Chester Fritz Library Updates

News and notes from UND's Chester Fritz Library

Open Access Week 2021

International Open Access Week celebrates the benefits of publishing Open Access, the achievements of individuals and groups involved in Open Access work, and the positive contributions Open Access has made in the scholarly community. This year’s theme is “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity.”

The Chester Fritz Library is hosting three events for Open Access Week 2021.

  • Cost of Research Display
    • One of the major benefits of being in college is your access to academic literature. Students, faculty, and staff have access to quality materials for free, with access provided by library subscriptions. The cost of research is much higher than that. For articles that are published Open Access in an academic journal, the author must pay an Article Processing Charge (or APC) either out of pocket or through their research grant. This can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $3,500. If researchers or students try to access a traditionally published article without a library subscription, chances are high of running into a paywall and getting denied access to the article.
    • One section of this display shows how much each individual article in the reference section would cost to access if there wasn’t a library subscription to cover those articles. The other section displays the APC of the references, and this indicates how much it would cost for each article to become Open Access.
    • Visit our display to see it in action! Located on the 1st floor of the library by the South entrance.
  • Open Access Explained Workshop
    • In this workshop, Chester Fritz Librarians Brittany Fischer and Zeineb Yousif will be explaining what Open Access means. Please join us on Wednesday, October 27th at 11am. By the end of this workshop you should be able to:
      • Identify what open access is
      • Understand why Open Access is important
      • Learn how it can benefit you as a researcher, student, or professional
      • Know where to find additional resources for help
    • Registration is required for this workshop – please use the online registration form. You have the option to either attend in person or online. If you have any questions, please reach out to either Brittany Fischer ( or Zeineb Yousif (
  • Open Access Board Game
    • Stop by the library and play a fun game! This board game will be available by the Open Access – Cost of Research display for anyone to participate.