“International Open Access Week has always been about action, and this year’s theme encourages all stakeholders to take concrete steps to make their own work more openly available and encourage others to do the same. From posting pre-prints in a repository to supporting colleagues in making their work more accessible, this year’s Open Access Week will focus on moving from discussion to action in opening up our system for communicating research.” (SPARC)

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Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. This global event, now entering its eighth year, will take place from Oct. 24 – 30, 2016.


Join us at one of the many Open Access Week events, either face-to-face or online, at participating B.C. post-secondary institutions.


“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.


Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.


Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.


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The BC Research Libraries Group (BCRLG)

The BCRLG is a ‘partnership with SFU, UVic, UBC and UNBC to program a Speaker Series that supports scholarship, fosters learning and brings awareness to our respective communities on emerging issues in the information landscape‘. The next BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series’ event will be happening on Wednesday, June 27th in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. The BCRLG is proud to present the following two speakers:

Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies at the University of British Columbia


Louise SpiteriDirector of the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

“Libraries and library roles are undergoing rapid transformation in the 21stcentury. In the face of such enormous change, some libraries are choosing non-library trained professionals to fill key new roles. Others are looking to non-library professional programs to help train library professionals in new roles. While others are demanding library education change immediately to meet the demands for new skill sets required for new library positions. Two innovative esteemed Canadian Library School Directors will speak to the many challenges facing library and information professional programs in preparing library and information professionals for 21st century roles.”

To register for this free event and learn more about the speakers, be sure to visit the BCRLG website at: http://blogs.ubc.ca/bcrlglectures/2012/06/11/breathing-new-life-into-the-profession-lis-education-in-the-21st-century/.

Did you know?

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) has a cIRcle community at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/588 with these three collections: SLAIS FacultySLAIS Research Days, and SLAIS Students. The top item in the SLAIS cIRcle community is entitled, “What is user engagement? A conceptual framework for defining user engagement with technology”. It has been viewed from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, and others. Take a moment to view it in cIRcle at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/24466 today.

Above image and partial excerpt in italics are courtesy of the BCRLG blog site at: http://blogs.ubc.ca/bcrlglectures/.

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