Year of Open events

The Year of Open is a joint effort by the University of Texas Libraries and Texas Learning Sciences to raise the profile of open content on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, in the city of Austin, and in the surrounding area.

During the 2015-2016 academic year we hosted four speakers who talked about open education, digital technologies in higher education, and the reproducibility of research. We are working to make sure all event videos are available via our online archive, Texas ScholarWorks.

David Wiley, Sept. 29, 2015: The Future is Now and It’s Open

David Ernst, Nov. 5, 2015: Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success

John Ioannidis, April 15, 2016: Performing, communicating and rewarding reproducible research

Randy Bass, May 10, 2016: Higher Education in the New Digital Ecosystem

Our Year of Open events (version 2.0) continued into the 2016-2017 academic year. Our first speaker was Clifford Lynch who talked about challenges and changes within the scholarly communication system. This video will be uploaded soon.

Please stay tuned for further information about Year of Open version 2.0 events.


Thank you to Clifford Lynch!

As part of our “Year of Open,” UT Libraries hosted CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch for a public presentation. Titled “Evolving Scholarly Practice and the New Challenges for Scholarly Communications, ” Dr. Lynch discussed multiple topics pertaining to digital scholarship, including data management, digital curation, research replication, and data packaging. He also held a special meeting with UT Librarians to discuss these topics in more depth. Learn more about Clifford Lynch.

Again, thank you for your incredible insight!

UT Austin supports OLH

UT Austin has joined an international consortium of libraries in supporting the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). OLH is a charitable organization that publishes open access humanities scholarship without charging any article processing charges. The costs of publication are supported by a consortium of over 190 partner libraries. OLH publishes in many humanities fields, including: classics, modern languages and cultures, philosophy, theology and history, political theory, sociology, anthropology, film and media studies, and digital humanities. We are excited to participate in this OA publishing model.

If you have any questions about our membership, please contact Colleen Lyon (c dot lyon at austin dot utexas dot edu) or your subject liaison.

Luminos and UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is a Futura Level member of Luminos. Luminos is a University of California open access monograph publishing program. It has the same selection, peer review, and production process as their traditional publishing model, but with a different mechanism for distributing the titles they publish. Instead of individuals or libraries purchasing a book, the digital edition of monographs published by Luminos will be available for free for anyone to download and read.

We are excited to be a part of Luminos, not only because it is a great way to support open access book publishing, but also because our membership in Luminos gives UT Austin faculty a 30% discount on the Title Publication Fee.

If you have questions about Luminos, please see their FAQs. If you have any questions about our membership, please contact Colleen Lyon (c dot lyon at austin dot utexas dot edu) or your subject liaison.