Conference Program

All sessions to be held in the WLU Senate and Board Chambers

Saturday 15 February 2014

8:00 – 8:45:   Registration & Coffee

8:45 – 9:00:   Welcome from the Chair (Lisa Quinn)

9:00 – 10:45:   The Scholarly Ecosystem in the Digital Environment

The scholarly enterprise has increasingly felt the effects of the digital environment since the rise of the Internet in the 1990s. In 2013 we face a critical point, with researchers engaging with digital resources with varying levels of enthusiasm and expertise, research libraries negotiating how best to support scholarly research in the digital environment, and university administrators faced with potential incursions on privacy as research data resides in digital formats.

Moderator: Andrea Kosavic, Digital Initiatives Librarian, York University
Michael Ridley and Catherine Steeves, University of Guelph Library. “Towards a Pan-Canadian Scholarly Communications Infrastructure: Bringing Research Libraries and IT Together.”
Brian Owen, Simon Fraser University Library and Managing Director of the Public Knowledge Project. “New Roles (and Challenges) for Libraries in Supporting Scholarly Publishing and Dissemination.”
John Smart, Library and Archives Canada (retired). “Will Library and Archives Canada Still Exist in 2017 and How Much Do We Care?”
Carolyn Heald, York University, Information and Privacy Office. “Staying Grounded:  Privacy and Data Security Considerations for Researchers Using Cloud Tools.”

11:00 – 11:15:   Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:30:   The Scholarly Ecosystem in the Funding Environment

At the outset of their research projects, scholars face increasing competition when applying to traditional funding agencies, whose base budgets, even when stable, may be subject to redistribution in light of shifts in priorities. At the point of dissemination, subvention funds may be vital to the scholarly publishers, but the criteria for a subvention may leave their authors – and them – out of luck. Scholars and scholarly publishers are increasingly interrogating traditional funding models, and seeking alternative sources of funding.

Moderator: Janet Friskney, Research Officer, York University
Kane Xavier Faucher, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, UWO. “Tweaking the Crowdfunding Model: Supplementing Research Funding.”
Stuart R. Poyntz, Simon Fraser University, and Co-Chair, ASPP Academic Council. “The Position of the Award to Scholarly Publishing Program.”
John Wright,  Interim Director, University of Calgary Press. “Open Access Book Publishing: Options for Business Models.”

12:30 – 1:30:   Lunch

1:30 – 2:45:   Keynote Address: “The Future Is Open: Scholarly Communication and Scholarly Publics.”

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Languages Association

Since the seventeenth-century founding of the Royal Society of London, scholarly societies have been dedicated to facilitating communication among their members. For the most part, that communication has taken place through annual meetings and periodical publications. The affordances of the internet, however, have begun to change the ways that members of those societies are connecting with one another, as well as with the broader public. Moreover, calls for public access to the products of scholarly research are increasing, and often seem to be at odds with the membership-based ethos of scholarly societies. The conflict, however, is unnecessary, though its resolution will require significant changes in how we think about scholarly communication and the societies that facilitate it. This talk will explore some of those changes, describing one potential path forward into an increasingly open future.

2:30 – 2:45:   Coffee Break

2:45 – 4:45:   Conflicts over Copyright: Creators’ Rights and Users’ Rights in the Context of Scholarship

In Canada, the scholarly ecosystem is experiencing a domestic crisis over copyright even as it engages with an international one over the merits and hazards of open access. Some stakeholders advocate for the protection of creators’ rights, others are staunchly in favour of users’ rights. The divide between them has given rise to lawsuits. Librarians are ideologically inclined towards access while scholarly publishers see fault lines forming if their productions no longer offer any source of sustaining revenue.

Moderator:  Gohar Ashougian, University Librarian, WLU
Charlotte Innerd (WLU Library), Carol Stephenson (OCUL), Matthew Thomas (WLU Library) and Monica Ward (CRKN). “Access to Scholarly Output: Academic Libraries in Canada.”
Robert Tiessen, University of Calgary, Libraries and Cultural Resources. “Licensing Access: A Librarian’s Perspective on Access Copyright.”
Bill Harnum and Roanie Levy, Access Copyright. “Representing Creators: The Perspective of Access Copyright.”

5:00 – 7:00:   Reception in the Foyer of the WLU Senate and Board Chambers.

Sunday 16 February 2014

8:45 – 9:00:   Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 10:30:   Publishing Scholarly Journals in the 21st Century

Scholarly journals represent a vital component of scholarly communication in the humanities and social sciences. In the past decade, as their traditional revenue streams through subscriptions have become imperiled, many have had to rethink their business models. This panel focuses on the practicalities of funding and producing high-quality scholarly humanities and social sciences in Canada, and engages particularly in the challenges and changes brought about by increasing pressures for open access.  The format for this session will be roundtable.

Rowland Lorimer, Director of the Master of Publishing program and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University
Anne Marie Corrigan, University of Toronto Press, VP Journals Division
Cam Macdonald, NRC Research Press
Rea Devakos, University of Toronto Libraries
Douglas Peers, Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo, and Director, Development, CFHSS

10:30 – 11:00:   Break

11:00 – 12:30:   Publishing Scholarly Books in the 21st Century

Scholarly book publishing has come under considerable pressure in the past two decades with the rise of the Internet and other digital communications technologies.  The university press, which Daniel Coit Gilman once argued is essential to the modern research institution as a critical point for the dissemination of scholarship, now exists—and must re-position itself—within a larger, more diffuse information and scholarly political economy. This session will be concluded with a roundtable discussion.

Moderator: Melissa Pitts, Director, UBC Press
Siobhan McMenemy, Editor, University of Toronto Press. “The Future of the Monograph.”
Lisa Quinn, Editor, WLU Press. “Peer Review, Curatorship, and the Political Economy of Scholarship.”
Laraine Coates, Marketing Manager, UBC Press. “Marketing as Knowledge Mobilization.”

12:30 – 1:30:   Lunch

1:30 – 3:00:   The Evolving Scholarly Landscape: Opportunities for Advocacy and Innovation

A significant challenge facing the scholarly ecosystem is an evolving understanding of both access and accountability. Despite the cracks in the peer review infrastructure and the limitations of traditional metrics, demands on scholars and researchers to build a prestigious scholarly profile continue to rise. This panel will explore challenges faced by scholars transitioning from a teaching to research-based culture and will examine emerging roles for libraries in assisting with scholarly reputation management.

Shawna Reibling, WLU Office of Research, and Laurie A. Prange-Martin, Yukon College, Teaching and Learning Centre). “Scholarly Communication and the Generation of Academic Capital.”
Rosie Croft, Dana McFarland, and Kathleen Reed. “Interrogating Impact: Managing Scholarly Profile for Influence In & Beyond the Academy.”
Jeff Newman and Anne McGuire. “Beyond Accommodation: Toward Ensuring Disability Access to Information in the Academy.”

3:00 – 3:30:   Break

3:30 – 4:30:   Reflections on the Future of the Scholarly Endeavour in Canada

The organizers have invited representatives of the identified stakeholder groups—administrators, scholars, publishers, and librarians—to participate in a concluding roundtable session, to address a number of focus questions considering the programmed two days of panel discussions from their particular context of practice.  Questions include: How do you understand the principle of access within the scholarly ecosystem in Canada?  What are the key policy questions and directions are essential to ensuring a sustainable and diverse scholarly research and communications environment?

Abby Goodrum, VP Research, WLU
Rowland Lorimer, Brian Owen, Brian Henderson

4:30 – 4:45:   Closing remarks

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