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UW Libraries hosts Open Access Week: Publishing Your Work in the Digital Age October 20-22, 2009

October 1, 2009


Contact: Timothy Jewell
Director, Information Resources and Scholarly Communication
(206) 543-3890

Media Contact: A.C. Petersen
Libraries Communications Officer
(206) 543-9389


In conjunction with 2009 Open Access Week <www.openaccessweek.org>, the UW Libraries is offering four programs that explore various aspects of the current landscape of scholarly publishing and access, as well as projections for the future.


Tue, Oct. 20, 3:30-5:00pm
Johnson Hall 102

Journal Publishing: Economics and Access
Pricing and bundling practices by journal publishers have led to never before seen levels of spending by major academic libraries as they attempt to provide access to content needed by faculty and students for their research, teaching, and study. But locally, the recent unprecedented cut in state funding to the University (and by extension to the Libraries) will lead to an equally unprecedented cut in serial subscriptions this fall, and to an even greater loss of access to journal content. Explore with our speakers what these changes mean for you and what you and your colleagues can do about it.



Wed, October 21, 12:00-1:00pm
Health Sciences D-209 Turner Auditorium

Access to Research and Your Rights as an Author
Panelists will discuss questions about publication practices and models and how these factors affect access to findings and how investigators can (or cannot) use their own work. Issues to be considered will include author rights, copyright and the university, funding agency public access requirements, and the UW Faculty Senate resolution on public access. Bring your questions and learn how Open Access and trends in scholarly communication are likely to affect your research and publication.



Wed, Oct. 21, 3:30-5:00pm
Johnson Hall 102

Publishing Prognosis: The Future of the Monograph
Should your promotion be dependent on publishing a book? Will electronic publication of your dissertation jeopardize your chances of publishing it as a book? Are you concerned about declining manuscript acceptance rates among university presses? Do technological advances and economic pressures foreshadow the death of print publishing of academic works? Join a forum with a panel of experts sharing their knowledge of the accelerating changes in monograph publishing in a digital age.


  • Gerald Baldasty, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Professor, Communication
  • Judy Howard, Divisional Dean of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Professor, Sociology
  • Leroy Searle, Professor, English and Comparative Literature; and Joff Hanauer Honors Professor in Western Civilization
  • Pat Soden, Director, University of Washington Press


Thu, Oct. 22, 3:30-5:00pm
Odegaard Undergraduate Library 220
The Future of Access to Scholarly Publications

Cuts to institutional and library budgets nationally, combined with a continuance of a largely “status quo” approach to pricing and content output by most major publishers, is leading to a significant decrease in access by faculty and students to the published work of their peers. What does the future hold for how scholarly work will be published and accessed? Our panel will offer their insights on these issues, and we welcome your questions and input as well.


  • Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, Dean of Libraries
  • Hanson Hosein, Director, Master of Communication in Digital Media
  • Felix Chew, Professor, Radiology, Vice-Chair for Radiology Informatics
  • Lee Dirks, Director for Education and Scholarly Communications, External Research Group, Microsoft
  • Katherine Thornton, Doctoral student, Information School


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contact: A.C. Petersen, Libraries Communications Officer