Free Presentations for Open Access Week in Philadelphia, PA

The local Philadelphia Scholarly Communication Group (PSCG) has organized 2 dates with speakers to coincide with 2012 Open Access Week.  All presentations will take place in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  The PSCG is an informal collection of scholarly communication librarians from regional institutions that include:  Drexel, Bryn Mawr, Temple, Thomas Jefferson, Villanova, La Salle, Rutgers, PCOM, Swarthmore, Haverford, Widener, DeSales, St. Joseph’s, and Upenn.

Dates: Wednesday October 24th and Thursday October 25th.

Thursday, Oct. 25 Event

Join us on Thursday October 25th 1.30-4pm on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University to hear two presentations dealing with open access issues.

This is a free event.

Please email if you are interested in attending.  Limited seating will be available.

Bluemle Life Science Building, room 105
233 South 10th Street  (between Walnut and Locust)
Philadelphia, PA 19107


2pm-Brian S. McGowan, PhD.

Independent consultant and author of forthcoming book: #SocialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving your Healthcare. Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, who specializes in adult education focusing on medical education and evidence-based educational design with expertise in medical educational compliance and regulations.

Biomedical Science in the Research Commons: Building Systems and a Culture of Open Science

This session will explore the need for building and supporting a biomedical science research commons. Issues to be explored include:

  1. Healthcare quality variation as the driving force for the research commons
  2. Integrating implementation science, social network science, and behavior change science to construct the research commons
  3. The research commons and big data – evolving the accepted ‘dose of science’
  4. Essential elements of the systems supporting the research commons
  5. The new competencies needed to leverage the research commons

3pm-Nicole Allen

Nicole Allen is the Student Public Interest Research Groups Textbook Advocate and director of the Make Textbooks Affordable project. Since 2007, she has worked with students, faculty and decision-makers across the country to address the rapidly rising cost of college textbooks through grassroots organizing, public education and advocacy.  Nationally recognized as a leading issue expert, Ms. Allen’s research and opinions have been cited in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. A life-long activist, Ms. Allen began her career in higher education advocacy as a student at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in Philosophy.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 Event

An additional Open Access Week event will take place at Temple University’s Paley Library on Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 pm in the Library Lecture Hall, located on the ground floor. Nicole Allen will be one of the speakers, and she will be discussing trends in open educational resources and open textbooks. The other speaker is Nick Shockey, SPARC’s (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) first director of student advocacy  and Director of the Right to Research Coalition. Shockey will address current issues in open access scholarship. All are invited to attend. No RSVP is needed.

Hope you can make it.

Dan Kipnis, MSI

Senior Education Services Librarian

Jefferson Digital Commons Editor

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