Open Access: Key Trends

While content recruitment at the local IR may seem slow and painful, from a global/historical perspective, the growth of open access in all its flavors is nothing short of phenomenal. The benefits of the IR for authors and for institutions will become more and more apparent in the near future. The chicken will emerge from the egg, and the IR will be seen as a great career choice. This session will provide an overview of the latest key trends in open access: why we need green as well as gold, both institutional and disciplinary repositories, and open access policies to fill the repositories. Institutional open access policies will be highlighted, introducing different types of policies, what makes for good policy, and approaches to open access policy development at the university.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic or need for the information.


Heather Morrison is a well-known open access advocate who has written and presented extensively on topics relating to open access and scholarly communication. Heather is Project Coordinator for BC Electronic Library Network, a consortium of post-secondary libraries in British Columbia, Adjunct Faculty at the University of British Columbia's School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), PhD Student at Simon Fraser University's School of Communication, author of Scholarly Communication for Librarians (Chandos, 2009), and the scholarly blog The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics.


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