The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. Two of SPARC’s prominent experts, Nicole Allen and Nick Shockey, will be visiting five UC campuses in whirlwind California tour this May.

Shockey and Allen will talk about how Open Educational Resources and Open Access to scholarly publications can accelerate scholarship, benefit researchers, and improve education—including specific recommendations for how members of the campus community can get involved. To catch their presentation, “Raising the Impact of Research, Scholarship, and Education through Openness” and a Q&A session, see the schedule below for a campus near you.

More about Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education

Nicole leads SPARC’s work on open educational resources (OER), focusing on public policy and engaging and supporting the library community on this issue. She joined SPARC in 2013 already established as a leading figure in the OER movement, with seven years of experience in advocacy and grassroots organizing on OER and related public interest issues.

More about Nick Shockey, Director of Student Advocacy

As SPARC’s first director of student advocacy, Nick is responsible for growing SPARC’s relationship with the student community as well as managing the Right to Research Coalition, a group of local, national, and international student organizations that advocate for researchers, universities, and governments to adopt more open scholarly publishing practices. Under Nick’s direction, the coalition has grown to represent just under seven million students in approximately one hundred countries around the world and has facilitated student lobbying in more than two hundred congressional offices.


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