The Future is Open, But How Do We Get There? Symposium

I was fortunate to work with Jill Cirasella and Meg Wacha — both from CUNY — to plan a symposium called “The Future is Open, But How Do We Get There?” I consider these two to be on the cutting edge of working on open access and other issues in scholarly communication. We planned a fantastic two-day event featuring leaders in this corner of the field.

Each year, more and more scholarly works are made openly available. Indeed, with European research agencies now coordinating to require immediate open access to publications based on research they fund, predictions about the inevitability of open access may soon come true.

As open access becomes the norm, what decisions will scholars, libraries, and institutions make? Will we reproduce existing power structures, guaranteeing the continued dominance of high-profit publishers and flawed impact metrics? Or will we build something different — community-led publishing on community-owned infrastructure, with legal terms that protect the rights and privacy of authors and readers?

We will explore these questions in a symposium hosted by METRO Library Council on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13. This event is planned in collaboration with colleagues from the City University of New York.

Video of our keynotes is coming soon.

Day 1 – Thursday, September 12
9:15 – 10:00
Registration and snacks

10:00 – 11:00
Keynote with Heather Joseph

11:15 – 12:45
Contexts & Models

  • What Open Access Means to a Guerrilla Intellectual with Dave Ghamandi, University of Virginia
  • Local Language, Local Knowledge, and Local Publishing: What Can We Learn from Latin and South America? with Monica Berger, NYC College of Technology, CUNY
  • Developing a Routine Acquisitions Program for Open Access Content at the Library of Congress with Kristy Darby, Library of Congress

12:45 – 2:00
Lunch (Offsite)

2:00 – 2:45
Overcoming Barriers

  • Author Processing Charges: Barriers to Open Research, Barriers to Progress with Robin O’Hanlon, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

3:00 – 4:15
Scholarly Societies

  • Humanities Commons: Open Access, Open Source, Open to All with Anne Donlon, MLA Commons / Humanities Commons / MLA
  • Proceeding to Open: Publishing Conference Proceedings Open Access for the Greater Scholarly Good with Dr. Amy Beth, CUNY Guttman Community College

4:30 – 5:30
Fireside Chat with Amanda Levendowski and Sarah Lamdan

Day 2 – Friday, September 13
9:15 – 10:00
Registration and snacks

10:00 – 11:00:
Keynote with April Hathcock

11:15 – 12:45:
Data & Values

  • HuMetricsHSS, or Towards Measuring What We Value, Rather the Valuing What We Measure with Nicky Agate, Columbia University
  • Research Data in the Open Scholarship Landscape with Adrienne Canino, University of Rochester

12:45 – 2:00:
Lunch (offsite)

2:00 – 3:30:

  • Wikidata + “smart”-home assistants: theorizing concerning relationships between for-profit surveillant companies and linked open data with Michelle Nitto, CUNY
  • Imagining Just Futures for OA Emerging Technologies with Kae Bara Kratcha, Columbia University Libraries and Madiha Choksi, Barnard’s Digital Humanities Center

3:30 – 4:30
Closing gathering