Past Events

Digital Scholarship Commons
G-49 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Are you seeking new ways to use Zotero? Do you have a favorite Zotero add-on or tool that you would like to share? Join fellow Zotero users for a session highlighting and sharing advanced Zotero functionalities for organizing, citing, and managing references within Zotero. Participants will have an opportunity to share their Zotero tips and tricks as well as practice new ways to use Zotero. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register so we can plan for seating and refreshments.


Amy Knapp Room, Hillman Library G-74
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Get up to speed with the Open Access movement in this one-hour workshop. We will start with a definition and cover the latest updates such as Plan S, hybrid publishing, and new journals and publishing platforms for Open Access. We will also demonstrate tools and services that make Open Access work for scholars such as Unpaywall, the Open Access Button, SHERPA/RoMEO, and more. 

Register here.

Hillman Library Ground Floor
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Magnifying glass looking at a page from a journal, image by NiabotHave you received a mysterious invitation to publish in a journal you haven't heard of? Did someone read that paper you co-authored two years ago and is now asking you to contribute to a special issue? Are you seeking a journal for your article? Wondering what makes a journal "open access"? 

Bring your case to the Journal Inspectors. They will help you avoid journal scams and identify quality journals for your scholarship. You can also help the Journal Inspectors by identifying fake publication outlets that prey on unassuming scholars and spread the word. Find the Journal Inspectors at a table on the ground floor of Hillman Library near the Donald S. Wood Service Desk. 

Hillman Library - Conference Room 272
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The United Nations has recognized internet access as a basic human right. This moderated roundtable event aims to foster conversations about different approaches to ensuring the public access to information. Perspectives from the social sciences, law, and information technology will shape the dialogue about how human rights thinking about communications and technology has evolved since 1948 when the UDHR was signed. What does the right to the internet mean in practice? How do movements like the Open Access movement help advance the realization of this right? Why is this right important for democracy, social cohesion, and human rights, and how does the human right to internet access relate to our work as researchers and learners?


This event is part of the Year of Pitt Global.


Hillman Library - Amy Knapp Room (G-74)
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

How do you get more citations, reach a broader audience, and ensure long-term preservation of your work? The best way is to make your work Open through self-archiving! In celebration of Open Access Week 2018, join us to explore the best practices of self-archiving: your rights as an author, best locations to self-archive your work, and how to maximize the benefits to you and the research community. Learn the considerations for posting preprints and postprints, and the different uses for a website, institutional repository, and commercial sharing sites like and ResearchGate. 

Register for this event. 

O'Hara Center Dining Room
4024 O'Hara St
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Opportunities to share scholarly work in the form of preprints (drafts of papers in advance of publication) have grown exponentially in recent years. New discipline-based preprint servers are joining long-standing repositories, offering scholars many opportunities to share their work. What is the impact of this proliferation of preprints on science, research, and critical inquiry? How have these new outlets for sharing scholarship changed the practice of researchers, scholars, and students?  

Join us for a special Open Access Week event celebrating preprints and the democratization of scholarship. We will discuss the history of the preprint, its role in accelerating the pace of scholarship, and the future of scholarship with more results and inquiries being shared in new and evolving mediums. The event will feature a keynote from Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson, Scientific Director of arXiv, followed by a panel discussion by scholars engaged in the act of creating, sharing, and disseminating preprints. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experience with preprints and their own work. Light refreshments will be served. 


Keynote Presenter:

Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson 
Scientific Director, arXiv
Professor of Astrophysics
Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Sigurdsson did his doctorate in theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He then worked as a researcher at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the Institute of Astronomy and King’s College at Cambridge University in England. Steinn is a member of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos and the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, and the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center. He works on a range of topics in astrophysics and related areas, ranging from cosmology, large scale dynamics and black holes, to formation and evolution of planets, and the prospects for discovering non-terrestrial life. He has been a member of the board of the Aspen Center for Physics since 2010 and is currently a Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics. He was appointed the Scientific Director of arXiv in 2017. 


Dr. John D. Norton
Co-founder of the PhilSci-Archive, a preprint server for the disciplines of Philosophy of Science  
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Ansuman Chattopadhyay
Creator of search.bioPreprint
Assistant Director
Molecular Biology Information Service
Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh



Dr. Lauren B. Collister
Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing
University Library System
University of Pittsburgh


Sorrels Engineering Library - Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Wean Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm



Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 


Staying true to the open access model: it is free to stream and download, for private or public use, and maintains the most open CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons designation to ensure anyone regardless of their social, financial or political background will have access.  


Join us on Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30pm in the CMU Sorrells Engineering Library for a public screening of the documentary. Refreshments will be provided.









Hillman Library - Amy Knapp Room (G-74)
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Zotero logo

Join us for a workshop on the open source citation manager, Zotero. Open Access - or the lack thereof - is responsible for much of the architecture and construction of Zotero, in order to make articles and information easily shareable. Learn the basics of using Zotero and start setting up your own library of citations with this popular open source tool. Click here to sign up for the session.

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.