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Treasures and Tea: New Scholars Roundtable

Please join us for Treasures and Tea: New Scholars Roundtable

Associate Professor, Dr. Janelle Jenstad, Department of English, will moderate a session highlighting the work of emerging scholars with material from Special Collections. Speakers will include: Michelle Spelay on Thomas Heywood's Gunaikaeion, Emily Hector on The Wrongs of Woman, Alyssa Currie on William Blake prints, Nadia Timperio on the Pocket Books phenomenon, and Elyse Mitchell on the fortunes of Sono Nis Press.

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Date: March 19th: New Scholars Roundtable
Time : 12:30 p.m.
Place: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications

February 27, 2015 | Minister Holder | News Release

Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced (February 27, 2015) that “Canadians will have free online access to research funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR.”

“Our government's updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy demonstrates how we have made the record investments necessary to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians. Building on that record, today's forward-looking announcement will provide Canadians with free, online access to federally funded research; providing researchers, entrepreneurs, and the wider Canadian public with an increased opportunity to build upon this research in innovative ways that can create social or economic benefits for Canadians."

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[Pre-digital Books] Treasures and Tea: Finding Women in the Archives

Over the past forty years, scholars have delved into archives to rediscover and recover texts authored by women before 1800. Such projects have broadened the scope of literary studies and led to the creation of new editions, expanded anthologies, and rich online resources – but they have largely overlooked earlier attempts to study women writers. In this talk, Dr. Erin E. Kelly (Department of English) will introduce you to early texts in our special collections that focus on exemplary women, many of them writers. She will show that Heywood’s Gynaikeion (1624), Ballard’s Memoirs of several ladies (1752), and other works reveal the process of discovering and celebrating of women in history has always been (and remains) a strategy for defining the ideal woman in the present.

For more information about the Treasures and Tea series please see:

Date: February 19th: Finding Women in the Archives, talk by Dr. Erin Kelly (Department of English)
Time : 12:30 p.m.
Place: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Free admission, but limited seating.

PKP Hiring Software Developers


The Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University ( is seeking full-time and part-time Software Developers to join our team in providing the leading open source platform for running academic journals, books, and conferences. Reporting to the Lead Technical Architect, PKP Software Developers are responsible for designing, developing, and implementing clear and secure software solutions for a variety of PHP-based applications. Duties also include conducting system analysis and recommending changes or enhancements, actively participating in an international developer community, conferring with users to better understand system requirements and usability issues, investigating problem areas, and general troubleshooting.

Tired of commuting to the office everyday from 9 to 5? As a member of the PKP team, you are able to work where you want, anywhere in the world, during the hours that work best for you (apart from some regularly scheduled team meetings). You will have opportunities to travel, participate in conferences and workshops, and interact with a growing international community of users in the academic, software development, and publishing worlds. This is a fixed-term contract with a probationary period and good potential for continuing work. Salary is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.

Qualifications include:
• experience with current web development technology, especially PHP and Javascript.
• experience with SQL (esp. MySQL and PostgreSQL), Apache, and Linux server administration.

Additional consideration given for:
• knowledge of, or experience with, PKP software (e.g. Open Journal Systems) or a similar open source project is valuable but not necessary.
• enthusiasm for open source projects and understanding of the benefits of openness in general (open access, open standards, open data, open access to information, etc.)
• experience with current user interface and user experience best practices, using AJAX, JQuery, CSS, and/or similar tools.

Interested applicants should send the following:
• a cover letter containing a summary of their experience, and at least two references;
• a copy of their resume; and
• code samples, ideally in PHP, ideally open-source (e.g. via a Github repository).

to Brian Owen, Associate University Librarian ( Postings will remain open until filled.


The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a research and development initiative based at Simon Fraser University with many development partners and supporters around the world. PKP has been developing free, open source software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals, books, and conferences for 15 years. The PKP software suite is comprised of four modules: Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems, and Open Harvester Systems; as well as a variety of supporting software projects. Visit PKP and have a look at the software and code.

[Pre-digital Books] Witches of the West, February 6-7, UVic

You are invited to join The “Witches of the West” for presentations and conversations about ancient and modern witch-hunts: the two Witches days, February 6-7, open unexpected perspectives on the waves of moral panics and the endurance of prejudice in our self-declared enlightened societies. A dialogue between times, places, disciplines, and communities, this symposium is conceived as a provocation to thinking together about our blind spots and the functioning of collective fears. Following the thread of Witches, entwined with questions about women, religious minorities, media, libraries and fictions of threats, papers will address exclusions and discrimination that may not be perceived as such by their perpetrators and may even be our own. Which are the ways of reasoning, fabricating, instructing, spreading the delusions at work in persecutions which, at a said time, could seem legitimate to a community? How is a wave of panic subdued? What is the role of universities in the construction of open inclusive societies? What do you think about this? See for more details (detailed program, overview etc.) and book the dates.

This symposium starts on the Friday afternoon, in the library, featuring a keynote lecture by Professor Andrew Gow (University of Alberta) on moral panics, now and then. The Saturday will explore the modernity of witch-hunts and will lead to an open conversation with the audience. Witches of the West is organized by the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, the Special Collections of Uvic Libraries, and the Program of Medieval Studies, with the support of the Faculty of Humanities. This symposium brings together researchers from many disciplines, students, and members from the community: consider being part of these conversations about who we are and what we do!

The event is free of charge and open to all: feel free to invite students, friends, colleagues. Thank you for sharing this information-information with your networks and circles. RSVP to by February 2 (so that we have seats for everyone).

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Hélène Cazes
University of Victoria
Professor,Graduate Adviser, French Department
Director, Program of Medieval Studies
Coordinator, Humanities Diploma Program

Decoding Wonderland with David Day

Join author David Day for an insider glimpse of his newest book, Decoding Wonderland: Ancient Wisdom, a Forbidden Education and Real-Life Drama in Lewis Carroll's Alice. In this presentation, Day unlocks the many astonishing layers of meaning-philosophical, mathematical, classical and theosophical-encoded in the fairy tale. Scheduled for release in October 2015, Day's book celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Day is the author of more than 40 books of poetry, ecology, history, mythology, fantasy, and children's literature. Internationally, he is best known for his literary criticism on J. R. R. Tolkien and his works. His books have won numerous literary awards and have been selected as "Books of the Year" by Time Magazine, New Scientist, Parents Magazine and the Observer.

This event, presented in partnership with the Royal BC Museum and the Greater Victoria Public Library, will be held at the Royal BC Museum and requires registration. For more information and to register for this free event, visit this link:

Date: February 5, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Royal BC Museum, Clifford Carl Hall

Academic Journals – Obsolete Technology?

Huff Post | Jason Scmitt | December 23, 2014

“The music business was killed by Napster; movie theaters were derailed by digital streaming; traditional magazines are in crisis mode–yet in this digital information wild west: academic journals and the publishers who own them are posting higher profits than nearly any sector of commerce.

Academic publisher Elsevier, which owns a majority of the prestigious academic journals, has higher operating profits than Apple. In 2013, Elsevier posted 39 percent profits, according to Heather Morrison, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies in contrast to the 37 percent profit that Apple displayed.”


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The BC Open Textbook Project: Free Webinar

Brought to You by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and BCcampus

Where: Online / Participation in this online event is free.
Register by Tuesday October 21:

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time/ 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time

OTTAWA, October 14, 2014 – To celebrate International Open Access Week, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and BCcampus are presenting an informative and interactive webinar on digital open textbooks. Join Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager, Open Education, and Leva Lee, Manager, Professional Learning, of BCcampus to learn more about the innovative BC Open Textbook Project. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to engage the presenters in some Q & A.

Open textbooks are gaining traction in Canada, particularly in the West. College and university students have significant textbook expenses paying over $1000 yearly, on average, to obtain the required reading materials for their courses. To help make post-secondary learning more economically accessible to students in British Columbia, the multi-sectoral BCcampus Open Textbook Project which includes participation from key players in the province's higher education system, libraries, student groups, and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, currently provides access to 40 free digital open textbooks to some of the most highly-enrolled introductory-level college and university courses.

BCcampus is a publicly funded organization that uses information technology to connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all B.C. post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework.

CARL includes Canada's twenty-nine largest university libraries; enhancing research and higher education is at the heart of its mission. CARL promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

More information:

Diego Argáez