University of Calgary

Reshaping scholarly communication

Oct. 31, 2012

Publicly funded research should be publicly available to every citizen: this is the goal of the Open Access movement. How best to provide such access is the topic of a presentation at the University of Calgary this Friday by Richard A. Schneider of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Open Access means free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as needed. Those who embrace it say it has the power to transform the way research and scientific enquiry are conducted.

Schneider, who was central to the adoption of Open Access at UCSF, says that the predominant system for scholarly communication has become economically unsustainable, restrictive, and critically limited in its ability to disseminate faculty research. He also offers viable alternatives to systems currently in place. At the University of Calgary, Libraries and Cultural Resources’ Centre for Scholarly Communication annually provides the largest Open Access Authors’ Fund in the country, ensuring research is available to the widest possible audience. The University of Calgary Press is one of only two Open Access publishers in the country, and plays a leading role in open access book publishing.

What: Presentation: Reshaping Scholarly Communication: Why Universities Should Adopt Open Access Policies: http://bit.ly/XUm2mK

When: Fri., Nov. 2, 2012, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Presentation, Remarks and Questions Where: Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre

Who: Richard A. Schneider University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Media contact:

Donna Livingstone
Director, University of Calgary Press T: 403-220-3511
C: 403-606-0658 livingsd@ucalgary.ca