Based in Western Canada, we are focused on scholarly communications issues & trends.

Call For New Member & Other Updates

Call for New Member The COPPUL Scholarly Communications Working Group is seeking nominations for a new member with a strong interest in scholarly communications to serve on this active team. The term is for two years beginning July 1, 2020. COPPUL Directors are asked to submit nominations to execdir@coppul.ca by Monday, June 8 for anyone […]
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Now Open: Alberta’s Provincial OER Publishing Program!

The University of Alberta Library and the Alberta OER Technology and Infrastructure Working Group are pleased to announce the new Open Education Alberta program.  This no-fee provincial program seeks to eliminate barriers to adopting, adapting and creating open textbooks by providing Alberta post-secondary institutions with easy-to-use online publishing software. The University of Alberta Library will […]
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Call for Applications: Library Publishing Curriculum Editorial Board Members

Are you interested in contributing to an international effort to create useful documentation for institutions engaged in library publishing activities like journals, open monographs, and OER? See this call for new members for the Library Publishing Curriculum Editorial Board! From the Library Publishing Coalition blog: The LPC Board seeks applications for the Library Publishing Curriculum Editorial […]
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Open Preprint Systems

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP), creators of the widely-used open source journal publishing software, Open Journal Systems, have just released the beta version of a new tool called Open Preprint Systems.  PKP have written a two-part blog post documenting their development of OPS (The Road to Preprints (Part 1): Introducing Open Preprint Systems, and The […]
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Free CARL Webinar: Update from Coalition Publica on its Efforts to Increase Visibility and Sustainability of Canadian Journals

Thursday, March 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET Register here Please note that this event is open to all (not just CARL institutions). The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) invites you to an update and opportunity for dialogue with Coalition Publica, the joint project between Érudit and PKP to advance research dissemination and digital scholarly publishing […]
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UPDATE: COPPUL Scholarly Communications SkillShare Event April 30 – moving online

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Given recent developments in response to COVID-19, we have decided to cancel this year’s in-person SkillShare event that was planned for April 29-30 at Royal Roads University. Instead, we will offer a shortened online version of the program on Thursday, April 30 (9AM-noon Pacific Standard Time). Visit https://coppulscwg.ca/skillshare to view the revised program […]
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Big Deal Cancellations Research and Practice: an Interview with Jaclyn McLean

Heading into the 2019-20 fiscal year, the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) faced an approximate $1.1 million deficit for the acquisitions budget. In the face of this deficit, the decision was made for the University Library not to resubscribe to the big deal journal packages from Wiley and Taylor & Francis (a […]
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Library Publishing Forum 2020: Call for Proposals! *Deadline Extended*

** If you’re still on the fence about submitting a proposal, the Library Publishing Forum has extended their submission deadline to November 22!  It was great to see so many Canadian librarians at the 2019 Library Publishing Forum event in Vancouver! The 2020 Forum will be held in Worcester, MA, May 4-6, hosted by the University […]
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Save the Date! SkillShare 2020 in Victoria

The 2020 Western Canada Scholarly Communications SkillShare event (formerly known as our Regional Training Day) will be taking place at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 29 and all day Thursday, April 30. Registration will open to COPPUL members in January. The program and additional details will be posted […]
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Open Access Week

The theme for the 2019 International Open Access Week (October 21-27) is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”. Here is a list of COPPUL members libraries that are hosting events in celebration of Open Access Week. Concordia University of Edmonton – https://concordia.ab.ca/open-access-week-5-day-challenge/Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library – https://www.kpu.ca/library/Open_AccessSimon Fraser University Library – https://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/publish/scholarly-publishing/open-access/open-access-weekThompson Rivers University […]
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