1 Apr 2015

OA in the Humanities. Three useful librarian webinars in April/May

Below is this year's first round of recommended librarian webinars.

The first webinar considers how liaison librarians can improve their partnerships with faculty. The second suggestion covers young adult literature of 2015 (particularly useful for public libraries). The last one is most interesting as it discusses the barriers and possible solutions around green/gold open access publishing in the Humanities.

Breaking Barriers: How Academic Librarians Can Communicate More Effectively with Faculty
Tuesday, April 7th, 9pm IST
Every aspect of the higher education ecosystem is changing—from libraries, to faculty, to administration, to publishers. Breaking down the barriers between these groups will inform a more collaborative partnership focused on managing change together. Through engagement with both librarians and faculty, some key themes appear to be emerging, such as a need for on-campus task forces, a realignment of the library’s role as resource center, and the increased responsibility of librarians to advise faculty on matters, such as copyright and various publication processes. Understanding these developments will allow librarians and faculty to communicate more effectively with each other and collectively achieve their institution’s mission.

Wayne Bivens Tatum - Philosophy and Religion Librarian, Princeton University
Bonnie Buchanan - Associate Professor of Finance, Seattle University
Kim Leeder Reed - Director of Library Services, College of Western Idaho
Eric Schwartz - Marketing Manager, North America, Emerald Group Publishing, Inc.

Colleen Theisen - Special Collections Outreach and Instruction Librarian, Library Journal

What’s New in Young Adult Literature 2015 Update
Friday, May 1st, 9pm IST
• Are you familiar with the latest trends in young adult literature?
• Are you looking for new authors?
• Do you need a list of the latest “hot” YA books?
• Do you want recommendations for the best adult and New Adult titles for YAs?

The world of young adult literature is a dynamic one that has become one of the most vibrant areas of publishing. Each publishing season brings a plethora of new titles, new forms, and new formats, many of which require new methods of evaluation.

Keeping up with these changes and the 5,000 + new titles flooding the market annually can be a full-time job. This webinar will help you identify new trends and the best new titles for your collections.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be familiar with:
• Trends in YA literature and publishing
• New YA fiction that comprises “first purchases”
• Nonfiction for both recreational and classroom use
• Graphic novels and comics
• Adult books for young adults and New Adults

This webinar will be of interest to both public and school library staff with young adult collection development responsibility.

Presenter: Michael Cart

Open Access in the Humanities
Friday, May 1st, 6pm IST
The open access (OA) movement has broad support within the library community, and it is increasingly embraced by researchers, granting agencies, and publishers. Why, then, are many graduate students, faculty, and professional associations in the humanities advocating measures such as embargoing access to dissertations in digital repositories? Why are some humanities faculty skeptical of accepting peer review requests from OA journals? In this session, Professor Jonathan Senchyne will explore some of the issues that differentiate OA conversations in the humanities and the sciences. The conversation will explore the pros, cons, and gray areas of OA in the humanities from different stakeholder perspectives while seeking common ground and increased collaboration between students, faculty, publishers, and librarians within the scholarly communication ecosystem.

Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Senchyne


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