University Libraries Present Symposium on Open
Access Publishing and the Faculty Reward Structure
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 15, 2004) -- “The Transition
to Open Access Scholarship: Can the Reward Structure
for Faculty Publishing Change Fast Enough?” will
be held on April 19, 2004, 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.,
UAlbany’s New Library, Standish Room, uptown campus.
The full-day symposium will focus on the changing
nature of scholarly communication and new modes
of publishing. Open access publishing takes advantage
of the new opportunities offered by digital technologies
and communication networks. Its offer of free
or low-cost academic journals promises to loosen
commercial publishers’ stranglehold on scholarly
publishing, but will this promise be realized?
If so, when? Is open access publishing a viable
alternative to traditional publishing? Can it
really save money? How must the reward structure
for faculty promotion and tenure change to take
full advantage of new models of scholarly publishing?
Jointly hosted by the UAlbany Libraries and the
New York State Higher Education Initiative (NYSHEI),
the 6th annual scholarly symposium will bring
together internationally known academics and leaders
in the publishing field to answer these questions.
Several case studies documenting change in academic
disciplines will be presented.
Jean-Claude Guédon, professor of comparative
literature at the University of Montreal and an
internationally known scholar on the theoretical
and practical issues related to electronic publishing,
will offer the symposium’s opening keynote address.
The afternoon keynote address will be given by
Heather Joseph, president and chief operating
officer of BioOne, the Web-based aggregation of
research in the biological, ecological, and environmental
Other speakers include Deborah Lines Andersen,
from the School of Information Science and Policy
at UAlbany; Sean Costigan, senior editor at the
Columbia University Press; Lenore Grenoble, professor
in linguistics & cognitive science at Dartmouth
College; Ryan Johnson, from Washington State University;
Sarah E. Thomas, university librarian of Cornell
University; and Susan McCormick and Gerald Zahavi
of the history department at UAlbany.
The symposium is co-sponsored by the Office of
the Provost and the Office of the Vice President
for Research, UAlbany. It is free to all UAlbany
faculty, staff, and students and current members
of NYSHEI. Others will be charged a modest $50
fee to cover symposium and luncheon costs. A buffet
lunch will be served for participants. For further
details about the symposium, program, campus parking,
and a registration form, see: http://library.albany.edu/symposium,
or email: LReeves@uamail.albany.edu). The deadline
for registration is Monday, April 12, 2004.
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