Task Force on Open Access and Scholarly Communication

Open Access Policy Consultation

You’re invited to share your thoughts about Western’s Open Access and Scholarly Communications, as the Provost’s Task Force begins consultations for the development of a university-wide Open Access policy.

At these one-hour Zoom sessions, you’ll learn about institutional policy options and considerations for Western. Voice questions about open access policies, your perceptions of the benefits or any concerns you have about a Western open access policy, and your specific recommendations for this policy at Western. Your input will help shape the future of Open Access across our university community.

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About the Task Force

Western's scholars and researchers would benefit from engaging in dialogue about open access (OA) and scholarly communication and from exploring how the community might best advance one of the University's core missions: the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of society. The Task Force on Open Access and Scholarly Communication, made up of faculty, librarians, students, staff, and administrators, is tasked by the Provost to discuss a broad array of issues surrounding OA and scholarly communication and to recommend key matters for consideration by Western's Senate.

Why Open Access Matters

Scholarly communication refers to "the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use."

There are many issues of import related to scholarly communication including evolving models of publishing and dissemination such as:

  • Open access;
  • Intellectual property and copyright;
  • The economics of scholarly publishing;
  • Access to scholarly information.

Open Access Explained! (LT subtitles) from Emilija on Vimeo.

For more background on Open Access, listen to these podcast episodes by Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque, produced in collaboration between Radio Western and Western Libraries:

Task Force Mandate

The Task Force on Open Access and Scholarly Communication aims to:

  • Gather information and review the broader context for open access and scholarly publishing;
  • Review relevant policies and practices at Western and other institutions;
  • Consult broadly with the campus community to inform the work of the task force;
  • Provide recommendations to Senate, on the development of a Western commitment tothe advancement of open access and sustainable scholarly communications and publishing models.

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Task Force Members

Current Members

  • Catherine Steeves, Chair (Western Libraries)
  • Bobby Glushko, Vice-Chair (Western Libraries)
  • Victoria Barroso (University Students' Council)
  • Jacquie Burkell (Faculty of Information & Media Studies)
  • Lisa Cechetto (Western Research)
  • Danica Facca (Society of Graduate Students)
  • David Litchfield (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Allan Pero (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
  • Katina Pollock (Faculty of Education)
  • Sam Trosow (Faculty of Information & Media Studies; Faculty of Law)
  • Courtney Waugh (University of Western Ontario Faculty Association; Western Libraries)

Founding Members

  • Catherine Steeves, Chair (Western Libraries)
  • Lisa Cechetto (Western Research)
  • Jacquie Burkell (Faculty of Information & Media Studies)
  • Katrina Pollock (Faculty of Education)
  • Mark Daley (Faculty of Science)
  • Sam Trosow (Faculty of Information & Media Studies; Faculty of Law)
  • David Litchfield (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Allan Pero (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
  • Joyla Furlano (Society of Graduate Students)
  • Kristin Hoffmann (University of Western Ontario Faculty Association; Western Libraries)
  • Danny Chang (University Students' Council)

Further Reading

Questions?

Contact Catherine Steeves, Vice-Provost & Chief Librarian