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Open Access Symposium 2016 #UNTOA16


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

The 2016 conference was held in conjunction with the Library Publishing Coalition's third annual Library Publishing Forum, which took place May 17-19.

photo of audience during 2016 Open Access Symposium

News and Announcements

Videos of the presentations from the Open Access Symposium 2016 are now linked from the list of sessions.

Slides from the Open Access Symposium 2016 have been added to the website: click on the title of a session in the program to find the link. Stay tuned for video recordings of the presentations!

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.