In celebration of Open Access Week 2016
The BC Research Libraries Group is Proud to Present


President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing &
Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication at the University of Utah

who will speak about

What Do We Want? (We’re Not Sure!) When Do We Want It? (Hard to Say!): Reconciling the Needs of Analysis and Advocacy in Scholarly-Communication Reform

Monday, October 24, 2:00-3:30pm, University of Victoria McPherson Library, Room 210


Tuesday, October 25, 9:00-10:30am, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Campus, Room 7000  (with Live Webcast starting at 9:30am)

How to Register:

  • to attend the Oct. 24 event in Victoria, please register by emailing Scott Johnston OR
  • to attend the Oct. 25 event in Vancouver, please register hereSpace limited, so register early!

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 tradition 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 these principles to bridge perspectives, including strategies for including the all-important authors’ voice.


ABOUT RICK ANDERSON:   Over the past decade, Rick Anderson has distinguished himself as one of the most creative thinkers and provocative speakers on libraries, library collections, and scholarly publishing.  Named a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker” in 2005, Rick currently serves as Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication at the University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, as President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and member of several editorial boards, but is best known as a popular conference speaker, writer and contributor to Library Journal’s Academic Newswire and the Scholarly Kitchen. His experience spanning the worlds of libraries, publishing, and as a writer and bookseller uniquely qualifies him to address the current challenges and future of open access and scholarly publishing. Rick has authored several books including the recent Libraries, Leadership and Scholarly Communication: Essays by Rick Anderson, published by ALA Editions in 2016.


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