCID is a non-profit organization that supports open science. Participate in this virtual workshop led by Brittney Sandler, MLIS, Research Support Librarian at Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, to learn more. This session will provide a background on ORCID and how it can efficiently simplify administrative responsibilities for researchers and support open science.


Evaluating Open Educational Resource Quality and Accessibility, Thursday, November 9, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Olin Library Room 142 (in person)

Where do you find open educational resources, and how do you evaluate their quality? Faculty and instructional staff are experts at evaluating the quality of content, but this workshop will explore other high-quality indicators such as accessibility for students with disabilities. OERs can be changed and accessibility features improved; we will discuss best adaptation and creation practices. Attendees will leave the session with creative strategies for implementing more open and accessible materials into their courses.


You can also visit the Becker Library or the University Libraries page to register for the Open October 2023 programming.