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Re-Post from Re:Gen

posted over at the Re:Generations blog this past weekend about Open Access. I’ve blogged about OA before, but thought it was a timely topic what with Open Access Week taking place last week. Check’er out!


York University Open Access Policy for Librarians and Archivists


Check out this very interesting article by Michael Geist in the Toronto Star today; it mentions York Libraries’ OA policy (and the relative failure of Canadian universities to hope on the bandwagon):http://www.thestar.com/news/sciencetech/technology/article/712135–law-bytes-canadian-universities-closed-minded-on-open-access


Awesome news from work!

I mentioned that I’m on the Scholarly Communications committee at York Libraries and that I heart open access. Soooo I was pretty stoked that the OA policy our Committee drafted was passed unanimously by our Librarians’ Group. My homeboys John Dupuis and Bill Denton, fellow lieberrians-in-arms blogged about it too. Here’s the announcement:

From h_pampel, Flickr. Uploaded on June 7, 2009; accessed October 14, 2009.

From h_pampel, Flickr. Uploaded on June 7, 2009; accessed October 14, 2009.

York University Open Access Policy for Librarians and Archivists

We are proud to announce that an Open Access Policy was passed unanimously by the librarians and archivists of York University on 1 October, 2009.

Librarians and archivists at York University recognize the importance of open access to content creators and researchers in fostering new ideas, creating knowledge and ensuring that it is available as widely as possible. In keeping with our long-standing support of the Open Access movement, York librarians and archivists move to adopt a policy which would ensure our research is disseminated as widely as possible and available in perpetuity through deposit in York’s institutional repository, YorkSpace.

Policy Statement

Academic librarians and archivists at York University1 commit to making the best possible effort to publish in venues providing unrestricted public access to their works. They will endeavour to secure the right to self-archive their published materials, and will deposit these works in YorkSpace.

The York University academic librarian and archivist complement grant York University Libraries the non-exclusive right to make their scholarly publications accessible through self-archiving in the YorkSpace institutional repository subject to copyright restrictions.


This policy applies to all scholarly and professional work produced as a member of York University academic staff produced as of the date of the adoption of this policy. Retrospective deposit is encouraged. Co-authored works should be included with the permission of the other author(s). Examples of works include:

  • Scholarly and professional articles
  • Substantive presentations, including slides and text
  • Books/book chapters
  • Reports
  • Substantive pedagogical materials such as online tutorials

Works should be deposited in YorkSpace as soon as is possible, recognizing that some publishers may impose an embargo period.

This policy is effective as of October 1, 2009 and will
be assessed a year after implementation.

Yay us! And just in time for Open Access Week!

O.A., eh oh.

As I’ve mentioned before, I was Managing Editor of the Faculty of Information Quarterly at school, but in my new capacity as an academic library, I serve on the York University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Committee. All of a sudden, instead of just complaining about the inherent evil of journal vendors, I actually have to learn about tangible issues! Ah crap!Journals

One of the movements sweeping the world of academic publishing is the Open Access movement. I didn’t realllly get it until I attended some sessions on the topic at the CLA Annual Conference. And then had to explain it to non-librarians (the true test of knowledge).

I had to sum up my job to parents, and in doing so, found myself explaining in the simplest terms possible, the whole “Open Access” movement. I told them this:

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CLA! Yay yay yay! Gooooo librarians!

I just got back from the CLA Annual Conference and Trade Show 2009 in Montreal. What a busy weekend!

The CLA conference was held at the Palaise de Congress in Montreal.

The CLA Conference was held here, at the Palaise de Congress in Montreal. Colourful!

Bruce Harpham and I presented at the poster session. Our topic – near and dear to my heart – evaluated students’ perceptions of professional development opportunities at the Faculty of Information. We looked at whether students were successful in securing employment during the summer between first and second year, and whether their career aspirations changed throughout their MISt degree. It was a great experience to follow from a research problem and design, right through to synthesis and presentation of results.

"Hello, welcome to our poster! Please, take a handout!"

"Hello, welcome to our poster! Please, take a handout!"

I went to a full roster of sessions pertaining to all sorts of cool stuff – Joseph Janes being hilarious about the future of libraries, Mount St. Vincent developing a credit-course on Information Literacy, a video-game developed to teach students about academic integrity, and how copyright is ruining everyone’s lives and destroying the whole world – delightful, fascinating topics!

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I honestly thought this day might never come.

The Housing Memory Conference Proceedings have been published! After a long, rigorous editorial process (some of which was done in the weeks after I had started work – yikes), the latest volume of the Faculty of Information Quarterly has arrived. Read the publication announcement:Image of FIQ

We are extremely pleased to announce the third volume of the Faculty of Information Quarterly: The Housing Memory Conference Proceedings (http://fiq.ischool.utoronto.ca/index.php/fiq)!

This issue is the collection of articles submitted from presenters of the Housing Memory conference, held at the Faculty of Information during March, 2009. The event – which brought together students from across North America, and featured a keynote address from Geoffrey Bowker of Santa Clara University – was a great success, and the provocative, compelling presentations given are captured through these proceedings.

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