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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 sciences.

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:, or email: The deadline for registration is Monday, April 12, 2004.

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