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Winners of COPPUL Sponsorship for 2016 Open Access (OA) Week Speaker Events

The COPPUL Scholarly Communication Working Group is very pleased to announce the winners of the COPPUL Sponsorship for 2016 Open Access Week Speaker Events. Congratulations to BC Research Libraries Group (a joint application) and the University of Lethbridge! The details of their Open Access Week events are listed below.


Each winner will receive $1000 to help cover expenses of Open Access Week events. The events will be live-webcasted and will be archived by December 31, 2016. The Scholarly Communication Working Group would like to thank all the applicants, and hopes this sponsorship will continue to encourage COPPUL institutions to promote and celebrate Open Access initiatives.


BC Research Libraries Group

Speaker -- Rick Anderson

Title – Reconciling the Needs of Analysis and Advocacy in Scholarly-Communication Reform
DateOctober 24, University of Victoria & October 25, Simon Fraser University, with live webcast available | View the recording of this event
Description – Reforming scholarly communication is a tough job, made tougher by factors that include the lack of unanimity among stakeholders as to what reform should look like (or whether it’s needed at all); the wide variety of needs and interests among the system’s stakeholders; the structural complexity of the system itself; the lack of unanimity as to what “open access” means; the heavy weight of inertia in academic practice; and the high level of emotion that inevitably accompanies discussion of these issues. The difficulty and complexity of the reform project suggest that analysis is needed, but the moral and emotional weight of the issues involved naturally lead us in the direction of advocacy instead—and advocacy and analysis are, unfortunately, natural enemies. In this session we will review salient aspects of the scholarly-communication landscape that make reform particularly challenging, some principles for addressing those challenges, and some possible mechanisms for applying those principles.


University of Lethbridge

Speaker -- Gerald Beasley (+panel) | View the recording of this event

Title – Open Access in Action

DateOctober 27, 2016, 3:00PM 

Description – Mr. Beasley will talk about his experience with Concordia University's successful institutional Open Access policy as well as his evolving thoughts on open access in the university context. The talk will be preceded by a panel discussion on open access scholarly publishing.