OA Beyond APCs International Symposium November 17-18, 2016 Lawrence, KS

Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs

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The University of Kansas Libraries, Open Access Network (a project of K|N Consultants), Allen Press, and SPARC are co-sponsoring an international symposium, “Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs,” in Lawrence, Kansas, on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18. The symposium will consider current models available for achieving an expansive, inclusive, and balanced worldwide open publishing ecosystem.

The symposium will provide a public, live-streamed session during which internationally respected scholars, publishers, university librarians, and executives from foundations and organizations will address advanced questions and problems in the open access movement. Additional meetings will explore the future of “openness” in scholarly publishing, responding to and furthering discussions from last December’s Berlin 12 Open Access invitational conference, which focused on “flipping” the current subscription model of scholarly publishing to one that provides free access to readers paid for by article-processing charges from authors or their institutions.

Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries, will moderate the live-streamed conversation on Thursday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. By streaming part of the symposium, the organizers hope to engage a broad international audience in a lively discussion. During the broadcast, panelists will describe their vision for an open access future. Panelists, local respondents, and the global viewing audience will be able to engage together in thought-provoking dialog to address one of the most fundamental questions in the open access movement currently: To what extent can a global academic community create an open access publishing system that is without costs to readers or authors. Watch the livestream and participate via Twitter using #KUOASymp16.


The following international group of participants will be joining the symposium at KU: Juan Pablo Alperin, Simon Fraser University; Ivy Anderson, California Digital Library; Arianna Becerril García​, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México; Raym Crow, SPARC; Martin Eve, University of London / Open Library of the Humanities; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association of America; Jean-Claude Guédon, Université de Montréal; Lorraine Haricombe, University of Texas - Austin Libraries; April Hathcock, NYU; Neil Jacobs, JISC; Heather Joseph, SPARC; Rebecca Kennison, K|N Consultants / Open Access Network; Mary Rose Muccie, Temple University Press; Williams Nwagwu, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa; Rosario Rogel-Salazar, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México​; Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco; Michael Roy, Middlebury College; Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Institute; Kathleen Shearer, COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories); Dave Shulenburger, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; and John Willinsky, Stanford University.

Participants from KU will include faculty member Marc L. Greenberg, Director of the School of Language, Literatures, & Cultures and Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Representing the Libraries will be Kevin L. Smith, Dean of Libraries; Ada Emmett, Librarian and Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright; Brian Rosenblum, Scholarly Digital Initiatives Librarian; Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communication Librarian; and Musa Olaka, Associate Librarian for African, Global, and International Studies.

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If you have questions or comments, please contact the symposium planners Ada Emmett, Rebecca Kennison, and Bob Kieft at lib_oscc@ku.edu.

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