Above image is courtesy of the International Open Access Week site


This year’s 2019 International Open Access Week theme is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” as recently announced by the 2019 Open Access Week Advisory Committee


The International Open Access Week – happening on October 21-27, 2019 – provides an opportunity for all “to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives”, as per SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).


Building on last year’s theme, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge,” this year’s theme will focus on answering the following questions:


  • Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support?


  • Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning?


  • Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication?



Learn more about open access at UBC and beyond via the following ways:


Check out the UBC Library’s Open Access page in the coming months


Visit the open.ubc.ca site for more Open Access resources


View and download 70 Open Access Week items in cIRcle








The Small Business Accelerator (SBA) – an initiative of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – recently presented its first speaker events in Vancouver and Kelowna, respectively. The forum, entitled Smart Business, Small Business: An SBA Speaker Session, was held in conjunction with Small Business Week, organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada.

The Vancouver event, held October 17 at UBC Robson Square, featured two compelling speakers: Paul Cubbon, Marketing Instructor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business; and George Moen, a UBC alumnus, serial entrepreneur and President of Blenz The Canadian Coffee Company.

On October 19, three more speakers offered their insights at UBC’s Okanagan campus. These included Laurel Douglas, CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre; Norine Webster, an Adjunct Instructor in the Faculty of Management at the Okanagan campus; and Scott Coleman, a UBC Management student and co-founder of FunCore Strength and Conditioning.

Thank you to our great speakers, and to all who attended these inspiring events in-person and via our webcast!

The SBA provides access to industry-specific resources and information for entrepreneurs and small businesses in B.C. It is curated by business librarians and offers a gateway to business information, education and assistance that is current and trustworthy.

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