Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2010

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Open Access: Faculty On Board!!
Baylor University Libraries' Scholarly Communication Task Force, Billie Peterson-Lugo

Building: AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center
Room: Salons A & B
Date: 2010-05-17 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
Last modified: 2010-04-17


This presentation will describe how the Baylor University Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Task Force used Open Access Week, 2009 to engage faculty in conversations centered on open access journals – in particular highlighting Baylor’s institutional repository (BEARdocs) and the Texas Digital Library journal management system.  The poster will illustrate the planning process, including decisions for the events we hosted and the topics we chose to cover; details about the events that we hosted; and an overview of what we learned, as well as highlight the positive outcomes of the week’s activities.


This poster presentation will demonstrate that a variety of activities scheduled during Open Access Week can serve as an effective mechanism for stimulating conversations among library staff, faculty, and administrators on scholarly communication issues.   Additionally, because we experimented with a variety of venues (dinners, lunches, coffees, formal presentations, webinars), this poster will present information on which venues worked best and which ones should be revisited before repeating them in the future. 


Although there were several positive outcomes from this activity, the Scholarly Communication Task Force achieved its main goal – a raised awareness of open access publication as a viable outlet for scholarly communication.  More specifically, 2 sets of faculty have expressed interest in using the TDL journal management system to set up open access journals in their fields, which – in turn – has resulted in greater interest from the Provost’s office on open access publication issues.


scholarly communication; open access; open journal system; institutional repositories;