Open Access Update

Submitted by Joanna Duy

On November 28, 2011, the ABQLA College and Research Section hosted an “Open Access Update” at Concordia’s Webster Library, exploring open access initiatives at the McGill and Concordia University libraries, as well as through national funding agencies.

The speakers were:

Amy Buckland, e-Scholarship, e-Publishing and Digitization Co-ordinator, McGill Library
Annie Murray, Digital and Special Collections Librarian, Concordia University Libraries
Kathleen Shearer, Consultant and Research Associate, Canadian Association of Research Libraries

Annie Murray and Amy Buckland discussed their institutions’ repositories, their contents, and how the repositories are being used, as well as ongoing efforts to engage scholars in the open access movement. Other open access initiatives were discussed, from Concordia’s pilot fund to pay for authors’ fees charged by open access journals to the creation of a sub-catalogue of open access resources at McGill. Kathleen Shearer updated us on some of the issues being faced by Canada’s funding agencies who are considering how to increase access to publicly funded research and data.

There was a good turnout at the event, with representation from public, special, and academic libraries.

The College and Research Section would like to thank our speakers for sharing their experience with open access issues, and thank all those who attended. We’d also like to thank Concordia Libraries for letting us use their space. Stay tuned for the next Section event in the spring