ePublishing in the Scholarly Community - May 28, 2010
The Public Knowledge Project, a partnership dedicated to exploring whether and how new technologies can be used to improve the professional and public value of scholarly research, will be with us through the day, discussing their free open source software - Open Journal Systems and Open Monograph Press.
In the early afternoon, our spotlight panel will be a lively discussion about scholarly communication, featuring John Willinsky (recent recipient of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology) and members of Athabasca University Press.
Follow the live feed of the day on the McGill Library Blog. Afternoon sessions will also be webcast.
9:30-10am – Registration
Enjoy a coffee and meet other participants of the first session of the day. Located in the Cyberthèque, basement of the Redpath Library Building, 3459 McTavish Street. 40 spaces available.
10-11:30am - Open Journal Systems introduction and demo
Join James McGregor and Brian Owen to discover how scholarly communities are using Open Journal Systems. Different features of OJS will be highlighted throughout the demo. Located in the Cyberthèque, basement of the Redpath Library Building, 3459 McTavish Street. 40 spaces available.
11:30am-1:45pm lunch break
Have a leisurely lunch at one of the many restaurants near McGill.
Alternatively, grab a quick bite and take a stroll over to Congress 2010 (hosted at Concordia University in the MB building) to see Robert Darnton, Director of Harvard University Library, speak on "Technology and the Book" at 12:15pm. No registration required.
1:45-3pm - New Models for the Scholarly Monograph
John Willinsky (Public Knowledge Project), Walter Hildebrandt, Kathy Killoh, and Pamela Holway (all of Athabasca University Press) promise a lively panel looking at the changes in scholarly communication, open access, and the scholarly publishing industry as a whole. Located in the Frank Dawson Adams Auditorium, in the Adams Building, 3460 University Street. 250 spaces available.
3:15-4:30 - Concurrent sessions (please register for only one)
Open Monograph Press preview
Members of the Public Knowledge Project will give a preview of their newest software, Open Monograph Press, which does for monographs what OJS does for journals. Located in the Frank Dawson Adams Auditorium, in the Adams Building, 3460 University Street. 250 spaces available.
Open Journal Systems for Systems Staff
Learn more about OJS from Lead Developer Alec Smecher. This sessions will be an in-depth look at OJS, and offer answers to the tough questions you may have when hosting OJS. Located in the Cyberthèque, basement of the Redpath Library Building, 3459 McTavish Street. 40 spaces available.
Social media hashtag
The hashtag for the event is #ePubMcGill - please use this tag when Tweeting, blogging, or posting pictures of the event to Flickr so that those who are unable to attend can follow along.
Professor of Education, Stanford University and University of British Columbia
John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and Sometime Professor of Education at the University of British Columbia. Much of his scholarly work, including his book, The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006), winner of two outstanding book awards, is free to download on the PKP website.
Associate University Librarian, Simon Fraser University Library
Brian Owen is the Associate University Librarian for Processing and Systems at SFU Library. He is an Associate with SFU’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, SFU's Master of Publishing Program, and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). In 2007, Brian received the Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).
System Developer, Simon Fraser University Library
Formerly of the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick, James has been a PKP jack-of-all trades since 2007. He helps with support, translation, testing, documentation, teaching, research and even some development occasionally. He is based, roughly, in Vancouver.
Technical Architect, Simon Fraser University Library
Alec Smecher is the technical architect for the Public Knowledge Project, and lead developer of Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), PKP Harvester, and the PKP Web Application Library (WAL). When not actively developing PKP software, he runs workshops around the world, runs marathons internationally, and plays drums in a band.
Director, Athabasca University Press
Walter Hildebrandt established the first open access scholarly press in North America at Athabasca University in 2006. Innovations he has introduced to the press include author videos and giving press imprints to websites that have undergone critical assessment. A former director of the University of Calgary Press, Walter has been a consultant to several task forces, federations and commissions. An historian and poet, he has published over ten books. He won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry for Where the Land Gets Broken, and the Gustavus Myers Award presented for outstanding work on intolerance in North America for The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7.
Journals & Digital Coordinator, Athabasca University Press
Kathy Killoh has been involved with Athabasca University's e-journal publishing program for nearly eight years. Since 2005, she has been assisting journals transitioning to OJS. In 2007, Kathy assisted in the establishment of AU Press, Athabasca University's newest open access initiative and during this time, she also became managing editor for the journal Labour/Le Travail. In the past two years she has focused on OA e-publishing for both journals and monographs. Along with AU Press and the PKP team, Kathy has been involved with the new Open Monograph Publishing (OMP) development that will effectively assist in the movement of monograph publishing to the Open Access environment.
Senior Editor, Athabasca University Press
Pamela Holway recently joined Athabasca University Press as senior editor. She has worked in scholarly publishing for over twenty years, at the University of California Press and as managing editor at Stanford University Press and Eastern Washington University Press, and has been a strong supporter of the open access movement since its inception. After earning her BA at the University of Toronto, she studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and then pursued graduate work at Berkeley, where she majored in Sanskrit language and literature.