Open Access Week 2019 – DeWitt Wallace Library: Supporting open access to knowledge for you and for all!

October 13, 2019

Open Access Week 2019
Your library is an enthusiastic supporter of Open Access. We actively support openly accessible scholarship in collections such as HathiTrust, Knowledge Unlatched, and the Open Textbook Library. Our support helps provide the infrastructure to make these collections available to the Mac Community, and it also provides free global online access.

In addition, the library recently adopted a new policy: Collection Development Plan to Support Sustainable Collections, endorsed by the Library Advisory Committee. It outlines how allocating a portion of the library’s budget for open access initiatives and publications contributes to the transformation of openness in scholarly communication. It also describes how the traditional scholarly publishing model with rapidly increasing journal subscription costs is not sustainable for libraries. Open access initiatives are one path to supporting sustainable, and often more equitable, creation of and access to scholarship.

Check out these Open Access Collections that your library supports:


HathiTrust provides anyone with a web browser access to view the HathiTrust ebooks that are in the public domain. As a HathiTrust member institution, individuals from the Macalester community can login to download titles that are in the public domain and a subset of the copyright protected ebooks (those that are also in the library’s physical collection). Individuals at Mac that have a visual disability may work with the library to access all titles using a screen reader. HathiTrust also provides textual analysis tools and corpora; ask a librarian for more information.

Knowledge Unlatched

This collection of books, gathered from established scholarly publishers, is created through a cooperative purchasing model which is more economical than purchasing each title individually. Each year, titles are chosen by a Knowledge Unlatched librarian selection committee, and when the library pledge goal is reached, the books are released as open access titles.

Open Textbook Library

Online textbooks in this collection cover a variety of subject areas and are freely available to view and download. Many are available in multiple file formats, including the more accessible EPUB/EPUB3 formats. Better yet, these textbooks are all openly licensed so that faculty are free to revise and remix with other materials in order to customize for unique courses and contexts.

The Open Textbook Library is managed and funded by the Open Textbook Network (OTN). Macalester DeWitt Wallace Library is a member of the OTN which provides the online infrastructure for the textbooks and for peer review. The goal of the OTN is to promote access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks. OTN also brings together a community of expertise in creating and publishing open textbooks / open educational resources (OER). Faculty, instructors, and librarians work together to share expertise in open textbook creation and to promote the benefits of OER.

Find more Open Access resources: Look for the orange “unlocked” symbol in the library Database List or when looking at your WorldCat Discovery search results

Learn more: Open Access Library Guide