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

Tips for Living Openly: Publish in Open Access Journals

This is the first of a series of monthly posts about ways that those of us working in libraries can support open access (OA) to research. The first tip is to publish library and information science (LIS) research in OA journals. Based on an analysis of a list of LIS journals compiled by the Centre for Evidence […]
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Open Access Week 2018

Open Access Week is here! This year’s theme is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” To find out what’s happening both locally and around the world visit openaccessweek.org’s event page. Many libraries are screening a recent documentary called Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. If you cannot make it to a screening, watch it online! Paywall: The […]
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New: Issue Briefs!

Over the summer the SCWG finalized the following two issue briefs intended to share information on scholarly communications topics with COPPUL members and beyond: Evaluating Open Access & Avoiding “Predatory” Publishers (2018) Funding Support for Open Access Journals (2018) We hope that the information these provide is helpful to others dealing with the evaluation of, […]
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Be Our Guest

Contributions to the SCWG blog are welcome. Content should be relevant to COPPUL members and address topics related to scholarly communications. This might include information about: Best practices and lessons learned working in the field of schol comm. New initiatives launched by COPPUL members or others. Perspectives and findings shared in recent articles and reports. Opportunities, including calls […]
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Fair Dealing Week

Fair Dealing week is February 26th-March 2nd, 2018. In honour of this week, a number of activities are going on. The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is seeking personal stories that demonstrate how individuals benefit from fair dealing. More information about this initiative can be found here: https://librarianship.ca/news/fair-dealing-in-canada-cfp/. The University of Alberta’s Copyright Office […]
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Scholarly Communications Training Day May 18 in Edmonton

Note: Registration has now closed. We look forward to seeing everyone in Edmonton in May! Registration is now open to all staff at COPPUL member libraries for the first annual Scholarly Communications Regional Training Day at MacEwan University in Edmonton. The day will feature a number of talks, panels, and activities, and will be preceded by […]
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Copyright Librarian Starter Kit

Are you a copyright librarian or tasked with copyright responsibilities in your position? The “Copyright Librarian Starter Kit” is a free one hour webinar taking place on Thursday 1 February at 11 am PST. Emilie Algenio, Copyright/Fair Use Librarian for Texas A&M University Libraries will be offering insight on the role of a copyright librarian, […]
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Elsevier: Friend or Foe?

A purposefully provocative piece on Elsevier saving libraries money through Big Deals was recently published in the Scholarly Kitchen blog. Esposito (2018) argues that libraries should continue to negotiate pricing, but must realise the cost savings from purchasing from large publishers like Elsevier. The author describes the relationship between libraries and Elsevier as a “win-win”. […]
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ABC Copyright 2018

Missed out on Harvard’s CopyrightX course this year? Want to learn more about current Canadian copyright issues and initiatives? ABC Copyright 2018 takes place 31 May to 1 June in downtown Vancouver, hosted by Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia. This conference is relevant and applicable to anyone working in libraries, higher education […]
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New OA eBook: Library as Publisher

Looking for some inspiring reading over the break? Sarah Lippincott’s new publication, Library as Publisher: New Models of Scholarly Communication for a New Era, is available as an open access ebook through the Charleston Briefings Series. From the blurb: Why are so many libraries going into the publishing business at a time when scholarly publishing is […]
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