Open Access Week Film Screening Invite

Dear Faculty,

Open Access Week is October 22-28!

Please join the Campus Library for a screening of “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.” Learn more about the business of scholarship and the costs involved with the current practices of scholarly dissemination and information access.

The screening will be held on Monday October 22nd at 1:30PM in Library room LB1-205.

From the director and producers of this documentary:

“Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.”

We hope to see you there!

The Campus Library OA Team
(Alyssa Berger, Laura Dimmit, Tami Garrard, Denise Hattwig, Penelope Wood)

UW Open Access Policy Update

Dear UWB faculty,
Welcome back for the new quarter!

When we last updated you on the UW Open Access Policy, a vote was scheduled in the Faculty Senate. In the May 17th meeting, the Faculty Senate voted to approve the Policy as Class B Legislation. (In the linked minutes, see agenda item 10.) After an open comment period, the policy was subsequently approved by voting members of the Faculty, and became effective on June 1, 2018.

Now that the Open Access Policy has passed, you may have questions. The Campus Library Open Access Team is here for you! See below for some resources and readings:

If you are ready to deposit scholarly work into ResearchWorks, instructions are available on the UWB Digital Scholarship Guide.

The Campus Library Open Access Team is also excited to share that we are sponsoring a Learning Community through the Teaching and Learning Center, “Exploring Open Access in Higher Education.” Please join us!

Our goals for this learning community are as follows: “We envision building a community of UW Bothell researchers and scholars, including faculty, staff, and librarians, who can support each other in open access work, serve as resources to others who are interested in open scholarship, and surface and address questions about open access publishing options, implementation of the faculty Open Access Policy, and implications.”

You can see more details and sign up to join our Learning Community here (scroll down to #10) until Monday, October 8th.

For questions related to the new UW Open Access Policy, please contact Sarah Leadley, Campus Library Director, at, or Denise Hattwig, Head of Digital Scholarship and Collections, at

The Campus Library OA Team
(Alyssa Berger, Laura Dimmit, Tami Garrard, Denise Hattwig, Penelope Wood)