Florian Ehrensperger Guide to Open Access Monographs – the future of scholarly communication in the humanities

Judy Hu Open Access Resources for Asian American Studies

Dana Logalbo & Jonathan Schatz Libre Knowledge

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May 28 class powerpoint and advocacy strategies for open access in agriculture

Powerpoint:   May 28 LIBR 559K presentation

Advocacy strategies for open access to the agricultural literature – summary of class discussion

Tension between public good and agribusiness – talking points

  • taxpayer funding
  • impacts everyone – whole world – we all eat (are food consumers)
  • food security / avoiding starvation and famine
  • food safety
  • how much funding to research on turf & lawn as compared to food? what’s more important?
  • linkages with health and environmental science
  • counter to disinformation (e.g. pesticides)
  • agribusiness – tie conditions to subsidies?

Agriculture as a public good – possible alliances

  • small / family farms
  • rural populations
  • organic farmers
  • farmers’ market customers

Strategies for talking with agricultural researchers

  • medicine has prestige and lots of OA / good role model
  • can the farmers who might benefit from this research access your articles?
  • adapting information to local conditions (an argument for re-use?)

Comment: I was very impressed with this discussion, and will be cross-posting to my own scholarly blog and elsewhere!

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May 14th class

Great class today – excellent presentations and discussion!  My powerpoint from today’s class can be found here:

Note that some of the links for resources we talked about today can be found from the presentation signup wiki. Other links to things that we looked at follow.

Examples of journals

Stream SFU communications grad student journal. All-volunteer. Potential for funding from grad caucus?

Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research open access practitioner journal, volunteer / in-kind.

Living Reviews no more static reviews that quickly become outdated?

SFU Theses one example of how open access archives have transformed access to theses. Note that this applied to grey literature in general.

Open Access Journals Support in Canada cross-country survey of university presses and libraries re: technical and actual / potential economic support for open access journals. Example of presentation made available in archive about a year (at least) before completion of writing of the first draft of an article to submit for peer review.

Houghton Studies (economic studies of the impact of switch to OA for several countries)

Full open access to articles – with library savings of 70% Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics

Mendeley – academic reference management software. Webinar for librarians Fri. May 20 7 – 8 a.m. PST

Poincare conjecture – solved by Grigori Perelman who posted to arXiv and never published

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Welcome to open access class 2011!

Welcome to open access class 2011! To view the 2008 course blog, go to  To view the course syllabus, go here

LIBR 559K is a one-credit class held over 2 Saturdays, May 14 & May 28. As you may have guessed from the course title, we will be learning lots about open access – definitions, open access archives, open access journals, policies, initiatives & tools.  As part of the class you will do a very brief (no more than 5 minutes) presentation; the sign-up wiki is here. The assignment involves developing a little something for the web to help advance open access, whether a subject guide to open access resources, tutorial or other learning object, or helping to launch a new list for the Open Access Directory!  If desired, you could make a short video for your assignment, and enter the Sparky contest Open Up! Show why open access matters to you, (entry due May 26, 2011).

If sharing your work openly on the web is not for you, no worries, we will be briefly discussing privacy in the online environment and alternatives will be available.

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