Lea Starr (moderator), Associate University Librarian with Research Services at University of British Columbia
Lauri Aesoph, Manager of Open Education at BCcampus
Michael Blades, Professor of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia
Margery Fee, Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of British Columbia
Sandra Mathison, Professor of Education at the University of British Columbia
Brian Owen, Associate University Librarian for Processing and Systems at Simon Fraser University Library
Melissa Pitts, Director of UBC Press
Lea Starr, UBC’s Associate University Librarian, will moderate a panel discussion exploring the impact of open access on the field of scholarly publishing, giving special consideration to academic libraries. The panel will feature experts from a variety of backgrounds including university presses and open education advocates, and begin to tie together diverse perspectives.
Lea Starr (moderator) is an Associate University Librarian with Research Services at University of British Columbia. In the past, she managed the Distance, Regional, and Open Learning Library (then called the Open Learning Agency Library) for Thompson Rivers University.
Lauri Aesoph is Manager of Open Education at BCcampus and is currently involved with the B.C. Open Textbook Project. Prior to her decade with BCcampus, she spent 15 years writing books and articles, acting as acquisitions editor for a professional journal, and training health care professionals in integrative medicine.
Lauri will give an update on the Open Textbook Project including the developing author guidelines based on the most recent phase: creating and adapting textbooks for the 40 highest enrolled first and second year subject areas in B.C.’s public post-secondary system.
Michael Blades is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Applied Spectroscopy, a hybrid-Open Access journal.
Michael will provide a perspective on the challenges faced by small, non-profit publishers with the expansion of open access journals, and will discuss how his journal has coped. Furthermore, he will discuss the impact of marketplace forces and offer an opinion as to whether open access offers a way forward for small society publishers.
Margery Fee is a professor of English at the University of British Columbia and is also a member of the Scholarly Communications Steering Committee. Her interest in scholarly publishing comes from her role as the editor of Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review. She is also a member of the UBC Press Publications Board. Her main research area is Indigenous Studies.
Margery’s talk will focus on how open access has removed sources of income for small humanities journals–subscriptions and royalties–and on various proposals to address this loss.
Sandra Mathison is a Professor of Education at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on educational evaluation and especially on the potential and limits of evaluation to support democratic ideals and promote justice in education. She is co-editor of Critical Education, an open access journal, a member of the Institute for Critical Education Studies, and former Editor-in-Chief of New Directions for Evaluation, published by the for profit Wiley & Sons.
Sandra will sketch out the issues around academic capitalism created when professional associations’ are complicit with for-profit publishers. She will discuss the opportunities open access publishing provides for free, unfettered sharing of knowledge, research findings, and policy analysis.
Brian Owen is the Associate University Librarian for Processing and Systems at Simon Fraser University Library. He is also an Associate with SFU’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, SFU’s Master of Publishing Program, and the Managing Director for Public Knowledge Project.
Brian will discuss the impending OA policy announcements that are expected from the Tri-Councils (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) this fall and elucidate some of the perceived challenges and benefits of the proposed OA scheme.
Melissa Pitts has been working in Canadian publishing for nearly twenty-five years and is the director of UBC Press. UBC Press is among the largest university presses in Canada, as well as its leading social sciences publisher. Melissa is also a member of the Scholarly Communications Steering Committee.
Melissa will present a brief overview of how Canadian university presses are responding to OA, some of the complexities that beset the discussion, and a few ideas for the future of OA in Canadian scholarly book publishing.