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LIBR 559K: Topics In Computer-Based Information Systems: Open Access -- Course Syllabus (1)

Course Number and Name: Topics in computer-based information systems: open access
Course Schedule:  Saturday, May 14 9:00 – 12:00 & 1:00 – 5:00 & Saturday, May 28, 2011, 9:00 – 12:00
Location: Barber 461
Instructor:  Heather Morrison
Office location:  SLAIS Adjuncts Office
Office phone:  SLAIS 604-822-2404 (e-mail preferred)
Office hours: By appointment.
Email: hgmorris@gmail.com
Course website address: http://blogs.ubc.ca/oa2011/

Course Goal: To provide overview of the basic concepts of Open Access. The open access movement is one of the key trends in librarianship today, one that presents librarians and archivists with challenges, but also significant opportunities for leadership. This course will provide students with an overview of open access, key definitions, how and why libraries and archives are involved in open access, trends, policies, and implications for librarians and archivists.

Course Objectives:
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • have a basic understanding of what open access is, and be able to distinguish open access from related trends (such as free access to back issues of journals) (brief overview)
  • understand open access archiving, library and archives involvement, and key issues for librarians and archivists
  • understand open access publishing and its implications and opportunities for libraries
  • know about major open access resources
  • be able to provide assistance and advice to researchers wishing or needing to provide open access to their works
  • have an introduction to the transformative potential of open access
  • have produced a subject guide or tutorial on an open access related topic

Course Topics:

  • overview and definitions of open access
  • open access publishing (full, hybrids, library as publisher)
  • open access archiving (institutional and disciplinary, library involvement)
  • open access policy and advocacy and library roles
  • futures for open access, and transformative potential of open access

Prerequisites: ARST/LIBR 500, 501, 502, 503 for students in the MLIS and Dual programs.  MAC Core for students in the MAS program.

Format of the course:  Lecture, discussion, and guest speakers.

Required and Recommended Reading:

Required Advanced Readings:


Required Resources (Students should have some familiarity with each of these resources):


Authors’ Rights

  • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Policy Directories


Open Access Archives Resources


content to be added

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