CRIG Forum 1 2021

SOS: Selling Open Scholarship - Innovations in librarians advocating for open scholarship

There is a delicious irony in using the term ‘selling’ when discussing how librarians advocate for open access. Apart from giving the forum a good acronym, it signals our opportunity to have a conversation around how librarians communicate in the open scholarship space.
Join us for an insider’s conversation with experts to discuss our role in advocating for open access. We will hear their reflections as we explore how to:
- communicate the complexity of OA
- explore disciplinary differences
- encourage innovations in business models
- accelerate our discussions at the institutional, national, and international level.

Wednesday 23 June, 3.00 – 4.30pm AEST

Today we will be joined by two experts in the field. After their presentations there will be a facilitated Q&A. We will use Slido for this Q&A, so please submit your questions to the speakers on the day via the Slido event link or by visiting Slido and using the event code #98058

Lucy Montgomery, Professor of Knowledge Innovation, Curtin University, and Co-Lead of the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative

Making Big Data Useful: How Data Visualisation Can Support Open Scholarship

This talk considers the role that big scholarly data might play in supporting a transition to open scholarship in an Australian context. Drawing on the very large data set and technical infrastructure developed by the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative, the presentation will look at what data can tell us about Australia’s OA performance in a global context; as well as what we might learn from countries and regions with much higher rates of open scholarship.

Martin Borchert, University Librarian, University of New South Wales

Selling Open Scholarship

University libraries are well positioned to help lead our institutions through the transition to open access, open science, open scholarship, and open education. Martin Borchert will discuss the opportunities, partnerships, infrastructure, and research culture needed to help accelerate the change to OA. Martin will provide an overview of how the Open Access Australasia (formerly AOASG) is working with CAUL to accelerate the transition to OA in Australia, New Zealand, and internationally. 

Friday 25 June, 11.00am – 12.00pm AEST

Today we will be joined by three experts to speak about their experience with OER, communicating about open scholarship, and repositories. The presentations will be followed by a facilitated Q&A. We will use Slido for this Q&A, so please submit your questions to the speakers on the day via the Slido event link or by visiting Slido and using the event code #752992

Em Johnson, Research Services Librarian, Swinburne University of Technology

Supporting Open Scholarship at Swinburne: Swinburne Research Bank and the library’s dispersed service/content management model

Articulating, advocating, and supporting open scholarship in context to research publishing and measurement is challenging, especially when resources are lean. Em’s experiences with Swinburne Research Bank, and the Library’s journey towards supporting open scholarship, reflect this. Em will take the opportunity to take a breath, look back, present her story, and show you how Swinburne are meeting these challenges.

Eleanor Colla, Program Manager, Scholarly Development (Research), The University of Melbourne

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This presentation is an exploration of Eleanor’s experiences and reflections on the language used to discuss topics such as Open Scholarship (OS). Eleanor will reflect upon how librarians discuss and present information on OS amongst themselves, with others in the institution, and across industries more broadly. This can then be extrapolated out to how librarians use language in other areas and how this influences how they interact with students, academics, and other professional staff.

Steven Chang, Coordinator, Digital Literacies and Open Education, La Trobe University
Twitter: @StevenPChang
LinkedIn: Steven Chang

OER by stealth: the Trojan horse approach

The rise of open educational resources (OER) presents a powerful enabler for designing learning and teaching programs in a modern and equitable way. However, the difficulties of successful OER outreach remains a challenging barrier to overcome.

This talk will argue that:
1)    An “open access by stealth” approach can help us frame the case for OER to academics and stakeholders in a way that centres their language and points of reference, rather than those of library staff.
2)    Developing a toolkit of evidence-based arguments is crucial to addressing misconceptions and barriers to OER adoption.