The Open Access / Authors Rights Committee first worked towards developing a mutual understanding of issues in the scholarly ecosystem related to Open Access. To do this, as a group we read Peter Suber's Open Access (2012). Additionally, we collaborated with external specialists in scholarly communication to talk with our committee on disciplinary differences and concerns with Open Access. These speakers included Stacy Konkiel, who is formerly a data science librarian at Indiana University and now at Altmetric, and Micah Vandegrift, who is the Director of Digital Scholarship at Florida State University.
After plans were approved for Spring 2015 to begin educating the Library's Faculty and Staff, the Committee prepared a one-hour presentation for the Coordinators and Professional Staff on February 5, 2015.
Next up, we prepared two sessions for the Boot Camp, one on Author Rights, and another on creating Environmental Assessments of attitudes toward open access at the Department Level. See our assessment tool and results of Step One.
Finally, after in-house training, we've developed workshops for the University community that are about or involve Open Access, which have included:
Recommendations & Goals for FY 2016/2017
For more details, see our FY 2015/16 report.
The Open Access/Research Committee will focus on the area of open access and author rights. The Committee will develop a plan for educating the Library faculty/staff, as well as the University community, on the open access initiatives. The Committee will recommend the ongoing serviceds needed in support of the initative, which could include workshops, tutorials, new systems, and cross-training of some faculty/staff.