East West University Library observed International Open Access Week from 24-30 October 2022, is a global event; now entering its fifteenth year for Open Access advocates to engage their communities to teach them about Open Access, to share what they have learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Begun in 2007 as Open Access Day, the event was originally a partnership between Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and students who organized local events on a handful of campuses across the United States. Since then, International Open Access Week has grown exponentially and is now celebrated at hundreds of events around the world.
The theme of Open Access Week 2022 (24-30 October) is "Open for Climate Justice". This year’s theme seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right and tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries. Bearing in mind of that theme the EWU Library celebrated this week from 24-30 October 2022, with the following series of programs, like previous year:
1. Awareness building campaign on "Open Access Publishing Practices" among university community through East West University Library website as well as social media tools of East West University.
2. Open Access Knowledge Competition was organized based on the theme of this year "Open for Climate Justice" for EWU Students.
3. Promoted the essential benefits of using “Open Educational Resources” to the EWU Faculty members through email and EWU Library social media tools.
A Seminar on “Open Access to scholarly resources in higher education on the occasion of International Open Access Week 2022” for the students and Faculty Members of East West University held on 7th November 2022.
The quiz competition took place inside the library. Around 400 students participated in the quiz, among them top 12 participants were given prizes and certificates. Air Commodore (Retd.) Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury, treasurer, East West University was present as a Chief Guest. Where the Keynote Speaker was Dr. Md. Roknuzzaman, Professor, Dept. of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka. Ms. Saifa Haque, Sr. Lecturer, Dept. of. English delivered her speech on open educational resources recently She was shortlisted as an educator for the Open Education Awards for Excellence program.
Dr. Dilara Begum, Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Information Studies, and Library Management & Librarian (In-charge) East West University was the Chair of this event. Dr. Dilara Begum congratulated the winners of the quiz competition and gave them big thanks for participating in the event. She also gave thanks and appreciated the Library Team for arranging a wonderful event. The programs helped the EWU community to learn about Open Access and its facilities. Faculty members of different departments, students, admin staff and the library officials were also present at this event.