The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to co-present

Open for Collaboration: Is it Time for Canada to Implement a Unified Open Strategy for Higher Education?

October 22 2015, 6:30-8:30pm

Room 1430, Harbour Centre (SFU Vancouver)

515 Hastings St, Vancouver

This special event is presented in collaboration with
SFU Library, UBC Library, BCcampus, Public Knowledge Project, and COPPUL as part of Open Access Week.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To register visit: http://tiny.cc/oaweek15

Update (Oct. 16): Registration for in-person attendance is full, but you can still get on the wait list via the link above, or you can participate online via webcast: http://tiny.cc/oaweeklive

A link to the recorded version of this event will be provided here as soon as it is available.

Embedded within the vision of post-secondary institutions across British Columbia are the values of contributing to knowledge across disciplines and sharing the results of research with the local and global communities.

Spurred by the need to make higher education accessible to all, the open movement has gained ground as the Internet evolved to enable easy sharing of different forms of media. However, while the notion of “open” in higher education has been growing in British Columbia, the default scholarly approach is still closed.

It is time for the scholarly conversation to shift from “why open”, to “why not open”?

This event will feature discussion about collaboration within the open movement and role of openness in higher education in British Columbia and examine:

  • if and why BC’s universities and colleges should embrace open practices
  • what impact open access and the reuse of educational materials would have on the cost and efficacy of higher education
  • what role the governments of Canada and British Columbia should play in opening higher education

About the Speakers:

Dr. John Willinksy

Director of the Public Knowledge Project, Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University, Professor in Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the SFU Library

John started PKP in 1998 at the University of British Columbia in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship through the use of new publishing technologies. He is the author of, among other books, 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).

Dr. Juan Pablo AlperinJuan Pablo is an instructor in Publishing Studies, with research interests in scholarly publishing, and a collaborator on the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. He is currently involved in several research initiatives aimed at improving the quality, impact, and reach of scholarly publishing in Latin American, and has published numerous articles and edited two books on the subject.

David Ascher – David Ascher is VP of Product for the Mozilla Foundation, and lives in Vancouver, Canada. He’s been working with Mozilla technology since 1999, and is interested in building systems that let new audiences create on the web by providing access to easy to use and engaging authoring experiences on the web.

Inba Kehoe – Inba Kehoe is responsible for Copyright and Scholarly Communications (including publishing) at the University of Victoria. She graduated with an MLS from the University of Toronto in 1993, and has a BA in English and History. She is currently working on a PhD on open scholarship.

Clint LalondeClint Lalonde is an educational technologist and an advocate for the use of open educational resources and open education practices in higher education. Clint has worked in the British Columbia post-secondary system for 20 years, and is currently the Manager of Open Education at BCcampus where he is a project lead on the BC Open Textbook project, working towards providing post-secondary faculty & students with free and openly licensed remixable textbooks.

Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) J. RedfieldRosie is well trained (PhD from Stanford, post-docs at Harvard and Johns Hopkins), though not always well behaved. Since 2006 she’s been writing openly about her day-to-day research on her RRResearch blog, whose tagline reads “Not your typical science blog, but an ‘open science’ research blog. Watch me fumbling my way towards understanding how and why bacteria take up DNA, and getting distracted by other cool questions.” In 2011 she achieved her 15 minutes of fame by critiquing (on RRResearch) the NASA-sponsored paper claiming that bacteria could construct DNA using arsenic instead of phosphorus, and in 2012 she led a team that showed this work to not be reproducible. Lately she’s been criticizing the current teaching of genetics, and putting her money where her mouth is by developing and teaching the Useful Genetics MOOC.


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). The colloquium is sponsored by the UBC Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program, a multidisciplinary degree Program offered by the Creative Writing Program, the English Department, and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts; and the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education. Kit Pearson is the author of over thirteen books for children, including middle grade novels in all genres, short stories, picture books, and non-fiction. Her books have been published in Canada in English and French, in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, France, China, and Korea. Her books have been awarded such honours as the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature. She has received seventeen awards for her writing, including the B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2014.

Kit was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver, B.C. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from U.B.C.’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and her M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston. She worked for ten years as a children’s librarian in Ontario and B.C., and is now a full-time writer living in Victoria. For more information see www.kitpearson.com

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In celebration of World Book Day today, it is fitting to recognize the University of British Columbia (UBC) Press collections in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository.

Established in 1971 and widely acknowledged as Canada’s leading social sciences publisher, UBC Press publishes ‘high-quality works of original scholarship’ on a diverse range of research subjects: Aboriginal studies, Asian studies, Canadian history, environmental studies, gender and women’s studies, geography, health and food studies, law, media and communications, military and security studies, planning and urban studies, and political science.

In cIRcle, UBC Press has three collections: UBC Press Book Supplements, UBC Press Catalogues, and UBC Press Publications. With 34 titles in cIRcle so far, there has been over 14,430 page views and file downloads from all over the globe.

Explore UBC Press in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/440.

Did You Know?
 

cIRcle allows a more comprehensive collection of scholarly works to be submitted than may be possible in the traditional publishing world. Find published articles, books, book chapters as well as conference and working papers, reports, theses, dissertations, datasets, learning objects, multimedia materials, newsletters and administrative documents in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/ (circle.ubc.ca).

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Three books that reflect the compelling culture, geography and history of British Columbia are featured in the inaugural shortlist for a new award focused on scholarly works.

The annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia, sponsored by UBC Library and the Pacific BookWorld News Society, recognizes the best scholarly book published on a BC subject by a Canadian author.

The three shortlisted titles for 2012 are:

  • Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa (McGill-Queen’s University Press). This book explores the life of P.K. Page, an accomplished poet, painter, fiction writer, children’s author and essayist who spent much of her life in Victoria;

For the full citations on the books, please visit Shortlist 2013.

The recipient will be announced by April 2013. The inaugural prize, worth $1,000, will be awarded at a reception on May 7, 2013 at UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.  

About the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Book on British Columbia
The Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia was established in memory of Basil Stuart-Stubbs, a bibliophile, scholar and librarian who passed away in 2012. Stuart-Stubbs’s many accomplishments included serving as the University Librarian at UBC Library and as the Director of UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Stuart-Stubbs had a leadership role in many national and regional library and publishing activities. During his exceptional career, he took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books, and was associated with several initiatives beneficial to authors and their readers, and to Canadian publishing.

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