Past Events

University Club Ballroom B
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 1:30pm

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Join a lively discussion by Erin McKiernan, an early career researcher in experimental and computational neuroscience and a leading advocate for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science. McKiernan will explore the powerful, positive benefits of openness in scholarly research, the tension between personal success as a researcher and Open Science, and the need for reform in our academic evaluation and incentive systems. 

A panel discussion featuring members of the University of Pittsburgh academic community will follow. 

The panelists will include--

• Brian Beaton (Moderator) Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences and Interim Director, Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology

• Gordon Mitchell, Associate Professor of Communication and Assistant Dean, University Honors College 

• Lara Putnam, Professor of History and former co-senior editor, Hispanic American Historical Review 

• Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology and editor, Journal of World-Systems Research 

More about Erin McKiernan
McKiernan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Previously she served as a researcher affiliated with the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, where she experienced firsthand the impact of cost barriers to accessing scholarly research. McKiernan has written about open access for international media outlets, such as The Conversation and The Guardian, and blogs about her experiences with Open Science. You can also follow her on Twitter at @emckiernan13

University Club Ballroom B
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Come meet the partners behind the Historic Pittsburgh digital collection and learn about future plans for this open educational resource.

Keynote speakers—including Steve Mellon, a writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Angelique Bamberg, adjunct professor of history of art and architecture at Pitt—will describe how they have used the collection and the ways that its offerings have been crucial to their research. 

Local experts will also be on hand to discuss and demonstrate how to get started on local history research and representatives from many Historic Pittsburgh partner institutions will be available to answer your questions. 

Schedule of events
1:30 pm – Presentation by Steve Mellon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2:30 pm – Presentation by Angelique Bamberg, Adjunct Professor, 
History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

3:30 pm – Demonstration of the redesigned Historic Pittsburgh website 


View the Historic Pittsburgh Fair invitation 

University Club Ballroom A
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

As publishing options increase in number, it is ever more important that university authors manage their copyrights in a way that ensures maximum benefit to them and to the university. Peter Hirtle, Senior Policy Advisor in the Cornell University Library and a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will give an overview of the sometimes puzzling issues surrounding creating, securing, owning, and using copyrighted works. Topics will include author agreements and contracts, the public access requirements in some federal grants, new publishing options, and the management of your copyrights. The session will benefit those who want to gain a better understanding of the changing nature of scholarly communications.

Room 272, Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This month’s Lunch & Learn will serve as a kickoff for Open Access Week (October 21-27, 2013). ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing staff will discuss recent local, national, and international Open Access initiatives and give a preview of other activities we have planned for Open Access Week.

For more information on Open Access at Pitt, please visit:

272 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Session 1:
"Scholarly Communication and Open Access"
Thursday, September 19, 10 to 11 am
Room 272, Hillman Library 

Session 2: 
"Rethinking the Library Catalogue, Again" 
Thursday, September 19, 2 to 3 pm 
Room 272, Hillman Library

University Club Ballroom A
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Institutional support for open access is growing steadily. Through an executive directive, the White House has required all federal agencies that provide significant support for research to file plans in August 2013 for how they will make journal articles and research data arising from federal support agreements publicly available over the Internet. Meanwhile, the University of California system also recently adopted a robust system-wide open access policy. This talk will put these recent developments in historical perspective, explain and examine their principal requirements, and focus on the growing importance of reuse rights for open access materials.

Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Rather than solely tracking the number of times a work is cited in scholarly literature, altmetrics--alternative ways of measuring the use of, and impact of, scholarship--use social media and other web-based forms of scholarly communication to create a more comprehensive picture of research reach. 

The ULS has partnered with Plum Analytics in a pilot project to help Pitt scholars track, assess, and compare scholarly impact. Through Plum Analytics, researchers can make their scholarship more accessible, promote their research, and connect with other scholars. 

Andrea Michalek, co-founder of Plum Analytics, will talk about her organization's efforts and how they can benefit Pitt scholars. Staff from the ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing will also be on hand to share the latest developments in Open Access and digital publishing. 

Ballroom, William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Mendeley is an academic social network and citation manager that helps scholars organize research, collaborate online, and discover the latest research. With Mendeley, faculty and students can create citations and bibliographies, read and annotate papers, and make an online home for their scholarship, accessible anywhere. Through Open Access, scholars can also share and discover relevant research through this social citation tool. University of Pittsburgh's Mendeley Institutional Edition Powered by Swets, brings all of this together and strengthens the library's role as the center of research. 

In this program, you'll learn about the ULS's new Mendeley service, Mendeley Institutional Edition, and how you can use it to benefit knowledge production and sharing. José Luís Andrade, President of the Americas, Swets Information Services, and Sujay Darji, Regional Sales Manager, Swets Information Services, will be on hand to discuss how you can use Mendeley Institutional Edition to increase your research reach and impact. 

Staff from the ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing will also present on the latest developments in Open Access and digital publishing. 

Hillman Library 272
3960 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

The ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing (OSCP) is gearing up for Open Access Week, October 22-28. Learn more about Open Access, e-journal publishing, open repositories, and more by attending this session, which will offer you an update and overview on scholarly communication and publishing at Pitt. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Open Access provides an excellent way for faculty to share their research and increase its discovery, use, and impact on an international stage. Learn more about what Open Access means to you, as well as about D-Scholarship@Pitt, the institutional repository, author rights and responsibilities, and tools and services available to you to increase your scholarly reach.