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December 2, 2016
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Laurier Press to host conference on scholarly communication in Canada Feb. 15 and 16

Feb 12/14

Academic books and journals are at the core of university research and study. Until recently, engaging with scholarship meant students and faculty members alike spent long hours in the library, searching the stacks for books and reading print copies of journals.

Published scholarly research is a different world now, one that readers, writers, publishers and librarians are learning to create and navigate. And in the digital information environment there is growing concern about open access to the work of scholars.

Wilfrid Laurier University Press, with the support of the Office of Research and the Laurier Library, is hosting a two-day conference entitled, “Interrogating Access: Current and Future Directions for Scholarly Research and Communications in Canada,” on Feb. 15 and 16.

The event will bring together a range of stakeholders in social sciences and humanities scholarship — researchers, librarians, university administrators, scholarly editors and publishers, students and representatives from funding agencies and scholarly associations — to discuss future directions for the support and communication of Canadian scholarship.  

"The infrastructure supporting scholarly communication in Canada is undergoing a sea change, largely but not exclusively driven by technological developments,” said Lisa Quinn, conference organizer and WLU Press acquisitions editor.  

Quinn says current discussions on policy decisions about issues ranging from open access and library collections to funding and business models for scholarly publishing of both journal articles and books will affect the research and dissemination options faculty members will have moving forward, especially those whose work focuses on Canadian subjects and interests.

Saturday morning will begin with panel discussions on the scholarly ecosystem, looking at both the digital environment and funding.  

On Saturday afternoon, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communications, Modern Languages Association, will present the keynote address, discussing potential paths forward for scholarly societies and communication.  

Sunday’s sessions will focus on 21st century academic publishing, examining scholarly journals and books and at advocacy and innovation in the scholarly landscape.

The conference will conclude with a roundtable discussion, on the future of scholarly endeavours in Canada, moderated by Laurier Vice-President: Research Abby Goodrum, with invited participants: Rowland Lorimer, director of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University; Brian Owen, Public Knowledge Project managing director; and Brian Henderson, WLU Press director.

All conference sessions will be held in the Senate and Board Chamber.  

The event is co-organized with the York University Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the York Library, and with the support of the Association of Canadian University Presses.

Registration is open to faculty, students and staff from Laurier and other universities and the general public. Student and one-day rates are available. Information about accommodations and travel, along with the conference program, can be found on the conference website.


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