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MRU Library Celebrates Open Access Week

Open Access week is a global event that promotes open sharing and free online access to scholarly research. MRU Library is pleased to present the following speaker series that aims to discuss current issues relating to open access, publishing platforms and open education strategies. Be prepared to engage in a discussion that is relevant to all researchers (students, staff, faculty, administrators). Everyone is welcome to attend.

Kill the academic journal? Sorry and please! Gerald Beasley, Vice Provost and Chief Librarian (UofA)

Date/time: Monday October 19th 11-12pm
Location : T107

Description: 2015 is the 350th anniversary of the birth of the academic journal: the “Journal des scavans” in France and the Royal Society of London’s “Philosophical Transactions” both began publishing in 1665. This is as good a time as any to celebrate the enormous positive contribution made by the academic journal to scholarly communications – but also to debate whether its continued hegemony is serving the world at all well in an open access environment.

Beasley is currently Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian at the University of Alberta. He formerly served as University Librarian at Concordia University, where he co-chaired the Open Access Working Group that successfully proposed a Resolution on Open Access to the Senate in 2010. Beasley has an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and an M.A. in Library Studies from University College, London.

This event is free!
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Promoting Progressive Approaches to Open Access, Richard Hayman (Digital Initiatives Librarian, MRU)

Date/time: Wednesday October 21 10-11am
Location: T107

Description: This session critically addresses contemporary scholarly communication issues related to academic publishing and the serials crisis. Richard will discuss benefits of choosing to publish in OA journals and why institutional support will promote academic sustainability.

This event is free!
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Open Educational Resources in the Western Canadian Post-Secondary Context, Cari Merkley, Erika Smith, Eric Queenan (OER Working Group, MRU)

Date/time: Thurs Oct 22 from 11 AM-12 PM
Location: Lab T104

Description:This session provides an introduction to topics and themes, including student and institutional perspectives, regarding Open Educational Resources (OER) that are developing within the Western Canadian post-secondary context. The first half of the session will discuss the OER working group at MRU, and the second portion will highlight OER teaching supports and tools, with an opportunity for participants to work with resources and tools related to OERs in the computer lab.

This event is free!
To register, please visit:
If you have any questions about the speaker series, please contact Madelaine Vanderwerff ( (5018)

If you would like to learn more, the following links provide a wealth of information about Open Access and events happening globally and locally

Open Access at Mount Royal University
SPARC – About Open Access
International Open Access Week
Foothills Library Association – Open Access Open Mic