Getting Started with Open Access

Journals continue their transition to becoming increasingly digital publications, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition to these changes in scholarly output, the process of research is also changing due to mandates from funding agencies to publicly share research findings and data. In this workshop, Emily Puckett Rodgers and Meredith Kahn will provide you with tools, techniques and advice on how to successfully engage with emerging open publishing practices in your own library.

After participating in this event, you will:
  • be able to recognize foundational aspects of these trends in order to understand, evaluate and apply open scholarly practices at your own institution;
  • know techniques to develop a customized elevator pitch to your faculty or administration when they have question about these issues;
  • be able to engage with these trends in your own library.


Emily Puckett Rodgers is special projects librarian for the Operations, Research and Learning and Teaching units at the University of Michigan Library. She assists University of Michigan Library decision makers with major initiatives and projects, including assessment and evaluation of services and collections. Previously she served as the open education coordinator for the University of Michigan Medical School's Open Michigan initiative. In this position she focused on building a community of scholarly and academic resource creation and sharing. She facilitated training, outreach and workshop activities to inform the academic community about open educational practices, tools, resources and legal considerations.

Meredith Kahn is the publishing services and outreach librarian at the University of Michigan Library. She serves as the primary liaison for Michigan Publishing, a unit of the University Library, which provides both education and outreach for publishing and scholarly communication, as well as services for journals, monographs and experimental digital publications. She regularly teaches workshops on scholarly communication topics and works closely with authors and editors to make their scholarship available via Michigan Publishing.


How to Register

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individualand group rates.