On the occasion of this university awarding an honorary Doctor of Laws to John Willinsky at Fall Convocation, the Simon Fraser University Library is pleased to host a special presentation by this innovator in scholarly communication.
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time: 10am – 11am
Place: Thesis Defence Room, Room 2020, 2nd Floor, WAC Bennett Library, Burnaby, BC
Cost: Free – drop-in
The Public Revolution in Scholarly Communication: A Presentation on the Public Knowledge Project
What does the open access movement’s transformation of scholarly publishing mean for the daily lives of faculty members, librarians, and students? How can the academic community support and provide wider public and scholarly access to scholarly research and publications via open access and other alternate publishing models? Are there ways for researchers, journal editors, and academic librarians to alter the democratic quality and contribution of scholarship in this changing environment for scholarly communications?
John Willinsky is currently on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Education and the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education. He is also the founder and director of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a research and development initiative directed toward improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research. Through its partnership with the SFU Library, among others, PKP is responsible for the development and ongoing support of Open Journal Systems (OJS) that is used by some 3,000 online journals around the globe. He is one of the most eloquent champions of open access to research and the more general topic of scholarly communications. He has written numerous articles and monographs, and is much in demand as a speaker on these topics (most freely available at http://pkp.sfu.ca/publications).
Please join us in celebrating the university’s recognition of his contribution and for what is bound to be a thought-provoking presentation.
For further information contact:
Brian Owen, Associate University Library & PKP Associate