Looking for schol comms PD activities in May? Consider visiting Vancouver!

If you’re a scholarly communications practitioner looking for some focused professional development opportunities this year, you’re in luck! In addition to planning a visit to Regina April 25 – 26 for our second COPPUL Scholarly Communications Training Day, you may want to think about heading to Vancouver in May! There are several related events being planned for the week of May 6 – 10, all in or near Simon Fraser University’s downtown Harbour Centre, offering many opportunities for networking, learning, and action.


May 6 and 7:

Advancing Open! (Canadian Association of Research Libraries)

Advancing Open is an opportunity for the Canadian academic library scholarly communication practitioner community to convene and explore refreshed strategies to foster open scholarship in Canada. Practitioners, who have constant immersion in the open access space, are uniquely positioned to consider activities, supports, and priorities at local, regional, and national levels that will advance open access and related open scholarship activities across Canada. More information is available here: http://www.carl-abrc.ca/news/save-the-date-advancing-open/ 

Date: Monday, May 6 (evening) and Tuesday, May 7 (full day)
Location: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (SFU), 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC (across the street from the Harbour Centre)


May 6 and 7:

PKP Spring 2019 Sprint

PKP sprints run “unconference” style, typically focusing on rapid code development for our open source publishing applications. Small, self-organized teams work together to solve common software issues or make enhancements that benefit everyone. Find more information here: https://pkp.sfu.ca/2019/01/02/save-the-date-pkp-spring-2019-sprint/

Date: Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC


May 7:

Library Publishing Curriculum: Policy Lab

The Library Publishing Coalition and the Educopia Institute are excited to host a hands-on “Policy Lab” workshop at the 2019 Library Publishing Forum based on our IMLS-funded Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing project. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 7th (the day before the Forum) at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus. While this workshop is affiliated with and will complement the Library Publishing Forum, please note that you do not have to attend the Forum to participate in the workshop. Info and registration are available here: https://librarypublishing.org/lpforum19-policy-lab-workshop/

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (full day)
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC
Instructors: Melanie Schlosser and Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute)
Registration: Limit 20 attendees, US$75 (includes breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks)


May 8:

Opening the Classroom: Publishing Open Educational Resources (preconference)

As the use of OERs continues to grow throughout the academy, this preconference will address the growing need for distinctive practices for developing, supporting, and hosting OERs as part of library publishing. The morning will consist of a hands-on textbook publishing workshop (planned in collaboration with the Open Textbook Network), and the afternoon will include panels and presentations (planned in collaboration with BCcampus). Info and registration are available here: https://librarypublishing.org/opening-the-classroom-preconference/

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (8:00am-5:00pm)
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC
Co-sponsors: BCcampus and Open Textbook Network
Registration: US$25 for morning workshop, US$10 for afternoon mini-conference


May 9 and 10:

Library Publishing Forum 2019

The Library Publishing Forum is an annual conference bringing together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; and to strengthen and promote this community of practice. The Forum includes representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works, including publishing vendors, university presses, and scholars. The Forum is sponsored by the Library Publishing Coalition, but you do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend. Info and registration are available here: https://librarypublishing.org/library-publishing-forum/

Date: Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10, 2019
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC