The Open Access Symposium 2016, hosted by University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries and SPARC Africa, in partnership with SPARC, Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), took place over six days in December. The proceedings included three pre-conference workshops hosted by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Libraries together with the NRF, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Library and UCT Libraries. With the theme “Empowerment through open scholarship: transcending boundaries”, the symposium sought to grow the openness movement in Africa, grow skills capacity among African delegates, develop communities of practice, and provide networking opportunities and opportunities for knowledge sharing.
"Open Access (OA) is a no-brainer!” "... The real value of learning is sharing what you've learned" “…we need new indicators [of measuring scholarship] to break out of the status quo” “students cannot learn from books they can’t afford”
These are some quotes from our international speakers who will share their expert knowledge on open access, data management, open educational resources, copyright guidelines and practice over a period of two and a half days (6-8 December). The Open Access Symposium, hosted by UCT Libraries, with SPARC USA, SPARC Africa, NRF and LIASA, will be held at iThemba LABS, Faure. Three parallel workshops (at three different locations) will precede the Symposium that will focus on practical training and developing skills for delegates from Africa.
The Symposium will bring together a range of international experts who will share their research, experience and expertise on the theme, Empowerment through open scholarship: transcending boundaries. The theme exploits ‘openness’ to foster collaborative research activities and sharing that transcend the boundaries of resources and capacity.
Three workshops will take place on 4-5 December in three different locations. The topics are:
1) Library as publisher (venue: University of the Western Cape, Bellville);
2) Institutional repository: creation and management (hosted by the National Research Foundation, venue: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville); and
3) Legislation, copyright and funder agreements (venue: UCT Libraries: the Hlanganani Junction)
*Note that the workshops are free – you do not have to register for the Symposium to attend the workshops
UCT Libraries has now published the second issue of UR@UCT, the undergraduate research journal, as well as two new monographs.
The latest issue of UR@UCT contains articles highlighting some of the research presented by undergraduates at the Faculty of Health Sciences annual Undergraduate Research Day last year. The two new monographs are the latest edition of the UCT Author-Date Reference Guide, (previously the well-known Harvard UCT: Handbook on Citation) and A Week in the Life of the UCT/GSH Department of Medicine, a photo essay about what the Department does, its achievements and challenges, and its legacy and future.
The Libraries have now published four monographs since piloting this service in December 2015.