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  • International Open Access Week 2022: Open for Climate Justice. October 24 to 30, 2022. #openforclimatejustice

Open for Climate Justice: Open Access Week 2022

Join University Libraries Open Access Week Oct. 24 – 28 to take part in our programming and learn how sharing information in an “open” manner can foster climate justice.

This year’s theme Open for Climate Justice seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. Sharing knowledge is a human right. Tackling the climate crisis requires the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic and disciplinary boundaries.

International Open Access Week is held annually to inspire global momentum toward the open sharing of knowledge to advance policy changes and address social issues affecting people around the world.

We hope you’ll join us for:

Opening Access to Environmental Justice
Oct. 24, 12  – 1 p.m., virtual
Hosts: Dr. Lori Ziolkowski and Amie Freeman

Recent funding by the United States federal government in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act is a national commitment to environmental justice of a magnitude not made before. Through this investment, the administration is committed to transforming hundreds of Federal programs across the government to ensure that disadvantaged communities receive the benefits of the new and existing Federal Investments in these categories as part of the Justice40 Initiative. But what communities are disadvantaged and in what ways? In this talk, Dr. Lori Ziolkowski, School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment, will share some of the funding programs in these historic bills and open access mapping tools to identify where the investment is needed.

Dr. Lori Ziolkowski is an Associate Professor and the current Undergraduate Director in the School of the Earth, Ocean and the Environment at the University of South Carolina. She researches climate change in the polar regions and environmental issues closer to home. Her efforts have included field expeditions in Antarctica, as well as several Arctic locations. For the past two years, she served as chair of the City of Columbia’s Climate Protection Action Committee, helping shape local policy for a more sustainable future.

Her research has garnered international recognition, as she was recently named the Baillet Latour Fellow (Belgium). UofSC named her a Breakthrough Rising Star and a McCausland Faculty Fellow. Dr. Ziolkowski completed postdoctoral research at McMaster University in Canada, where she was a National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) postdoctoral fellow. She received her Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California Irvine and her M.Sc. in Oceanography from Dalhousie University (Canada). She earned a B.Sc. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Waterloo (Canada).

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Understanding the 2022 OSTP Memo on Access to Federally Funded Research
Oct. 26, 1 – 1:50 p.m., virtual
Hosts: Amie Freeman and Stacy Winchester
On Aug. 25, the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) issued policy guidance to make the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available at no cost. In this session, we’ll break down the content and implications of the memorandum, giving you the information you need to know as the scientific community prepares to enact these changes. We’ll leave plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Amie Freeman is the Scholarly Communication and Open Initiatives Librarian at the University of South Carolina. She holds a BA in International Studies and a MLIS from the University of South Carolina. Within the University Libraries, she manages Scholar Commons, the University’s institutional repository, Create Digital, a digital project hosting platform, and the annual SCoer award, which incorporates affordable learning materials into UofSC courses. She works work closely with faculty and students on open access and licensing, scholarly publishing, author rights, and open educational resources (OER).

As Research Data Librarian at University Libraries, Stacy Winchester advocates for open science and offers instruction and support for research data management and digital preservation, data sharing, and dataset location. She holds a BS in Biological Sciences from Clemson University, an MLIS from the University of South Carolina, and completed a Graduate Academic Certificate in Digital Curation and Data Management from the University of North Texas in 2019.

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Projects with UofSC Libraries Create Digital: Faculty Experiences Panel
Oct. 28, 11 a.m. – noon, virtual
Host: Amie Freeman

Join the Digital Humanities working group of the UofSC Humanities Collaborative to learn how faculty members have used UofSC’s web hosting and domain service, Create Digital, for digital scholarship. Kelly Goldberg and Hayden Smith from the College of Arts & Sciences will discuss the planning and implementation of their digital projects, focusing on the use of the Create Digital platform.

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For more information, contact Amie Freeman at or (803) 777-8280.



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