Boost use and visibility of your scholarship with open access
October 26, 2016, noon – 1:30 pm
Davis Center 422 (Jost Foundation room)
Join the University of Vermont Libraries in celebrating Open Access Week (October 24 – 30, 2016) on October 26th with a panel discussion in the Davis Center’s Jost Foundation Room at noon. Light refreshments will be served.
A growing movement is using tools such as open access journals and repositories to transform scholarly communications on a global scale. Open access refers to literature and published research results that are made available online without access restrictions or fees and with minimal restrictions on use.
Featured speaker Dr. Meredith Niles presents “Creating an open access impact within and beyond the university.” In this talk Niles will discuss what open access is and how you can make your work more open, as well as dispel some of the myths that exist about open access. Dr. Niles will also reveal how open access has helped her in her career and ways that open access has advanced scientific research and public benefit globally.
Library associate professors Laurie Kutner and Donna O’Malley will share useful information about open access resources available to the University of Vermont community, including ScholarWorks @ UVM, an institutional repository and open access publishing tool that is sponsored by the UVM Libraries.
Dr. Meredith Niles is an assistant professor in the Food Systems Program and Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont. She completed her BA in politics at The Catholic University of America and a PhD in Ecology at the University of California at Davis. Meredith was a post-doctorate research fellow in sustainability science at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she also collaborated with the Harvard Business School on a dairy sustainability case study with Nestle. Dr. Niles’ work focuses on the nexus of agriculture, food and environment specifically climate change and food security and farmers’ adoption of sustainable practices and perceptions of environmental policies. Dr. Niles is a long-time advocate of open access as an early career researcher. She has been recognized for her leadership in open access policy, as a key member of a coalition that helped pass the first state open access legislation for public health research in California. She also served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the US National Association of Graduate-Professional Students representing more than 600,000 students in Washington D.C. where she worked with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition (SPARC) to advocate for federal policies for open access, data and educational materials. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) as their first ever early career researcher, and she’s been recognized for her open access leadership by receiving the inaugural “Next Generation Leadership Award” from the Right to Research Coalition.
Laurie Kutner is a Library Associate Professor in the Information and Instruction Services Department at Baily/Howe Library. She is the subject liaison to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, the Environmental Program, Anthropology, Geography, and Global and Regional Studies. Laurie is interested in disparities in information access on a global scale, and she conducts work in Monteverde, Costa Rica, building open access digital collections of research-based materials generated there. Her scholarship has focused on these projects in the context of global information equity; internationalization and the academic library; and environmental information literacy. She has worked with libraries in Costa Rica and Peru.
Donna O’Malley is a Library Associate Professor in the Dana Medical Library where she coordinates digital projects and systems. Donna leads the UVM Libraries Institutional Repository group, coordinating the growth and development of ScholarWorks @ UVM. Donna’s research interests center on scholarly communication, including software tools for accessing and organizing published scholarship, as well as methods for facilitating the publishing and sharing of research. She is the recipient of two awards that funded the addition of digital images of the library’s medical history collections to ScholarWorks @ UVM. She has published several journal articles on the efforts of librarians to promote faculty scholarship.