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Thursday, June 13

8:45am PDT

Welcome & Opening Plenary Address - Juan Pablo Alperin
Understanding and Improving Incentives for Open Access

Faculty want their research to be made available to the widest possible audience. Yet, despite the arguments for doing so, and despite the policies put in place by governments, universities, and funders, less than 50% of the research published today is made freely available to the public through open access (OA) models. The lack of universal OA is indicative of the tension faculty experience between the laudable goal of making research public and the emphasis review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) committees place on citation metrics and “high impact” publications. This presentation will draw on an analysis of RPT documents from a representative sample of 129 universities in the United States and Canada and on a survey of 338 faculty to discuss how the RPT process, and faculty's perceptions of it, may be hindering the opening of research. The presentation will conclude by opening a discussion and offering suggestions into the ways that faculty can reduce the tension between sharing with the public and advancing their careers.


Juan Pablo Alperin

Assistant Professor, School of Publishing at Simon Fraser University
Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the School of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, the Associate Director of Research for the Public Knowledge Project, and the co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, with training in computer... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom
Friday, June 14

9:00am PDT

Plenary Address - Sarah Dupont
Accelerating Allyship: Indigenization, Decolonization, and Reconciliation in Librarianship

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released its summary findings report. Stories of starvation, assimilation, and cultural and physical genocide towards Indigenous children, who were government-mandated participants in the Indian Residential School system, were laid painfully bare. In our collective sadness, and, for many, shock, our Nation was asked to bear witness to this truth and to begin a journey toward reconciliation. 94 Calls to Action were put forth by the TRC and since then, the library and archival professions have mobilized towards meaningful responses to the calls in local and national contexts.
With foundation-building work needed on personal, spiritual, and professional levels for many information professionals about Indigenous histories and current contexts, Indigenous librarians and archivists are increasingly called upon to assist their colleagues in learning what public schools previously failed to teach. This conversation will connect concepts of allyship to examples from practice so that participants can begin to support and extend the capacity of Indigenous colleagues from a place of humble understanding and respect. The work of the Xwi7xwa Library and the Indigitization program offer insights to the work of Indigenization and Decolonization, as well as a pathway for the work of Reconciliation in library settings.

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Sarah Dupont

Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library, First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia
Sarah Dupont serves as the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at the Xwi7xwa Library, First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. Her work includes projects such as the Indigitization program, public services, and coordinating the annual Indigenous (Un)History Month exhibition. She is also the Coordinator of the iSchool’s First Nations Curriculum Concentration, and recently co-instructed its only Indigenous information course. Sarah is the convenor of the F... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom
Saturday, June 15

11:30am PDT

Closing Plenary Address and Luncheon - Patricia O’Connell Killen, PhD
"Disruption and Depth: Pacific Northwest Religiousness, Faith Traditions, and the Quest for Wisdom in Our Time"

When it comes to religion, the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington and British Columbia) has been something of a “canary in the mine.” Since earliest Euro-American settlement, institutional religion has never gained the traction it once had in other parts of the U.S. and Canada. Personal choice has driven religious identity and practice. The region has been malleable in the imaginations of immigrants: a place of preservation through isolation, escape from religiously inflected social control, innovation in historic traditions’ religious thought and practice, or rebirth in nature. As the rest of the U.S. and Canada come more and more to resemble the Pacific Northwest religiously, the region’s religion and spirituality offer clues to the possibilities and pitfalls confronting historic faiths, emergent religious forms, and individual spiritual quests in this time of unprecedented globalization, social and cultural disruption, and environmental crisis.

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Dr. Patricia O’Connell Killen

Professor of Religious Studies and Senior University Fellow, Gonzaga University
Dr. Patricia O’Connell Killen is Professor of Religious Studies and Senior University Fellow at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she also served for seven years as academic vice president. Killen received her MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University. A historian... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom