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Open UBC 2012 Events

UBC is once again participating in the International Open Access Week. Open UBC events will be held over two days (October 31 and November 1) in conjunction with UBC’s Celebrate Learning Week. The line up of speakers includes presenters from across the UBC community as well as some special guest speakers. Themes this year include: […]

Innovative Dissemination of Research Award Applications

Established by the Library in 2010, this Award focuses on new and innovative ways of communicating and disseminating knowledge. The Award honors UBC faculty, staff and students who are expanding the boundaries of research through the creative use of new tools and technologies that enhance the research findings being disseminated. To find out more about […]

Crowdfunding model to pay authors and publishers to make books OA

Just launched, a crowdfunding model to pay authors and publishers to make previously published books OA: “ is a crowdfunding site that lets book lovers pay authors and publishers to make their already-published books free to the world under a Creative Commons license.  If supporters pledge an amount chosen by the books’ rights holders […]

Harvard Says Costly Journal Subscriptions Cannot Be Sustained and Urges Open Access

In an open letter to the faculty of Harvard University, the Library’s  Faculty Advisory Council warns that the library faces a subscription crisis “exacerbated by efforts of certain publishers” to bundle journals into high-priced packages. “Continuing these subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable,” the council says. It urges faculty and students to “move […]

Demise of Anti-Open Access Bill

This week brought with it the demise of an anti-open access bill that was wildly unpopular with the research community and US Library Associations – the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699).  On Monday, the publishing company Elsevier (the rumored bill backer) publicly announced it was withdrawing support for the Research Works Act – essentially  rendering […]