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Thursday, February 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Session 4.3 Juried Panel: Revisiting the Evolving Landscape of Open Access and Scholarly Communication

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The Open Access movement is transforming scholarly communication. While the notion of Open Access to scholarly information is not new, various factors, including federal mandates for sharing the products of federally funded research drive scholars to rethink traditional scholarship models.
The panelists will explore the various facets of open access and how the movement impacted scholarly communication in general. In particular, the panelists will argue that open access play significant role in expanding LIS Education Universe, among other things by enabling scholars more equitable participation in research and development activities globally. Based on the current practices and emerging trends, this panel will further assess the open access and scholarly communication landscape and speculate on the future direction, and the influence on global scholarship. Panelists will also highlight trends in open access practices around research datasets, including the publishing, sharing, use, citation, and management of research datasets alongside scholarly publications.
Each panelist will provide her/his unique perspective on the issues and panelists will share their personal viewpoints on how to enhance audience members’ engagement with respect to open access. In light of the prospects and challenges that this new environment brings, the panelists will provide overviews and lead discussions among audience members on a number of issues related to open access from a variety of perspectives:
Dr. Daniel Alemneh , is a faculty member at the University of North Texas, coordinator of digital curation activities and also teaching at the College of Information.  Dr. Alemneh will offer a presentation on promoting Open Access and use of institutional repositories. He will also engage audiences in discussing the need for removal of barriers (including legal and technical) to facilitate the numerous digital curation activities required in the lifecycle management of digital resources.
Dr. Abebe Rorissa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Rorissa’s research focuses on multimedia information organization and retrieval, measurement and scaling of users’ information needs and their perceptions of multimedia information sources and services, and use/acceptance/adoption and impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Dr. Rorissa will provide a broad overview of the articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN General Assembly, 1948) that are relevant to open access. He will also facilitate a discussion among members of the audience on the idea of access to information as a basic human right. The guiding question for the discussion will be: what are the roles of information users, information creators (e.g., publishers), information professionals, educators, governments & elected officials, professional associations, etc., in ensuring that access to information is guaranteed as a universal and basic human right.
Dr. Shimelis Assefa is Associate Professor in the Department of Research Methods and Information Science at the University of Denver. His research interests include scholarly communication and measurement of knowledge production; knowledge diffusion, learning technologies, and health informatics. He will discuss the landscape of scientific and technical research outputs together with trends and practices in open access efforts to publishing and sharing research datasets. Dr. Assefa invites panel attendees to participate in discussions that explores the following questions – to what extent does open access ease the lack of access in scientific and research outputs in developing countries; what is the perception of ‘open data’ in scholarly communications, and what are the challenges and enabling environments for data sharing. 
Dr. Kris Helge is Assistant Dean for Academic Engagement Services at Texas Woman’s University Library.  Dr. Helge received his Ph.D in Information Science from UNT, his J.D. from South Texas College of Law.  He will examine how the removal of legal barriers facilitates access and use of scholarship globally. Some of these barriers consist of paywalls, contractual obstructions, obsolete or inadequate technology, and often outdated policy.  Strategies to remove such barriers include consortia agreements that successfully disseminate information, open institutional and research repositories, updated policy that fervently circulates information, educational endeavors that lead to open access, and the advocacy and implementation of licenses, policy, and contractual tools that lead to the free dissemination of information.
Dr. Suliman Hawamdeh is a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Information Science at the University of North Texas. He is an expert and a pioneer in the field of knowledge management. He will discuss about Open Access in the context of Global Information Infrastructure. Given the important of information as a key economic resources, access to information is a basic human right issue. This include highlighting the important of both physical and virtual libraries role in providing open access to information. While open access to information might not mean free access to information, there is a need for developing an open access business model that insures the continuation and sustainability of open access repositories.
Dr. Samantha Hastings: Former Director and Professor of School of Library and Information Science at University of South Carolina; will moderate the discussions of this panel. As a proponent of Open Access and the former ASIS&T and ALISE President and monographs Editor, she will offer her perspectives of the impact of open access for LIS research and scholarly communication in general.
The panel will be relevant to ALISE. In addition to the conference theme “The Expanding LIS Education Universe”,coincedentally this year’s 10th International Open Access Week theme “Open in order to…”, is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available.
So, it is very fitting to revisit issues related to open access and answer what openness means in various contexts, including as enabler to increasing the visibility and impact of scholarship at the individual level, at a particular institution, or in a specific discipline.
In addition, panelists and audience members will use the hashtag #OpenInOrderTo to join the global community and continue an online conversation about the benefits of an open system of communicating scholarship, way beyond the time and location of the 2018 ALISE Annual Meeting.

Thursday February 8, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
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