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Open Access Keynote: The Impact of Open Access at UBC Library

Open access is a movement that supports the free availability of literature to the global community by making the outputs of knowledge production available on the public web. This not only supports users’ ability to read, search, and distribute full-text content but also institutions, like the academy, to provide access without the financial, legal, and technical barriers associated with publishing bodies. To date, the operationalization of Open Access content in UBC Library has mostly followed pathways that have been constructed for licensed content. This session will provide an overview of open access and explore functional areas of UBC Library including access & discoverability, licensing & permissions and budgeting on how a greater transition of paywalled content to Open Access could impact and what might be done for preparation.

Join Donna Langille (Community Engagement Librarian, UBCO) and Erin Fields (Scholarly Communication and Open Education Librarian, UBCV) for a brief overview of open access, followed by a keynote address by Sheldon Armstrong, Associate University Librarian, Collections Library Administration.

Sheldon Armsrtong Associate University Librarian, Collections
Sheldon Armstrong began his Library career in 2003 as a Cataloguer at the National Research Council, and in 2005 transitioned into a role there as Electronic Resource Librarian. He made the move to the West Coast after accepting a role as UBC Library’s Electronic Resource and Licensing Librarian in 2014, and since 2016 has served as the AUL for Collections. His experience includes license and cost negotiations with publishers, access methodologies, discovery layers, budgeting (specializing in CAD/USD exchange rates!), and as an AUL helping set strategy for the Library.

Erin Fields Open Education & Scholarly Communications Library, UBCV 
Erin Fields (she/her) is an Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of British Columbia. Erin was the 2019-2020 Open Education Visiting Program Officer for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL/ABRC). She is the recipient of the 2018 Award of Excellence in Open Education and the Open Education Research & Advocacy Fellowship with BCcampus. Erin was also one of the 2019 UBC Open Educational Resource Champion recipients, a recognition from the UBC Vancouver Alma Mater Society, the VP Academic and Provost, and UBC Library.

Donna Langille Community Engagement Librarian UBCO
Donna Langille (she/her) is the Community Engagement Librarian at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus, located on the unceded territory of the syilx Okanagan peoples. She is a 2020-2021 SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow. Her professional interests include open education, public scholarship, and the digital humanities.

Location Details:

This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. Registration closes at the same time.

If you have any questions, concerns, or accessibility needs please email donna.langille@ubc.ca.


Join UBC Vancouver Library, UBC Okanagan Library, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology (Vancouver), and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (Okanagan) for a week of sessions on various topics related to open access to research and education.

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Monday, October 19, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am
  All UBC Students     Faculty     Staff  
  Open Access Week     Open Scholarship  
Erin Fields, Donna Langille, Sheldon Armstrong & Mathew Vis-Dunbar
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