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Celebrate Open Access Week October 24-30 2016!

open access week

International Open Access Week has always been about action, and this year’s theme of "Open in Action" 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. 

Established by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. 

Open Access Week events

Join SFU Library during Open Access Week 2016 for a series of events focused on learning more about and celebrating working in the open! 

Open Research Data

Ever wondered about open data? This session will introduce scholars to finding and/or publishing open data in their research projects. Learn about the advantages of open data; the wheres and hows of repositories; resources to aid your openness; and the vibrant open data community. Of particular interest to graduate students and faculty, this session will enlighten your research practices! All disciplines welcome.


Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

What Do We Want? (We’re Not Sure!) When Do We Want It? (Hard to Say!): Reconciling the Needs of Analysis and Advocacy in Scholarly-Communication Reform

Reforming scholarly communication is a tough job, made tougher by factors that include the lack of unanimity among stakeholders as to what reform should look like (or whether it’s needed at all); the wide variety of needs and interests among the system’s stakeholders; the structural complexity of the system itself; the lack of unanimity as to what “open access” means; the heavy weight of tradition in academic practice; and the high level of emotion that inevitably accompanies discussion of these issues. The difficulty and complexity of the reform project suggest that analysis is needed, but the moral and emotional weight of the issues involved naturally lead us in the direction of advocacy instead—and advocacy and analysis are, unfortunately, natural enemies.
In this session we will review salient aspects of the scholarly-communication landscape that make reform particularly challenging, some principles for addressing those challenges, and some possible mechanisms for applying these principles to bridge perspectives, including strategies for including the all-important authors’ voice.
This talk is presented by the BC Research Libraries Group in celebration of Open Access Week 2016.
Rick Anderson, President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing & Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication at the University of Utah
Note: Coffee and refreshments will be available starting at 9:00am

Upcoming Workshops

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Open in Action: a panel discussion

Barrier-free access to research and resources is not just a nice idea: it is a necessity that is being supported with concrete actions by leaders in BC Universities. Open in Action is the theme of this year’s International Open Access Week, October 24-30. The SFU Library invites you to join us in conversation with individuals who are taking concrete actions that advance the concept of Openness in higher education, scholarship, and the community at large . These panelists will talk about initiatives they are involved in, such as those that:

  • support the development and use of open textbooks
  • investigate who uses open access journal articles and under what conditions
  • build infrastructure for scholarly publishing
  • address community needs for information

Specifically, our panelists will talk about how their work intersects with the idea of “Open” and what motivates them towards putting “Open” into action. Following short presentations, there will be a moderated discussion.


Juan Pablo Alperin, Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program and Research Associate with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University.

Gwen Bird, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, Simon Fraser University.

Rajiv Jhangiani, Faculty Member in the Department of Psychology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Will Engle, Strategist, Open Education Initiatives, UBC.


Brady Yano, Assistant Director of Open Education at SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition).

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world. For more information about International Open Access Week, please visit their website.

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Open Access Authorship & Dissemination: An Introduction to Author Rights and Publishing Choices

This session will focus on the differences between Open Access and other ("traditional") publishing models, with a focus on author rights. It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses. The session will also provide insight into publishing venues, particularly OA ones, for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.
A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does open access publishing work?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research, and how can publishing in an OA journal affect your rights?
  • What are the top OA journals in your field?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

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Adopting OER: The Why, What, and How of Open Educational Resources

Wondering why and how to integrate open educational resources (OER) in your classroom? Want to find out more about current OER-related initiatives here at SFU ?

In this workshop, we will discuss the concepts of Open Education and Open Educational Resources and how they impact quality in education. We'll be looking at how to adopt open textbooks from the BCcampus Open Textbook collection to assign to your class. We will look at issues of quality, pedagogy and impact on students. You will also learn about a variety of OER repositories where you can find open resources to complement your teaching practice and hear from SFU faculty, students and staff currently working on OER-related initiatives.

Facilitator: Rosario Passos - Advisor, Open Education (BCcampus)

Panel participants:

  • Jody Baker (CMNS)
  • Erin Hogg (ARCH)
  • Christine Dyson (SFSS),
  • Hope Power (Library)
  • Craig Scratchley (ENSC),
  • Maria Spiliotopoulou (REM/SCD)
  • Lynda Williams (TLC)

Upcoming Workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.

Upcoming Workshops

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October 24 - 30


SFU Burnaby and SFU Vancouver

Contact for further information

Rebecca Dowson,