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Transitioning to Open Access: Action and Advocacy 

Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 9:00 - noon
Earl and Jennie Lohn Floor Policy Room
Simon Fraser University - Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

The Canadian Library Association's Task Force on Open Access warmly invites
you to join us, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
(SPARC), and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) for a
presentation and discussion on transitioning to open access.  This is a
pre-conference to the PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference 2007

Participants will learn about open access action and advocacy efforts
underway, learn more about open access and/or develop confidence in their
abilities to act as catalysts for open access, and develop a network of
colleagues with whom to share ideas and issues in your own open access

Presentation 9:00 - 10:30 


Heather Joseph, SPARC 
SPARC has been active in engaging in open access advocacy on the local
institutional, federal and international policy levels. SPARC's strategy is
focused on reducing barriers to access, sharing and use of scholarly
information, and its highest priority is advancing the understanding and
implementation of open access to research results.  Heather will provide an
update on SPARC's recent advocacy activities as well as a snapshot of the
current open access policy climate. 

Heather Morrison, CLA Task Force on Open Access 
The Canadian Library Association adopted a Resolution on Open Access in
2005. The mandate of the CLA Task Force on Open Access is to draft
recommendations on policy for CLA's own publications, draft a position
statement on open access for Canadian libraries on behalf of  CLA, and
liaise with other library associations, such as CARL.  Heather will report
on activities to date, such as drafted a response to the CIHR Draft Policy
on Access to Research Outputs, and planned. 

Kathleen Shearer, CARL 
Institutional repositories (IRs) are one of the major planks in the strategy
for achieving open access. In 2002, the Canadian Association of Research
Libraries launched an institutional repository project to support their
members in implementing IRs. Kathleen Shearer will provide an overview of
the project and discuss the opportunities and challenges for research
libraries in supporting the open access movement. 

Break 10:30 - 11:00 

Discussion Groups: 11:00 - 12:00 

The morning's speakers will briefly join each of the discussion groups,
which will be led by members of the CLA's Open Task Force. 

Depending on interests of participants, discussion group questions may

What policy and advocacy initiatives could my library undertake to promote
open access to scholarly literature? 

What policy and advocacy initiatives could the CLA and/or CARL undertake to
promote open access to scholarly literature? 

Share successful initiatives (and failures) that have been undertaken at
your institution to promote open access/changes to the scholarly
communications system.

Registration is required.  Registration is online, at

If you have already registered for the PKP conference, please register again
for the CLA preconference.  The two registrations can be combined into one
single payment if desired. 

CLA members: $40 
non-members: $50

The website for Transitioning to Open Access: Action and Advocacy is