New White House Open Access Rules: How Libraries Can Help Researchers & Faculty Scale The Paywall

Sponsored by Digital Science
Recorded on 11/16/2022

Posted in Open Access and Open Educational Resources

How can libraries prepare for the open access mandate set forth in the OSTP’s new memo?


Globally, the past decade has seen a move from 70% of all publishing being closed access to 54% being open access. The White House OSTP’s new memo will see this trend advance rapidly in the United States, with not only federally-funded publications themselves but associated datasets being required to be made publicly available without embargo.

In the wake of the memorandum, research institutions and libraries have challenges ahead: how to put in place internal workflows and guidance that will enable faculty to easily identify eligible research and make it openly available, how to support multiple pathways to open access, and how to best engage and incentivize researchers and faculty.

This webinar will explore learnings from library and information professionals who are already leading in Open Access engagement and technology workflow experts who are helping to cut through complexity and minimize faculty fatigue.


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    Kate Byrne

    VP, Product ManagementSymplectic

    As VP, Product Management, Kate leads product development and product-related community engagement at Symplectic.

    Kate has a background in libraries, research information management, and open access. Her previous role was with the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia as the Manager, Research Reporting where she was responsible for managing Symplectic Elements and the annual research publications collection for the University. She joined the Symplectic team in London in 2016, relocating from Sydney, Australia. Kate is passionate about making research information management easier for all involved.

    Outside of Kate’s salaried roles, she has undertaken numerous leadership roles within the library and information community, including notably through her work as Co-Creator of the International Librarians Network (ILN) which provided free peer-mentoring for over 6,000 librarians from around the world.

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    Andrew McKenna-Foster

    Product SpecialistFigshare

    Andrew Mckenna-Foster is a Product Specialist at Figshare with over 12 years of experience working with research and archival data. For a decade, Andrew oversaw the operations of a small natural history museum and aquarium and directed the related research programs and biological collections. An interest in open science and data management led Andrew to the field of information science and he received a masters of library and information science, with a focus in data curation, from the University of Washington in 2020. At Figshare, Andrew focuses on helping researchers and librarians think through their open research and repository needs.

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    Keith Webster

    Dean of University LibrariesCarnegie Mellon University

    Keith Webster was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University in July 2013 and was additionally appointed as Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives in July 2015. He also has a courtesy academic appointment at the University’s H. John Heinz III College. Previously, Keith was Vice President and Director of Academic Relations and Strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons. He was formerly Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Queensland in Australia, leading one of the largest university and hospital library services in the southern hemisphere. Earlier positions include University Librarian at Victoria University in New Zealand, Head of Information Policy at HM Treasury, London, and Director of Information Services at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

    Keith has held professorships in information science at Victoria University of Wellington and City University, London. He is a Chartered Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK), and has served on government advisory boards, journal editorial boards, and as an officer in professional and learned societies around the world. He is currently Chair of the National Information Standards Organization.

    Keith’s professional interests include research evaluation, learning space design and trends in scholarly communication. He is a regular speaker on topics such as the future of research libraries and the impact of open science on publishing and libraries.

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