October 19-25 is OA Week 2020. For those who are new to open access, you can find a description of what it is and why it’s important here. TLDR: open access works are free to access and licensed in a way that allows for reuse.
This year we are celebrating OA Week by highlighting many of the open access projects that UT Libraries (UTL) have either been involved in or that we are financially supporting. You can find some of those projects on the Libraries TexLibris blog.
The first project we’d like to showcase here on the OA blog is the collection of LibGuides created by UTL staff. LibGuides point users towards the best resources for a given subject or topic, and UT Libraries have over 1000 guides! An astute observer will notice that all our LibGuides are licensed with a CC-BY-NC license. This means that others can reuse portions of the guide or the entire guide. They can customize guides for their own needs or use them as is. Other librarians will frequently use content from LibGuides to create something new for their campus, and faculty can use the content to help supplement course materials for their classes.
Stay tuned tomorrow to learn about another OA project.