Open in Action: The Government, the University, and You

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event Description: 

4:00 pm – Reception
4:30 pm – Keynote speech
5:15 pm – Panel conversation followed by Questions and Answers from the audience

Learn about the latest actions around the Open Access Movement in the United States, and how you can get involved. Congressman Mike Doyle will join us to discuss FASTR, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research bill that he co-sponsored, which will require Open Access to all research articles funded by major US Government departments and agencies. He will discuss the history and origin of the bill as well as its current state in Congress, including what this bill would mean for researchers at our universities, across the country, and around the world.

Following Congressman Doyle’s speech, join us for a conversation with a panel of experts on advocacy and involvement in Open Access. James Maher, Provost Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh, will join special guests including Heather Joseph (Executive Director, SPARC) and Keith Webster (Dean of Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University) to discuss the role of the University and the individual researcher in moving the Open movement forward and what the impact of open access to research will be locally and globally.


Congressman Mike Doyle

U.S. House of Representatives

Mike Doyle is currently serving his eleventh term in Congress representing the 14th District of Pennsylvania, which includes the city of Pittsburgh as well as communities in the western, southern, and eastern portions of Allegheny County and in northwestern Westmoreland County. For more information, visit

Heather Joseph

Executive Director
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Heather Joseph serves as SPARC’s Executive Director, leading the strategic and operational activities of the organization. She has focused SPARC’s efforts on supporting new models for the open sharing of digital articles, data and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective open access policies and practices. For more information, visit her biography page at

James V. Maher

Distinguished Service Professor of Physics, Senior Science Advisor, Provost Emeritus
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. James V. Maher, Provost Emeritus, Distinguished Service Professor of Physics, and Senior Science Advisor, served as Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh from July 1, 1994, to August 15, 2010; he has been a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for forty years. During his tenure at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Maher has served as director of the University’s Scaife Nuclear Physics Laboratory, as a longstanding resident fellow in the University’s Center for the Philosophy of Science, and as a visiting scientist at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, the Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut in Groningen, the College de France in Paris, and the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. He has presented numerous invited talks at topical conferences and physical society meetings. He was a member of the Association of American University’s (AAU) Intellectual Property Task Force that authored the formative 1999 report “Intellectual Property and New Media Technologies: A Framework for Policy Development at AAU Institutions.” He was invited by the AAU and Association of Research Libraries to participate in writing the influential Tempe Principles on Scholarly Communications, a set of principles designed to guide the transformation of the scholarly publishing system. For more information, visit the Provost's Office biography page on Dr. James Maher.

Keith Webster

Dean of Libraries
Carnegie Mellon University

Keith Webster was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon in July 2013, and to the additional role of Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives two years later. Previously, Keith was Vice President and Director of Academic Relations and Strategy for John Wiley and Sons and before that held library dean and director roles at major research universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Keith serves on the Board of Directors of NISO and PALCI, and on the Publications Board of the Association of Computing Machinery. He holds both Chartered and Honorary Fellowships of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Location: University Club, Ballroom B
University Club Ballroom B
123 University Place
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260