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

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 – Polytechnic University Library – Fraser University Library – Rivers University […]
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New UBC OER Fund Announced

A new #UBC OER Fund was announced today. Up to $250,000 per year in grants is available to support affordable & inclusive access to learning materials through the adaption, adoption, development, and integration of #OER within UBC credit courses. Details at: