Knowledge Mobilization Blog

This past week(October 19-22, 2009), the University of British Columbia Library hosted three days of events at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre for the First International Open Access Week. The events were designed to raise awareness about the open access movement around the world, highlight the ways in which the UBC Library is working to make its repositories open, and explore open access journal publication.

The open access movement is certainly gaining momentum and events like this one show the extent to which university libraries are natural allies for scholars interested in opening knowledge to the world. For those who were unable to attend the events in Vancouver, you can watch a slidecast of John Wilbanks’ presentation.

Also, Vancouver is hosting the E-Learn 2009 World Conference next week. This will be yet another forum for the discussion of open access education. You can watch Richard Baranuik’s presentation “Open Access Education -Building Communities and Sharing Knowledge” from last year.

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Sean Kheraj is an associate professor in the Department of History at York University. He researches and teaches in the areas of environmental and Canadian history. In addition to being a co-editor of niche-canada.org, he is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at http://seankheraj.com.

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