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Open Access

Overview of Open Access at Cal State East Bay

Contest Details

Cal State East Bay University Libraries is pleased to present the 2nd Annual OA Week Student Competition! The winner will receive a $50 award and the runner up will receive a $35 award.

How to participate in the OA Week Student Competition

Step #1 Contest Opens Monday, 10/18 Watch/read at least two of the suggested materials talking about open access listed in the "Suggested OA Week Materials" section below.
Step #2  

Respond to one or both of the following prompts.

  1. Prompt 1: Scholarly materials (e.g. peer reviewed articles, research books, etc.) often include a lot of terminology specific to the field they're in and are typically written at an expert level. Talk about your experience first encountering these types of works. What could be changed to make scholarly materials more inviting, participatory, and inclusive?
  2. Prompt 2: Wikipedia is often described as "the people's encyclopedia" since anyone can create, edit, and review entries and it's available for free to anyone with an internet connection. However, studies have shown that close to 90% of the site's editors are male and the majority of them are white. What implications does this have? What solutions could be taken to diversify the voices found on Wikipedia?

Responses can be in any style you choose and should be as creative as possible! Submissions need to be original works either written, visual art, video, etc. and accessible to Cal State East Bay Libraries for review online. The submission form will include a link to upload your work.

Step #3 Contest Closes Sunday, 10/31 Submit your competition entry in the official submission form:
Step #4

Voting Opens


Public Voting Opens! Link will be made available once public voting opens.
Step #5 Winners Announced, Monday, 11/08 Follow the University Libraries Instagram (IG:csueb_library) to find out if you won!

Suggested OA Week Materials

Contest Rules and Criteria

Contest Rules

Participants must be current Cal State East Bay students to be eligible to participate and win the prizes. The University Libraries will review each submission to ensure that it responds to at least one prompt as listed in the contest details. Submissions need to be original works either written, visual art, video, etc. and accessible to Cal State East Bay University Libraries for review online. Limit one (1) submission per person/NetID for the entire contest period.

Contest Timeline

The contest opens Monday, 10/18/21, and ends Sunday, 10/31/21 at 11:59 pm ("Contest Period"). All submissions will be reviewed by the University Libraries before they are published on the submissions page for public voting. Public up-voting will open Monday, 11/01/21 and end Sunday, 11/07/21 at 11:59pm ("Contest Voting Period"). The winner and second runner up will be announced Monday, 11/08/21 no later than 5:00 pm on the Cal State East Bay University Libraries official Instagram. Winners will also be contacted via email provided during submission entry.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed by the University Libraries to ensure content responds to at least one prompt as described in contest details. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Content: copyright and fair use application; student research and evaluation of sources; accuracy, clarity, and comprehensiveness of information; narrative or argumentative composition; script, storyboard, or writing style
  • Media: pacing and length; audio and video quality; music and sound choice; clarity of narration

Contest Notice

The University Libraries reserves the right to disqualify any submissions that do not meet the submission criteria set forth above, contain prohibited content, and/or are otherwise deemed by the University Libraries, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate or obscene or not in keeping with the University Libraries’ image will be disqualified and will not appear on the website for public voting.