Past Events

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Historic Pittsburgh comprises a variety of primary and secondary sources about the greater Pittsburgh region, including a wide range of publications, maps, manuscripts, visual images, and audio-video materials, that support personal and scholarly research. Launched in 1999, the site has grown each year through partnerships with more than a dozen cultural heritage institutions that hold historical collections and are willing to digitize and share them in support of both personal and scholarly research. Historic Pittsburgh is open to all and free to use. 

The Historic Pittsburgh Fair brings together creators and users of the collection to celebrate the history of our city. Join us at CLP-Main in Oakland for Pittsburgh activities for all ages

• Pittsburgh Trivia with Rick Sebak
• Guidance on how to preserve your own family and historical materials
• Exploration of historical treasures from the collections of Historic Pittsburgh's partners
• Celebrating the grand opening of the Carnegie Library's REcollection Studio, a DIY digitization lab

Local professional archivists will be at the fair to provide one-on-one preservation and archiving advice, click this link to sign up for a session. For more information, visit CLP's Historic Pittsburgh Event Page

Anyone with a love for Pittsburgh will find something to enjoy!

Digital Scholarship Commons, G-49 Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Don’t be scared! Join us in Hillman Library’s Digital Scholarship Commons on October 30 for spooky treats and to meet others that love civic data. Learn more about where to turn for data and help, get inspiration for a project using open data, and join a club!

Give a brief 3-5 minute lightning talk at the event. Share your work, talk about data careers, pitch your club or a project idea, and tell your data story by signing up for a time slot. If you’d like to give a talk, please let us know by completing our very short survey. Whether or not you want to give a talk, please RSVP for the event

Even though this event takes place on Pitt’s campus, we welcome students from all of our region’s colleges and universities to attend. If you need more information about the event, please contact the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center.

4130 Posvar Hall
230 S Bouquet St
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

We live in an information economy, and the future of democracy and equity depend on everyone’s ability to access information. Yet, even as scholars and organizations work to make scholarly work openly available, the increased commercialization of information and technology, along with the enhanced capabilities for data collection and surveillance, threaten the ability for users to access that scholarly work. In addition, persistent racial, class, and gender divides exclude growing numbers of people from the internet and knowledge commons. Panelists will examine how the growing concentration of corporate control of internet service provision and content, including policies related to net neutrality, affect the ability of all people to have access to information. The broader implications of these developments for both democracy and inclusion and for the future of scientific inquiry will be discussed, and the panel will offer steps users can take to help protect internet freedom and the knowledge commons for all.

Co-Sponsors: University Library System, Global Studies Center, Department of History and Department of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Amy Knapp Room, G-74 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Two primary ways exist to make your work Open Access: publish in an Open Access outlet or self-archive your work. This workshop will focus on self-archiving, a practice that allows you to publish in your favorite journals and with your favorite publishers and still make your work openly available through depositing copies in repositories. 

How do you get more citations, reach a broader audience, and ensure long-term preservation of your work? Learn about the best practices for self-archiving: your rights as an author, locations to share your work, and how to maximize the benefits to you and the research community. Learn the considerations for sharing preprints and postprints, and the different uses for a website, institutional repository, and commercial sharing sites like Academia.edu and ResearchGate. 

Digital Scholarship Commons, Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Ave
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, November 2, from 5pm to 7pm, for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon open to any member of the community and hosted at the University of Pittsburgh's Digital Scholarship Commons in the Hillman Library. During this event, two brief trainings will be held concurrently and the remainder of the time will be devoted to working individually or as part of a group to edit Wikipedia and improve Pittsburgh-related pages. A list of pages and resources is available at our Wikipedia Edit-a-thon page

A "Wikipedia Editing for Beginners" session will be held for those new to editing Wikipedia and will train editors in the basics of how Wikipedia works, as well as editing a user page, and making small and manageable improvements to Wikipedia (such as adding references and copyediting).

An "Advanced Wikipedia" session will be for experienced editors and will be held by one of the University of Pittsburgh's Wikipedia Visiting Scholars. In this session, we will cover helpful tools that make creating an article quicker and easier. 

As this event is part of Open Access Week, anyone who includes an open resource or who makes it their mission to mark Open Access scholarly articles on Wikipedia will receive a special pin commemorating the event. 

Please RSVP at our Wikipedia Edit-a-thon page by editing the page and including your Wikipedia username or your name at the bottom. New editors are recommended to sign up for a Wikipedia account before the session begins. 

 

University Club Ballroom B
123 University Place
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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.

 
Duquesne University, Union 609
Duquesne Union
700 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 11:00am

Heather Joseph of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) will speak about the opportunities and challenges of opening up access to educational materials and research outputs, and discuss ways that libraries have been successful in this world of Open resources.

 
Please register to attend the event at this URL: http://calendar.library.duq.edu/event/2844585
 
 
Jared L. Cohon University Center, McKenna Conference Room
5000 Forbes Ave
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

In its strategic plan CMU has set out an ambitious vision for the future of its university libraries, including a commitment to curating the data, publications, software, and other products of the research process. To achieve this goal, the University Libraries would develop an infrastructure built around information specialists as partners in research, teaching, and learning, to steward the evolving scholarly record, champion new forms of scholarly communication to become recognized globally as a leader in the development of the scholarly information ecosystem.

 

Attendees can expect to learn more on:

  • Finding out how to describe, store, and share your data

  • Making the scholarly outputs more openly accessible

  • Understanding how funding agencies are supporting research in your field

  • Understanding how your work is reported in newspapers, social media, and online academic services

 

Join University Libraries Dean Keith Webster, and the COO of Digital Science, Daniel Hook, on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:00-6:30 as they discuss the tools, platforms, and services that will become the scholarly information ecosystem at Carnegie Mellon University to better curate the scholarly record.

Canevin Hall 108
McAnulty Drive
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 2:00pm

An introduction to Open Access, featuring panelists from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Lauren Collister (Pitt) will begin by discussing the Open movement in higher education and its benefits for scholars. David Scherer (CMU) will focus on the role of the institutional repository in making research openly available. Gina Peirce (Pitt) will speak about the experience of using her university’s institutional repository to publish an open  dataset to accompany her master’s thesis in Linguistics.

 

Please register at this URL: http://calendar.library.duq.edu/event/2844578

 

Click here for a map to the event: https://goo.gl/maps/JUUEVkXzdnz

IdeATe Studio A, Hunt Library
4909 Frew St
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Speakers: David Scherer, Lauren Collister (Joint MCs)

Panelists: Dr. Ervin Sejdic (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh),
David Creswell (Department of Psychology, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University)

With many government agencies implementing public access mandates over the past few years, journal publishers have developed new models for paying for the work of publication through Article Processing Charges (APCs).

On Monday, October 24, the University Libraries will host a joint event with the University of Pittsburgh Library System where those interested in publishing their research openly can hear more about the APC Funds of both institutions, what journals are eligible, and how one applies for financial support from the funds. A panel of past recipients will also be on hand discussing their experiences with publishing their research with unrestricted public access, and what recommendations or advice they have for future recipients of the fund.

Join us in IdeATe Studio A in the Hunt Library at CMU to hear more about the APC Fund, how it’s used, and what it means to publish openly. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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