Open Access monograph publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible. Universities, academic publishers, libraries, and scholarly organizations are developing new initiatives, partnerships, services, and business models to support open access options for authors of scholarly monographs, textbooks, and academic books. This event will explore the opportunities, challenges, and experiences of OA book publishing from the perspective of authors, series editors and publishers. You are invited to join a panel discussion of UBC faculty and publishers that will address their motivations for “going open”, as well as the processes, impacts, and changes that OA is bringing to academic book publishing.

Panellists

  • Katherine Bowers, Katherine Bowers, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies, UBC Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies
  • Megan Brand, Production Editor, UBC Press
  • Rupert Gatti, Co-founder and Director of Open Book Publishers; Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Director of Studies in Economics
  • Mark Turin, Associate Professor, UBC Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies & Department of Anthropology

Facilitator

  • Leonora Crema, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, UBC Library

Open Scholarship in Practice

Join us for a week of webinars and workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship — from new tools that can increase the reproducibility of research, to new pedagogies that become possible when students and faculty members become co-creators engaged in meaningful, generative knowledge creation. Hear from UBC colleagues who are incorporating “openness” in innovative ways to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.


Working in Public: Generosity and the Knowledge Commons

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Featured Keynote: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English Michigan State University

Working in public, and with the public, can enable scholars to build vital, sustainable research communities, both within their fields, with other scholars in different fields, and with folks off-campus who care about the kinds of work that we do. By finding ways to connect with a broad range of publics, in a range of different registers, and in ways that allow for meaningful response, we can create the possibilities for far more substantial public participation in and engagement with the humanities, and with the academy more broadly. This talk explores the ideas in Professor Fitzpatrick’s influential book, Generous Thinking, and will focus on the challenges posed by working in public and the skills required to develop more publicly engaged scholarship.

Co-sponsored by the UBC Library and the UBC Public Humanities Hub.

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Building a Foundation: Open Research Data as a Pillar of Open Science

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

This session will provide an introduction to Open Research Data (ORD) in the sciences. You will learn about the importance of ORD to the unfolding Open Science movement; the benefits ORD can bring to you, science, and society; and the cultural challenges we face in translating vision into practice. If you are interested in taking the first steps to make your data open, we will provide you with a toolkit to get started!

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Emerging Perspectives in Open Access Book Publishing

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Open Access monograph publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible. Universities, academic publishers, libraries, and scholarly organizations are developing new initiatives, partnerships, services, and business models to support open access options for authors of scholarly monographs, textbooks, and academic books. This event will explore the opportunities, challenges, and experiences of OA book publishing from the perspective of authors, series editors and publishers. You are invited to join a panel discussion of UBC faculty and publishers that will address their motivations for “going open”, as well as the processes, impacts, and changes that OA is bringing to academic book publishing.

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Publishing As Open Pedagogy: OJS & Pressbooks

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

As open education continues to gain traction in higher education, many are looking for ways to expand their integration of open approaches beyond merely the inclusion of open materials. Open publishing is beginning to emerge as one pathway towards greater engagement in openness in the classroom. This panel will introduce participants to five people working in various capacities to support student publishing through Open Journal Systems and PressBooks, two open source publishing platforms that allow for open dissemination of student-created, instructor-supported content.

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From Project Plan to Release – Publishing an Open Text

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

As more faculty engage in the development of open educational resources (OERs), the publishing of open texts has increased. Open textbook collections are growing and the opportunity to engage in developing this content is becoming more accessible to faculty interested in educational publishing.  But with these new opportunities comes a need to better understand: how you go from a plan to a fully published open text?

This webinar provides a phased approach to publishing an open text. The session will cover:

  • Determining the Project Scope and developing a plan,
  • Developing an Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan,
  • Developing a text outline, design and style guide,
  • Developing a release plan and peer review process, and;
  • Developing a post-release plan, including collection of impact data.

This session will also provide you with templates and guides for your text project, in addition to outlining the supports and services available at UBC.

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Publishing an Open Text with Pressbooks – The Basics

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Pressbooks is a powerful and popular tool for creating open educational resources such as textbooks. Whether you are looking for training for yourself or your research assistants, this training will cover the basics of how to use Pressbooks to create and enhance content. By the end of this session participants will be familiar with:

  • Pressbook layouts and organization
  • Developing and structuring chapters and parts
  • Embedding content, including images, videos, and other media materials

BCcampus Open Education has created a self-serve instance of Pressbooks. This is available for instructors and staff from post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the Yukon. Create an account at: https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/

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Building Digital Exhibits with Wax

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

This workshop will introduce Wax, a tool for creating minimal Digital Exhibits without complex infrastructure.

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Open Education Impact Report September 2019 – April 2020


Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released an open education impact report showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

Read the Report

The new Open UBC site has launched today on Aug 26, Monday morning.

Goals for the site relaunch

There were three goals for the site relaunch. We wanted to:

  • Broaden the site focus by including Open Access and Open Research as major themes of the site, since they are important component of the open scholarship movement.
  • Include and point to resources that are available on other UBC websites.
  • Improve the user experience of the site so that the resources are easily accessible by faculty members, students and staff who are interested in open scholarship.

Process

May 2018 – Usability Testing

poster of open ubc website UX session

Poster of Open UBC Website Review (by Rie Namba, CC by SA 3.0)

On May 22, 2018, we hosted a small usability test event for the Open UBC site. During the usability testing, we asked participants to bring their own device (for ex: laptop, tablet, mobile) and go through the user testing survey provided. Two faculty members, one undergraduate student, one graduate student and one staff participated the usability testing event.

Overall, we found out from the usability testing that:

  • Some users were confused with some of the terminology of the websites (For example: Open Practice).
  • Some users had hard time finding resources due to the structure of the landing pages.

Many users accessed the “Project” (now it is called “Examples”) page to see what their colleagues were creating. Learning from the feedback we received during the usability testing, we aimed to create a new website that is more simple and improves user experience.

Oct 2018 – Card Sorting Activity

card sorting activity

photograph from the Card Sorting Activity (by Rie Namba -CC by SA 3.0)

On Oct 2018, with a small group from the Library and CTLT (Erin Fields, Cindy Underhill, Will Engle, Lucas Wright and Rie Namba), we designed the new architecture for the new Open UBC site, and did a “card sorting activity” to map out existing pages in the Open UBC site to the new architecture. As a result, we had gaps with resources in Research, Data, and Access sections.

March 2019- Sprint

On March 2019, we organized a sprint and invited a group of expertise (Erin Fields, Stephanie Savage, Rie Namba, Will Engle, Leonora Crema, Matthew Vis-Dumbar, Sarah Parker, Alex Kuskowski, Eirian Vining) to create a “Get Started” page for “Research” “Data” and “Access”. The summary of the sprint can be found in the wiki page below:

Open UBC Website Sprint March 2019

March 2019 ~ Aug 26 – Iteration

During this period of time, we worked on an iteration of the new Open UBC site. We asked feedbacks for the new Open UBC site from the Open UBC Working Group , which is a working group that supports emerging and ongoing open projects at UBC and beyond. We then edited the new Open UBC site according to the feedback.

Give us Feedback and Contribute to the Open UBC site

If you are excited about contributing to the Open UBC site, there are various ways that you can contribute to the site:

 

When: April 9, 5-6:30pm

Where: Koerner Library, 3rd floor entrance by the fireplace

Register: It’s Free!  Just register so we can get a handle on catering.

 

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Koerner Library will be hosting some of our own local poets for a night of food and verse.  Please join us and enjoy readings from:

Kevin McNeilly, UBC

  • Kevin McNeilly writes poetry and critical non-fiction, and collaborates with creative musicians on text-based performances and recordings. His first collection of poems, Embouchure, appeared from Nightwood Editions in 2011. His poems have appeared in such journals as Canadian Literature, Event, The Malahat Review, West Coast Line, The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, Descant and Ariel

Renee Saklikar, SFU

  • Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle about her life from India to Canada, from coast to coast. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary publications including The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Review, PRISM international, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain, Ricepaper, CV2, Ryga: a journal of provocations, Geistand Arc Poetry Magazine and is forthcoming in the recent anthologies, Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest and Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner, SFU

  • One of the unsung forces in Vancouver of poetic prowess and community building is Elee Kraljii Gardiner. She is an adjunct member of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and a freelance writer who teaches creative writing at the Carnegie Community Centre. She is the director of “Thursdays Writing Collective” and the founder of Otter Press.

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.

The readings will take place on the 3rd floor entrance level of Koerner Library by the fireplace.

Up (2009)

By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years younger, inadvertently becomes a stowaway.

Directed by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson 

Genre: Animation/Comedy

Run time: 96 minutes

Join us for popcorn and a movie in Koerner Library, Room 216 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM!

http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4837

 

Scott Pilgrim vs The World, based on a series of graphic novels, is a lighthearted popcorn flick about love and music. The perfect film to watch on a lazy weekday afternoon when you’re supposed to be doing homework!

Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

Directed by Edgar Wright

Genre: Action/Comedy

Run time: 112 minutes

Musician Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) falls for the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers. But she comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona’s heart.

Get the hot girl. Defeat her evil exes. Hit love where it hurts.

Join us in Koerner Library, Room 216 on Friday, February 21, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM!

Register: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/4800

 

This workshop will introduce you to a variety of alerting tools for conferences, calls for papers, and funding opportunities in the humanities and social sciences. You will learn the different scholarly activities available to you, databases and web tools for locating these opportunities, and alerting tools such as RSS feeds for receiving updates.

 

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