All Sessions Located in the WLU Senate and Board Chambers

All conference sessions will be held in the WLU Senate and Board Chambers, which are located in the Paul Martin Centre.

Driving Directions:

– From the 401, exit at Highway 8 West – Kitchener-Waterloo (Exit 278)
– Follow Highway 8 to Highway 7 East/Highway 85 North to Waterloo
– Exit Highway 85 at University Avenue West
– Follow University Avenue West to campus

Our address is 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3C5.

Campus Map:

Registration Now Open

Registration for the Interrogating Access conference is now open, via our Eventbrite site here.

We’ve also finalized the conference program, which you can view here.

Our travel and accommodations page has all the information visitors to the area will need for both transportation and lodging arrangements. A block of rooms has been reserved at the conference rate of $129.00/night at the Waterloo Inn.

To make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly and ask for:

Interrogating Access Conference c/o WLU
(519) 884-0220

The cut-off date for the conference rate is Friday, January 17, 2014 so make sure you book your room ASAP.

We’ll update this page as we get closer to the conference, check back soon.

Call for Papers

The scholarly enterprise is experiencing the impact of the digital revolution simultaneous with shifting paradigms of institutional, governmental and other supports to research brought on by a worldwide financial crisis and the current rise of neoliberalism.  How are these forces affecting the scholarly ecosystem in Canada? What should those engaged in scholarship – researchers, librarians, post-secondary administrators, academic publishers, and funding agencies – anticipate for the future of scholarship in Canada? When access to resources, funding, employment, and dissemination are all in a state of flux, how should our scholarly support systems be restructured or re-visioned for the future?

Interrogating Access: Current and Future Directions for Scholarly Research and Communications in Canada is a conference designed to bring together a range of stakeholders in scholarship, particularly those working in the social sciences and humanities. Academic researchers and librarians, university and college administrators, scholarly editors and publishers, and representatives from funding agencies and scholarly associations are all invited to attend and participate to advance our mutual knowledge and understanding about current and future directions of the pursuit, support, and communication of Canadian scholarship.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (2011), will give the keynote address, providing context for the Canadian debate. Roundtables will focus on the issues of intellectual property, open access and the rise of digital initiatives in the humanities and social sciences.

We seek paper proposals from Canadian stakeholders in the scholarly enterprise on topics such as:

  • the research enterprise and financial supports for the scholar (e.g. research and dissemination)
  • the strengths and weaknesses of the Canadian research infrastructure (e.g. vetting and acquisition practices associated with libraries and archives; library collaborations and consortia; data collection, integrity and access provided by government, public and private entities; long term preservation; independent versus partnered research)
  • scholarly communications and academic capital (e.g. forms of measuring success and their strengths/limitations [metrics and altmetrics]; differentiated credit for outputs across fields; career advancement and scholarly outputs)
  • scholarly publishing and dissemination (e.g. analysis of business models; external funding; paid and volunteer labour; acquisition, marketing, production, distribution, and discovery; contexts of publication [scholarly societies, scholar-led supported by libraries, or formal publishers]; consortia opportunities)
  • peer review (e.g. established and alternative models [management and timing of the review process in the research lifecycle, blinded or open]; reliance on a gift economy of labour; credit for peer-reviewed vs. non-peer-reviewed publications)
  • intellectual property (e.g. copyright and the researcher/creator, the publisher, the instructor, the librarian, the student; Access Copyright, commercial databases and alternative business models for providing access; data mining; open access)
  • electronic publishing (e.g. relationship between print and electronic publishing models and reading practices; costs/challenges of conversion & archiving; licensing versus ownership; the ‘death’ of the monograph; publishing and academic status of electronic forms of scholarship such as blogs, websites, apps, etc.; the culture of free and open access and its effects on the dissemination of scholarship)
  • new directions and initiatives

Please send proposals of 250-350 words, accompanied by a brief bio, by August 1, 2013 to: Lisa Quinn, Wilfrid Laurier University Press,

This conference is co-sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University (with support of the Office of Research Services) and York University.  Organizers:

  • Lisa Quinn, Acquisitions Editor, Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Janet Friskney, Research Officer, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University
  • Andrea Kosavic, Digital Initiatives Librarian, York University