October 12, 2012
In celebration of Open Access Week, we are inviting the University Community to a public presentation by Michael Hohner. The presentation is entitled “Walking through walls: On the grave matter of Open Access so far and of a more defeasible solution for its future”
About Michael Hohner:
Michael Hohner is a professional librarian at the University of Winnipeg Library. He works there as the Interim Copyright Officer, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Head of Scholarly Communication, and Head of Systems. He also manages the collections for Allied Computer Science, Business and Administrative Studies, and Economics. His presentation focuses on the disturbing trends in academic libraries and scholarly communication. He will explain the reliance on more traditional publishing models and argue that this reliance forces a homogenization of academic collections and creates major gaps and other significant issues in library collections. His recent experience as Interim Copyright Officer at the University of Winnipeg has made Michael even more aware of inelegant solutions in academic publishing that often defy common logic, especially with online access to the world of scholarly publishing. Open Access (OA) has achieved some major milestones in the past decade, but, while it may be popular in certain disciplines and subject areas, it is not the mainstream behavior for all academics. The Harvard OA policy may provide an elegant solution for a world of scholarly publishing that has largely fallen from grace. This presentation will consider the Harvard OA policy as we reflect and look toward a future where we may be able to walk through walls.