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Open Access & the Library of the 21st Century: A Discussion of the Open Access Initiatives and Practices at Carnegie Mellon University Online

As publishers and funders have used various methods or requirements to stimulate the adoption of open access, academic libraries have sought to alter their role in further supporting their authors and researchers. Evolving from supporting the mechanisms to OA with institutional repositories or Article Processing Charge (APC) Funds, universities like Carnegie Mellon have taken the responsibility to take direct action upon themselves through replacing the ‘Big Deal’ agreement with models focused on “read and publish” that see scholarly publishing as a single service covering both readership and publishing. As one of the world’s leading universities, the University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon shifted in 2020 towards licensing agreements that would allow CMU authors publishing with Elsevier, ACM, and PLoS, to focus on publishing their works open access by default.

Our university bears the name of business titan and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, whose personal donations defined the library of the 20th century. Carnegie was driven by his desire to make knowledge and education accessible to the working class, so they would have the tools to better their own condition.

This Open Access Week 2020 event will present a brief history of open access at CMU, followed by a lively discussion with faculty and graduate student authors supported by the recent agreements, the CMU APC Fund, and other open access initiatives and services at CMU. Panelists will discuss their individual and disciplinary insights and perspectives. The event will conclude with Dean Keith Webster presenting a brief perspective on the future of advocacy and leadership in open access at CMU, as we seek to build upon our founder’s legacy and define the library of the 21st century.

Host:

  • David Scherer, Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant

Panelists:

  • Iain Cruickshank, Research Scientist, Institute for Software Research
  • Kris Dahl, Professor, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Materials Science & Engineering
  • Cole Gleason, PhD Student, Human Computer Interaction Institute
  • Molly Lewis, Special Faculty, Psychology & Social and Decision Sciences
  • Shawn Litster, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Chair:

  • Keith Webster, Dean of University Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives
Date:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time:
10:30am - 12:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Campus:
Virtual Event
Online:
This is a virtual event. A URL to participate will be sent via a reminder email 24 hours before the event.
Registration has closed.

This event is part of CMU Open Access Week 2020.

Event Organizer

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David Scherer

David Scherer (he/him) is the Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant with the University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University. In his role, he develops and oversees the sustainable programmatic scholarly communication and research curation solutions, services, and workflows, which support the scholarly communication ecosystem at CMU. David brings expertise and knowledge in the areas of copyright, open access, rights management, author identity management, publishing practices, and research communications. David is the primary point of contact for the CMU APC Fund, Co-Founder of the CMU Library Publishing Service and serves as the Operational Lead for the CMU Elements Research Information Management (RIM) Initiative.

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