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:

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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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Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE)

The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) is a new one-year flexible and blended program jointly presented by the UBC Open Working Group, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC Library. The program will help you develop foundational knowledge of Open Scholarship, Open Education and Open Research. By completing this program you will gain the tools and strategies to become proficient in supporting and advocating for open practices. The program is intended for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students with an interest in open research, open access, open data and open education. We also invite non-UBC faculty, staff, and students at the post-secondary level to join the conversation. Depending on the program pathway that you select, you can learn about:

  • Open Education
  • Open Access
  • Open Research

Program Learning Objectives

General program outcomes for the POSE:

  • Develop an understanding of open scholarship in higher education and the intersections of each area: open access, education, data, and research
  • Develop strategies to address potential risks and challenges when planning to engage in open practices
  • Be prepared to support and develop open education, open access or open research projects
  • Create an open project with the support of UBC experts and receive feedback from peers

Program Format

To support participant flexibility, the program is composed of online self-paced modules that you can complete throughout the year. You are also required to participate in 3 online synchronous sessions during the program. Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Key Dates

  • August 19: 1-2:30 pm: Kick-Off Session
  • December 7, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Midpoint Session
  • April 19, 12-1:30 pm – Wrap-up Session

Time Commitment

This program is designed to take no more than 3 hours per month including synchronous workshops, online modules, and activities. The program should take approximately 21 hours to complete.

Registration Information

To register for the POSE program, please complete the registration form . We will get back to you with information about the next steps. We are looking forward to learning and working with you to further open education and research at the University of British Columbia.

Open UBC is developing a series of workshops on various aspects of Open Scholarship in the upcoming months.

Three webinars are currently scheduled (see details below) and as more become available they will be posted on the UBC-Vancouver Library’s event calendar.

These workshops are open to all students, staff and faculty.

Moving your Open Educational Resource Project Forward
• Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
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Finding, Using, and Remixing Open Resources For Your Courses
• Date: Monday, May 4, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
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Copyright and Licensing for Open Educational Resources

• Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
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Discoverability and Sharing Open Educational Resource
• Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
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Open Pedagogy with Omeka: Creating Digital Exhibits
• Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:oopm
• Registration:

Event Date

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 9:00am to 12:00pm


CapU Lonsdale, North Vancouver – Room 222 (A/B)


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Organized by the BC Open Education Librarians (BCOEL) group with sponsorship from BCcampus, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Capilano University, Langara College, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia.

Save the date! On March 3rd, please join us for this Open Education Week event showcasing the impact of open educational resources, tools and practices on teaching and learning in some of BC’s post-secondary institutions. This event will feature a series of brief talks by practitioners about innovative and open projects underway at a range of local institutions. Attendees can also choose to sign up to briefly speak about an open education project or initiative from their own practice. We will be streaming the event online at this link.

Featured speakers include: Tim Carson (BCcampus), Agnes d’Entremont (UBC), Chad Flinn (BCIT), Laurie Prange-Martin (Capilano), Julian Prior (Langara), Arleigh Reichl (Kwantlen) and Kate Shuttleworth (SFU).

Open Education Week (March 2-6, 2020) is an annual, global event that aims to “raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide.”

Creativity in the Arts: The Role of Copyright


Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 1:00pm to 4:15pm


British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Downtown Campus, Atrium Room, 8th floor (Room 825)

Full Details and Registration (please register by Feb. 18)

On Tuesday February 25, to mark Fair Dealing Week, SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, VCC, and BCIT invite you to an afternoon of presentations and discussion exploring the impact of copyright and fair dealing on artists working in a variety of disciplines. Light refreshments will be served.

Keynote: Copyrights to the Rescue! (Or Not)

Brianne Selman, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian at the University of Winnipeg and co-investigator on the Cultural Capital Project

Brianne will talk about this collaborative research project that explores the history of the increasing concentration and corporatization of the music industry and investigates a new model of remuneration. Brianne will describe this new model and the theoretical trajectories, legal ramifications, and technical components involved in creating a non-profit patronage system and social network that would directly connect musical artists and fans. Ideally the system would facilitate the payment of both artists and their fans for their creative efforts, while also crafting legal and theoretical arguments for a more open copyright regime.

Panel: Copyright and the Creative Arts

Following Brianne’s talk there will be a panel discussion moderated by Martha Rans, the Director of the Artists’ Legal Outreach. The panel brings together Vancouver-based artists working in a range of creative disciplines for a discussion of how and when artists have to consider copyright, how copyright intersects with the practice of artists, and what this entails. This is an area that is not often addressed in detail in post-secondaries, yet is a growing area of concern and interest for both students and copyright professionals in higher education.


Joanna Garfinkel, dramaturge at Universal Limited theatre company
Josue Menjivar, graphic novelist and illustrator, instructor at Langara College
Sean Penney, video game designer, CPO Pocket Pinata, Inc.
Evann Siebens, video and performance artist

UBC Library hosts exhibit honouring Vancouver icon John Fluevog. The exhibit, located in the David Lam Management Research Library and Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre runs until the end of the year.

Join Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC for an exciting half-day celebration of Open Access Week (Oct 21-27, 2019). This year’s theme from SPARC is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge. Our keynote speaker, Jessie Loyer, will explore this question alongside participants through the lens of decolonization. The conversation will continue with local panelists engaged in open knowledge work.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of our partner BCcampus. All are welcome.

Date: Tuesday, October 22 2019
Time: 12:30pm-1pm (check-in); 1pm-4pm (program)
Place: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond BC; Wilson School of Design, room 4900
Cost: Free! Registration requested.

Summary of Jessie’s talk
Sometimes when folks are in the midst of a monumental, feel-good shift, they fail to realize who has been excluded from that space. Librarians and scholars have been advocating the ideals of open access for many years and have seen the exciting changes the movement creates for public knowledge. Yet we rarely think about whose voices are absent and the structures of power that limit this project. Together, we’ll query our positionality in these spaces, and consider how the politics of refusal and an ethic of care might intersect to complicate the open access movement, potentially creating futurities of reciprocity. If rethought as a tool of resurgence, open access can support justice.

About Jessie
Jessie is Cree-Métis and a member of Michel First Nation. She is a liaison librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary, a guest on Treaty 7 and Blackfoot territory. Her research looks at Indigenous perspectives on information literacy, supporting language revitalization, and creating ongoing research relationships using a nêhiyaw minâ otipêmisiw concept of kinship.

We respectfully acknowledge that our host, KPU, takes its name from the Kwantlen First Nation and is located on the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem peoples.

Science Literacy Week (September 16-22, 2019) is an annual celebration of science in Canada, in which libraries, universities, museums and other partners offer events and displays to highlight research and learning at our institutions.

This year focuses on the OCEAN, a perfect theme for a country that borders the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Ocean research covers a breadth of disciplines, including oceanography, coastal communities and livelihoods, marine biodiversity, climate change, health, law, transportation, and more. In addition, the ocean inspires many beautiful works of fiction and poetry.

All branches of the UBC Library on both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will showcase items from their rich collection of ocean-related books, films, and even puppets.

Come and see what’s on offer at the following locations:

  • Asian Library
  • Biomedical Branch Library
  • David Lam Library
  • Education Library
  • Koerner Library
  • Law Library
  • Music, Art and Architecture Library
  • Okanagan Library
  • Rare Books and Special Collections
  • Woodward Library
  • Xwi7xwa Library

For more details about the book displays and other activities, please visit: UBC Library Guide to Science Literacy Week.

The Public Knowledge Project at 21: Activism, Scholarship, Security Patches
A Conversation with Professor John Willinsky

Co-hosted by the UBC Library and the UBC iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies)

Date/location: July 11, 2019, 2:00-3:30pm (a one-hour talk followed by thirty minutes for informal conversation and refreshments)
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room | UBC Vancouver Campus
Light refreshments will be served.

Register in advance at:

On or around December 1998, a UBC professor of education inadvertently stepped out of his field of study and into the realm of scholarly communication, having been thrown off course by a glaring contradiction between teaching the young to read – on the promise that it would open worlds for them – and working in an academic system that needlessly cut such readers off from the world of learning in which he worked. His response was to create a Public Knowledge Project that soon attracted the attention, support, and, at one point, the censure of The University of British Columbia Library. Although this talk begins on a personal note, it soon leaps ahead to the current state of scholarly communication. Here, it sets out PKP’s continuing efforts to open that world of learning take the form of building out open infrastructure in the face of corporate lock-in, initiating economic models for universal open access, and proposing copyright reform as an advance over the legal workarounds of open access policies.


John Willinsky is Professor in Publishing Studies at SFU, where he directs the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which conducts research and develops open source scholarly publishing software; he is also Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, his books include the “Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED” (Princeton, 1994); “Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End” (Minnesota, 1998); “Technologies of Knowing” (Beacon 2000); and “The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship” (MIT Press, 2006).

Part-time position, in partnership with Public Knowledge Project.

In 2016, John Willinsky was honoured with a SSHRC Impact Award for his work with the Public Knowledge Project.

Image courtesy: Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library


Last month, SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, Douglas, VCC and JIBC participated in the yearly Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week event comprised of presentations followed by a discussion about the value of “fair dealing in a modern Canadian context and highlighting the perspectives of diverse copyright stakeholders”.


Watch the archived event Balancing the scales: The role of fair dealing in Canada (Parts One, Two, Three and Four)


Explore related items in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository via UBC Library’s Open Collections portal:



Canadian copyright legislation and archival material


The acquisition of literary papers in Canada


Building open cultures: the Commons in a digitally networked environment


Moral rights of authors in international copyright of the 21st century: time for consolidation?


Application of the right of reproduction to the internet: should browsing be considered copyright infringement?


Digitally archiving Hula-related objects


Developing countries and the international copyright regime: the neglected issue of cultural survival


Contested rights in cyberspace


UBC Library: Fall update


The Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education








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