Open Access Initiatives in Scholarly Communications: Getting your University on Board

February 16-17, 2011
Hosted by Adrian Ho and Sarah Shreeves
Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, sessions begin and end at:
Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

Libraries have used various strategies to engage with faculty, students, and administrators around changes in the scholarly communication system.  Open access (OA) has become a popular topic and different initiatives are built around it.  These include launching institutional repositories, creating OA publishing funds, working with faculty and administrators to institute OA policies, and developing new OA journals in collaboration with scholars and students.  How do these initiatives relate to libraries’ mission and future roles in higher education?  What strategies are used to implement these initiatives and how well have they worked?  This ALCTS e-Forum will explore both how and why libraries have chosen to invest resources to support OA initiatives.  It will also examine what strategies have been used and how successful they have been.  All are welcome to join us to review and discuss what has been accomplished in libraries’ OA endeavors.

Adrian Ho is Scholarly Communication Librarian at The University of Western Ontario.  With assistance of his colleagues, he networks with different constituents on campus to explore avenues to open up scholarly content for broader access.  Before landing in London, Ontario for his current job, Adrian worked in collection development and public services at different institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

Sarah Shreeves is currently the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), a set of services and collections supporting scholarly communication (including the institutional repository) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also the Coordinator for the Scholarly Commons, a space for expert, interdisciplinary research support services and open workshops for faculty and graduate students to develop skills in areas such as digital content creation, e-learning and teaching, working with digital repositories, curation of research data, understanding copyright issues and author rights, and working with geospatial and numeric data.

*What is an e-forum?*
An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://bit.ly/upcomingeforum.

*To register:*
Instructions for registration are available at: http://bit.ly/eforuminfo. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

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