Past Events

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.

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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.


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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.

Danforth Conference Room, Cohon University Center
5032 Forbes Ave
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

This panel pulls together faculty from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh for a discussion about the opportunities that open data offer to teaching and learning in higher education. While there is widespread recognition of the value of shared data to research activity, this session aims to contribute to our understanding of benefits in the classroom. Panelists will describe their uses of open data in teaching and the associated learning objectives, their perspectives on the potential of open data to education and student learning, and their reflections on challenges, student experiences, and lessons learned on embedding open data in teaching.

Amy Knapp Room (G-74), Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Open access (OA) to scholarly research has been a policy move embraced by governments, libraries, publishers 
and the global research community, yet there are strong opinions about the financial models that will foster 
OA’s long-term viability in concert with traditional scholarly publishing. Attitudes, for example, toward article processing charges vary by community, key stakeholder roles are shifting, and in the Humanities and Social Sciences, OA monographs’ different format requirements call for varied funding models. 

Mellon Institute Conference Room (MI 348), Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Since its launch three years ago, the Research Data Alliance (RDA,, a community-driven international organization with a mission to develop social and technical infrastructure that supports and accelerates data sharing world-wide, has grown precipitously and now has over 3100 members from 100+ countries. In this talk, Francine Berman discusses the opportunities and challenges of sharing research data. 

Amy Knapp Room (G-74), Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Please join the Pittsburgh Chapter of SLA in celebrating Open Access Week 2015. 

Dr. Lauren Collister, Scholarly Communications Librarian for the University of Pittsburgh, will speak about the importance of open access for changing current paradigms.  She plans to address how librarians in all sectors – public, academic, and corporate – can embrace and implement open access initiatives, even in small ways. 

This event is sponsored by the Special Libraries Association, Pittsburgh Chapter. For more information, see:

Porter Hall 100
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Data is the driving force for new discovery and innovation in the information age. Yet lack of a healthy ecosystem for data stewardship, preservation, and use puts critical data, on which new discovery depends, at risk. In this talk, Francine Berman explores the opportunities and challenges of creating a viable ecosystem for research data that can help sustain the Information Age’s most valuable resource.