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Monday, April 27 • 5:15pm - 6:40pm
Strength in Numbers: Open Networks Influencing Changes in Practice FILLING

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Individuals across organizations and roles drive the work and innovation that advances scholarly communication. Library staff and faculty who work with institutional repositories, research data management, copyright, and publishing are representative of these roles. However, the productive and informative relationships among these focused areas of practice can be obscured by everyday needs and objectives, especially in resource stressed environments.  

Framed by the premise that networks of collaboration and practice can inform and strengthen the impact of our scholarly communication work, this session will explore successful network examples and engage attendees in developing strategies to build their own communities of practice.

Toward this end, attendees will learn about three different but related types of networks. The Virginia Scholarly Communications Forum and Florida Scholarly Communications Interest Group were independently created for the broad purposes of advancing and informing new programs and services in academic libraries, documenting best practices, and fostering community where solo work is often the norm. OpenVa: Virginia's Summit on Open and Digital Learning encompasses a variety of stakeholders who actively seek to and in practice integrate open educational resources into higher education courses and programs. This group is building relationships and consensus within the state legislature to implement change. SPARC’s Right to Research Coalition exemplifies an international student community that advocates for researchers, universities, and governments to adopt more open scholarly publishing practices. Each of these networks offers lessons about group structure and dynamics, outreach, what can be accomplished with little or no funding, and more!

Conducted in a roundtable format, the session will build on information shared by speakers, with discussion and questions encouraged throughout from attendees. Submit questions to us before the roundtable so we know specifically what you are interested in learning. Content will be presented as mini-modules to assist you in developing a plan. Come with the kernel of an idea or a full-blown goal in mind to expand on, using the information and ideas shared during this session.



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Claudia Holland

Head, Scholarly Communicaton and Copyright, George Mason University
Claudia C. Holland is Head of Scholarly Communication and Copyright in the Mason Publishing Group, George Mason University Libraries. She leads the libraries’ scholarly communication initiatives and educational outreach, and has served as the University’s Copyright Officer since 2008. As part of her work, she administers Mason’s Open Access Publishing Fund, dedicated to assisting faculty and students with publishing in open access... Read More →
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Lucretia McCulley

Head, Scholarly Communications, University of Richmond
As Head of Scholarly Communications in Boatwright Memorial Library, McCulley provides direction for the library’s scholarly communication services, such as the university’s institutional repository and providing education to the campus community regarding scholarly communication and intellectual property issues. She also provides administrative oversight for the Customer Service and Stacks/Building/Interlibrary Loan Departments. Other... Read More →
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Richard Sebastian

Director, OER Degree Initiative, Achieving the Dream
Dr. Richard Sebastian is the Director of Achieving the Dream's OER Degree Initiative, an effort to support colleges across the United States in designing degree programs using open educational resources. | | Before joining ATD, Richard was the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for the Virginia Community College System, providing vision, leadership, and support for effective use of teaching and learning technologies for the 23... Read More →
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Nick Shockey

Director of Programs & Engagement, SPARC
Nick Shockey is the Director of Programs & Engagement for SPARC and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition, an international alliance of student organizations that promote Open Access to the results of research through advocacy and education. As the Director of Programs & Engagement, Nick is responsible for growing SPARC’s engagement with members and the wider community, managing SPARC’s digital platforms, and... Read More →
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Anita Walz

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Virginia Tech
Anita Walz is the Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University Libraries, Virginia Tech. In this role, she leads library exploration and initiatives related to open education, OER, and online learning; she serves as a library liaison to the Legal studies, Economics, and Mathematics Departments at Virginia Tech and manages several active collaborations with the University’s learning technologies and... Read More →

Monday April 27, 2015 5:15pm - 6:40pm
Chestnut Room

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