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In the News: UBC and Abroad

 

UBC appoints new University Librarian – Susan E. Parker

“Being named University Librarian at UBC is an honour, and the highlight of my career,” says Susan Parker. “I look forward to partnering with UBC’s excellent library staff, students, and faculty as we continue to develop and deliver outstanding services, scholarly resource collections, and welcoming library facilities for the UBC community.”

Read the full announcement here

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Compute Canada & CARL-Portage – Beta Testing of FRDR

Check out the new research management tool by The Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR). ‘A joint initiative led by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and Compute Canada provid[ing] Canadian researchers a place to deposit large data sets and to improve the discovery of Canadian research data’.

Visit the FRDR beta testing site

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OA journals & Canadian universities

Canadian Universities Support Publication in and the Launching of Open Access Journals

“As Open Access journals gain in recognition across scholarly communities, Canadian universities voice increasingly vocal support for Open Access journals…”

Continue reading here

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New Research Data Centre opens at UNBC

Why are the graduate students and approved researchers smiling? It definitely has something to do with the new University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Research Data Centre.

Learn more about UNBC’s Research Data Centre

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Increase the Impact

Beyond the Beyond: Can we Increase the Impact and Reach of Scholarly Research?

From stakeholders to voters, many folks are in need of greater access and transparency when it comes to research and research outcomes.  As noted by Vicky Williams, “with increasing funder mandates for research to demonstrate broader impact – on society, policy, the economy, or the environment – research has to reach a broader audience.”

Continue reading here

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OA in the Humanities

Why Is Open Access Moving So Slowly In The Humanities? By Peter Suber

While OA has made strides over the years via open access repositories (in physics) and open access journals (in biomedicine), Peter Suber provides some insight on the “nine differences between the humanities and the sciences”.

Read the first and second of his blog posts from the new series on Open Access in the Humanities” by Blog of the APA (The American Philosophical Association)

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Upcoming OA/OE Conferences

 

 

OpenCon 2017 in Berlin, Germany

OpenCon affords a unique opportunity for “students and early career academic professionals from across the world” to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data” as well as to “develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data”.

 

OE Global 2018 in Delft, the Netherlands

The Open Education (OE) Global Conference is an “internationally diverse [one] devoted exclusively to open education, attracting researchers, practitioners, policy makers, educators and students from more than 35 countries to discuss and explore how Open Education advances educational practices around the world”.

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New BCcampus Annual Review

BCcampus 2016/17 Annual Review

Highlights of faculty and instructor partnerships and projects on the future of post-secondary learning and teaching in British Columbia

Read the review here

 

 

 

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Attend one of the many Open Education events at UBC and UBC Library throughout March. 

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons    

Date & Location: March 18 at the Belkin Art Gallery

Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Date & Location: March 19 at the Western Front Society

Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign up to participate.

 

Open Scholarly Practice

In this session, we’ll explore ideas of scholarly practice in the digital age and how they can inform or be applied to teaching and learning.

Date & Location: March 27, Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Time: 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Register for the event.

 

The Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education

 Join us to explore the goals, failures, and successes of open education. We’ll tackle such questions as: is open education succeeding in being a transformative movement that makes learning more accessible? What are the criteria and successes that should be used to measure if the open education movement is a success? What more needs to be done?

Date & Location: March 28, Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, Room 1430

Time: 5:30 to 8 :45 p.m.

Register for the event.

 

[citation needed] – Librarians Improving Wikipedia

Date & Location: March 30, Terrace Lounge, iSchool, 4th Floor IKBLC

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Join us in celebration of Open Education Week for “Librarians Improving Wikipedia.” For an hour we will work together to add reliable citations to Wikipedia articles. Come for as long as you can. Light snacks will be available.

Register for the event.

When: December 7, 2015 | 11:30am-1:00pm | Event is free of charge. Registration required.

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