Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Open Access Standards and Mandates

Instructor: Melissa Seelye

Dates: June 1st through 28th, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


This course will trace the evolution of the open access movement through a study of the key definitions, standards, and policies surrounding it. Beginning with the foundational “BBB definition” of open access, we will examine the broader context in which the open access movement emerged. We will also discuss to what extent green, gold, hybrid, and other types of open access meet the purported aims of the movement. This will lead into an exploration of the gradual development of open access policies and mandates by governments, private research funders, and academic institutions. Our focus will be on both assessing the effectiveness of such policies and examining their impact on researchers. The course will conclude with a comparative analysis of recent national and regional open access policies, including Canada's Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, Plan S/cOAlition S, and Denmark's National Strategy for Open Access.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Articulate how the open access movement emerged;
  • Define the various versions of open access in relation to the “BBB definition”;
  • Explain open access mandates and funding requirements to faculty and other researchers, with a focus on publishing options; and
  • Assess whether scholarly communication initiatives at their institution adequately support the campus community in meeting funding agency and/or government mandates.

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Scholarly Communication, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Melissa Seelye

Melissa Seelye is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at San Francisco State University, and in that role she coordinates a range of scholarly communication initiatives in support of the university’s social justice mission. She is advocating for a shift towards open knowledge practices on campus, encompassing self-archiving faculty publications, library support for student and faculty journals, and expanding the use of open educational resources. Her current research explores the political economy of scholarly communication. Melissa received her MLIS from Western University, where she teaches a distance Scholarly Communication and Open Access Publishing course aligned with the MLIS student-run journal Emerging Library & Information Perspectives. Previously, she was the Scholarly Publishing & Systems Librarian at the University of Michigan Law Library.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

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