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Friday, November 6 • 2:25pm - 3:10pm
Open Access Funds: Getting a Bigger Bang for Our Bucks

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Many libraries offer open access publishing funds to support authors in paying article processing charges (APC) levied by some OA journals. However, there are no standard practices for managing or assessing these funds. This situation prompted the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Open Access Working Group (OAWG) to investigate and articulate best practices for successful open access fund management. In spring 2015, as part of this endeavor, the OAWG surveyed the 14 Canadian academic libraries with OA funds to review their criteria and collect feedback. The need for this information is increasingly important given that the sustainability of these funds is under review at most institutions. Budget constraints are forcing some institutions revisit or reconfigure these funds. At the same time, Canada’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications (effective May 2015) mandates open access for funded research and is increasing the demand from researchers who are seeking financial support from their institutions to pay APCs. This session will share the survey results, including the overview of relevant findings from international praxis and professional literature. The presenters will highlight the project’s recommendations regarding best practices for open access publishing fund management as well as other strategies developed by international agencies including SPARC. Audience members are invited to contribute comments, ideas and experiences from their own institutions. Attendees will take away ideas for establishing and managing open access publishing funds.

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Elizabeth Yates (she/her)

Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Brock University
Elizabeth Yates is a Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Brock University and a member of several groups working to advance equity for members of the 2S&LGBTQ+ community.
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Bobby Glushko

Head of Scholarly Communications and Copyright, University of Toronto
Bobby’s research and professional interests cluster around the role of the academic research library as a nexus of the teaching, research, and service missions of the university. He is particularly interested in how librarians can act as leaders in cooperation with a diverse set... Read More →
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Crystal Hampson

Assistant Librarian, University of Saskatchewan
Crystal Hampson is Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Saskatchewan, where she has worked since 2011. Prior to arriving at the University of Saskatchewan, Crystal worked in public libraries, in technical services and managerial positions, and for a library consortium. Her... Read More →
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Patricia Moore

Systems Librarian, Digital Projects and Technologies, Carleton University

Friday November 6, 2015 2:25pm - 3:10pm EST
Pinckney Room, Francis Marion Hotel