Chuck Bazerman, a professor in the Department of Education at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, will be one participant in the panel “The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Challenges and Directions” on Wednesday, October 20 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Harbor Room of UC Santa Barbara’s UCEN. The event is free an open to the public. Professor James Frew of the Bren School will also be on the panel that will be moderated by Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas.
This event – presented by the UCSB Library in recognition of International Open Access Week, October 18-24, 2010 – will consider how the changes in commercial publishing, together with new technologies, have affected traditional scholarly publishing. These changes present scholars with many challenges such as costly access, journal cancellations, fewer publishing opportunities, and maintaining peer review in an open access environment.
Professor Bazerman will specifically discuss reaching readers with academic research and the payoffs of open access. “What was once an historically vital relationship among academics, societies, and commercial publishers, where all had consonant values and cooperative attitudes, under changed economic, global, and technological conditions no longer works for the scholars who are the beginning and end of the process,” Bazerman asserts. “My experience has been, that with new technologies and some sweat equity (along with some institutional resources) we can gain back control of a system that no longer meets our needs – and we can spread our words to far more users than ever before. While my experiences suggest some work and commitment is required to craft and maintain new publication systems, we are able to do without the middlemen, still maintain academic quality and credibility, and create a more vibrant and accessible world of scholarly communication. I will share the processes, challenges, and results of several open-access ventures I have been engaged in.”
This panel is sponsored by the College of Creative Studies, the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, the Graduate Division, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and Instructional Development. Partners for the event are the Academic Senate, the College of Letters & Science, the Committee on Library, Information, & Instructional Resources, the Council on Research and Instructional Resources, the Graduate Students Association, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, and the Writing Program.
[Chuck Bazerman is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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