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Open Access Symposium 2016


The Open Access Symposium 2016 will be held May 19–20. The opening session and reception on May 19 will be held in the University Union, and events on May 20 will be held in the Willis Library. This year's theme is "Open Access at the Tipping Point." Follow the discussion online at #untoa16 on Twitter and other social media.

This year's conference is being held in conjunction with the Library Publishing Coalition's third annual Library Publishing Forum, which takes place May 17-19.

News and Announcements

UNT has just published the summer schedule for the free Colorado Express bus that runs between the recommended hotels and campus. See the travel and accommodations page for a description of where to find the stops near the hotels.

Alexandra Elbakyan, the founder of Sci-Hub who has been compared to Edward Snowden and Aaron Swartz, will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20.  We will begin the day a half hour earlier than originally planned for this special presentation by Skype. We plan to record this and many other sessions during the symposium for viewing later.

As you may have heard, we are in the process of confirming a late-breaking remote speaker for the program for the Open Access Symposium 2016: Alexandra Elbakyan, the founder of Sci-Hub who has been compared to Edward Snowden and Aaron Swartz. Once this is confirmed, we will adjust the schedule to accommodate.

The three conference hotels had filled up for the night of Thursday, May 19. We've just asked two of the hotels to add rooms at the discounted rate. It's not too late to line up your accommodation: see travel and accommodations!

For the Open Access Symposium 2016 (there's still time to register!), we've added to the program an optional lunchtime discussion of strategies for facilitating a welcoming atmosphere in the open-access community, co-facilitated by Chealsye Bowley and Brett Currier. We hope there will be time to hear a summary of the discussion during the open forum at the end of the symposium. Please consider taking part in this discussion and ensuring that this and future symposia provide room for all voices to be heard.

In addition, we'll have an on-site sign-up for other lunchtime birds-of-a-feather discussions. We look forward to a wealth of worthwhile topics for discussion!

We are pleased to announce sponsorship opportunities for the Open Access Symposium 2016.

Please remember that early registration ends March 31 and hotel blocks begin expiring April 16.

Attendees of the Library Publishing Forum 2016 and Open Access Symposium 2016 may take advantage of UNT's relationship with Camp Fire Child Care Network for referrals to licensed, trained child-care providers available while attending these events. Simply call +1 817 831 5060 and mention that you will be attending a conference at UNT.

The program for UNT's Open Access Symposium 2016, featuring presentations and interactive sessions led by researchers and librarians based in the US, Canada, UK, and the Netherlands from various fields of study, is now available.

The two-day event, held this year on the Denton campus just after the end of the spring semester, begins the afternoon of Thursday, May 19, with a keynote by Dan Morgan (publisher of Collabra) and a reception held jointly with the Library Publishing Forum 2016, an international conference which will be held just preceding the symposium.

The symposium will continue on Friday, May 20, with an opening keynote by J.E.C.V. Rooryck, a linguist who led the mass resignation of the editors of an Elsevier journal and has launched a new journal aimed at having a fair, sustainable publishing model. Parallel sessions will include presentations on sustaining open-access publishing, researcher perceptions, open data, and institutional open-access policies. The afternoon's featured speaker will be Brian Nosek, a psychologist who co-founded the Center for Open Science, which operates the Open Science Framework, and the closing speaker will be Lorraine Haricombe, vice provost and director of the University of Texas Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin.

Those interested in open educational resources (OER), including open textbooks, will want to consider attending a preconference of presentations and a workshop on Tuesday afternoon, May 17. The Library Publishing Coalition is offering a registration rate of $50 for that preconference only. See the website of the Library Publishing Forum 2016 for more details. In addition, we encourage you to consider registering for the entire Library Publishing Forum 2016, which is open to everyone interested in publishing services provided by libraries.

Discounted early registration for the Open Access Symposium ends March 31!