Open Access Week at USC: Discussions with Faculty, Students, Publishers, and Librarians

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
When: 10:30am - 2:30pm

Open Access Week is an annual program of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), which organizes global events to promote informed consideration of the potential benefits, complications, and challenges surrounding open access to scholarly information. Open access publications are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

New Frontiers in Open Access Publishing
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
How will open access publishing impact the future dissemination of your research and scholarship, regardless of the
discipline? Panelists will discuss this question and provide a brief background on the open access movement that is
changing the academic publishing landscape. Hear from academic press and for-profit publishers about new open
access ventures, and the challenges and opportunities, for both authors and readers, that open access introduces
into the scholarly communication system.

• Gail Clement, Head of Research Services, Caltech Libraries (Moderator)
• John McDonald, Associate Dean of Collections, USC Libraries
• Alison Mudditt, Director, University of California Press
• Representative from Springer Publishing, TBD


What Does Open Access Mean for the Humanities?
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
This panel will explore the implications of the open access movement for students and scholars in the humanities.
How are USC humanities faculty exploring and contributing to open access initiatives? How might contributing to open
access publications—journals, monographs, and digital networks—reshape the role and practice of scholarship,
tenure and education? How can libraries support and promote open access publishing? These and other questions
related to the challenges and benefits of the evolving scholarly communication ecosystem will be discussed.

• Tara McPherson, Associate Professor, Media Arts + Practice Division, and co-founder of Scalar and Vectors
• Arunima Paul, PhD in English, Gender & Visual Studies from USC in 2014; USC Libraries Research Assistant (Moderator)
• John Carlos Rowe, USC Associates Chair in Humanities; Professor of English, American Studies & Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature
• Deborah Holmes-Wong, Director, USC Digital Library

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