Open Access Week

SFU Harbour Centre is hosting an event as part of the annual International Open Access Week, and is a collaboration between the UBC Library, SFU Library, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), BC Campus and the BC Research Libraries Group (BCRLG).

Open for Collaboration: Is it Time for Canada to Implement A Unified Open Strategy for Higher Education?

Embedded within the vision of post-secondary institutions across British Columbia are the values of contributing to knowledge across disciplines and sharing the results of research with the local and global communities. Spurred by the need to make higher education accessible to all, the open movement has gained ground as the Internet evolved to enable easy sharing of different forms of media. However, while the notion of “open” in higher education has been growing in British Columbia, the default scholarly approach is still closed. It is time for the scholarly conversation to shift from why open, to why not open?

This event will feature a keynote from John Willinksy, Director of the Public Knowledge Project, and a panel discussion with notable speakers in the open movement:

  • Dr. John Willinksy, Director of the Public Knowledge Project, Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University, Professor in Publishing Studies at SFU, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the SFU Library.
  • Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin, Professor in Publishing Studies at SFU and a collaborator on the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University.
  • David Ascher, VP of Product for the Mozilla Foundation
  • Inba Kehoe, Copyright Officer and Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Victoria Libraries.
  • Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager, Open Education at BCcampus
  • Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) J. Redfield, Professor in the Department of Zoology at UBC

The event will take place on October 22, 2015 from 5:30–8:30 pm. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Governor General finalists include founder of the Centre for Dialogue

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the finalists in seven categories for this year’s Governor General’s Literary Awards.

In the non-fiction category is Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive by Mark L. Winston. According to a fellow profile, “Winston’s fascination for bees not only sparked a distinguished career as an internationally leading expert on bees and pollination, but also permeated his future work in dialogue. …For more than two decades, Winston taught, researched and wrote extensively on bees, agriculture, environmental issues and science policy. … He has utilized dialogue in classrooms, corporations, non-profit organizations, government, and community settings to develop leadership and communication skills, conduct strategic planning, inspire organizational change, and thoughtfully engage public audiences with controversial issues.” Dr. Winston is a professor of biological sciences and was the founding director of the Semester in Dialogue (2002-2014) and the Centre for Dialogue (2006-2014) at SFU.

There are several other local authors and BC publishers on the list of finalists, such as Harbour Publishing, Talonbooks, Patrick Lane, Susin Nielsen, and Orca Book Publishers to name a few. Read the full list of finalists here.

The Alcuin Society’s 50th anniversary talk series

The Alcuin Society is celebrating 50 years with a series of talks. These events look at the changes occurring in the last decades in publishing, book selling and, of course, the Alcuin Society, with specific examples. Unfortunately, this post is a bit belated, so the first talk has already taken place, but there are still two more scheduled for this fall.


The first talk of the series was on September 24 with Alex Rimmer, grandson of Jim Rimmer, of Pie Tree Press. Jim Rimmer, Vancouver native, is known for his work in graphic design, letterpress printing, and typography. He taught and inspired numerous students, sparking the remarkable Jim Rimmer Collection at SFU.

The second talk looks at the ever-changing book selling industry, with Don Stewart, owner of the long-standing MacLeod’s Books on Thursday, October 22, at 7 pm.

The final event on will take a comprehensive look at the Alcuin Society with Dr. Richard Hopkins, member of the society for the last 46 years. Hopkins, owner of Hourglass Books, book seller, collector, lecturer, will approach the society’s history with humour and gusto, in his engaging presentation on Thursday, November 26, at 7 pm.

All the events will be held at the Post at 750 (the CBC building across from VPL Main Branch), 110-750 Hamilton Street in Vancouver. While the events are free, seating is limited, so please RSVP for each event separately via Eventbrite.

Print Culture lecture by Roger Chartier

“A Bibliographical History: Editions and Translations of Las Casas’ La destruyción de las Indias, 1552-1820″

Bartolomé de las Casas’  La destruyción  de las Indias  was a scathing indictment of European colonial mistreatment of the  indigenous peoples of the Americas. This remarkable theological and eschatological history foresaw imminent divine punishment for Spain’s atrocities  in the New World. Based on the collections of the Library  of the University of Pennsylvania, this lecture will follow the multiple appropriations of Las Casas’ denunciation of the Spanish cruelties and tyrannies in America as translated, published, illustrated and presented in Early Modern Europe. The analysis of the various translations (particularly into French, English, and Italian) will provide a paradigmatic example of the multiple meanings given to Las Casas’  text by its translators, editors, and publishers and illuminates a cultural history and the ongoing legacy of the early modern colonial project.


1400-1430 Segal Centre, Harbour Centre, SFU Vancouver at 515 West Hastings

7:30pm on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reception follows. RSVP

Display at Bennett Library featuring poet, editor, and essayist Robin Blaser

Visit the Robin Blaser display at the Burnaby campus and learn about this captivating poet, editor, and essayist.

As part of the SFU 50th Anniversary celebration Bennett Library’s Special Collections & Rare Books Division has mounted a display on Robin Blaser’s life and work.

Former SFU professor Robin Blaser (1925-2009) came north to Vancouver from San Francisco in 1966 to join the newly established SFU English Dept.  He taught at the university for two decades, during which time he proved a charismatic and inspiring teacher, as well as a practicing poet, editor and essayist with a steadily rising international reputation.

The display is on the W.A.C. Bennett Library’s main floor (3rd) and continues outside Special Collections on the 7th floor, from September 10 – October 30, 2015. Materials are drawn from the extensive Blaser archive, housed in the Contemporary Literature Collection of Special Collections and Rare Books.

Alcuin Society’s Vancouver ceremony for Book Design Awards 2015

The West Coast book designers who won some of the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada this year will be celebrated in Vancouver on October 15.

This year the Alcuin Society experiments with a new format: instead of having the habitual speaker, the society invited a panel of children’s books’ illustrators and designers to talk about the challenges, rewards, and future of children’s books publishing. The panel is comprised of award winning illustrators and designers Sara Gillingham, Julie Flett, Julie Morstad, and Cynthia Nugent. It will be moderated by Robin Mitchell Cranfield, one of this year’s judges in the Book Design Awards (and an instructor in the Publishing Department at SFU).


The event will take place at Emily Carr University of Art+Design (Auditorium – Room 301 South Building) on 1400 Johnston Street, in Granville Island. Arrive early (by 6:30 pm), for a chance to view all the winning books. The formal event will start at 7 pm.

Note: There is also a Toronto event on October 5, with keynote speaker George Walker.

Fred Moten Reading Group

A reading group has been organized by SFU’s new Writer-in-Residence Jordan Scott and in anticipation of Fred Moten‘s visit to Vancouver.

The Fred Moten reading group will meet three consecutive Thursdays starting October 1 at SFU Harbor Center. The reading group will culminate in a reading and discussion with the author himself during his visit to Vancouver from October 23–25, 2015.

The books to be read:

  • The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study. Fred Moten and Stefano Harvey. Autonomedia (May 1, 2013)
  • The Little Edges. Wesleyan Poetry Series (2014)
  • The Feel Trio. Letter Machine Editions (2014)

Copies of the books are available through the organizers. Please email Jordan Scott if you require copies. To register, please message the organizers through Facebook or email Jordan Scott. Participation is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by The Capilano Review and the SFU Department of English.

Reading Group schedule:

Thu Oct 01 | 19:00 – 21:00
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus. Room 2925 (Hemlock Printers Seminar Room)
Discussion: The Undercommons.

Thu Oct 08 | 19:00 – 21:00
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus. Room 2925 (Hemlock Printers Seminar Room)
Discussion: The Undercommons and The Little Edges.

Thu Oct 15 | 19:00 – 21:00
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus. Room 2925 (Hemlock Printers Seminar Room)
Discussion: The Little Edges and The Feel Trio

Fri Oct 23 | Time and location TBA
Reading and Discussion with Fred Moten.

ABOUT FRED MOTEN: In 2009, Fred Moten was recognized as one of ten “New American Poets” by the Poetry Society of America. In addition to being a poet, Moten is also a scholar whose work explores black studies, performance studies, poetry, and critical theory.  He is also cofounder and copublisher of the small literary press Three Count Pour. Moten currently works as a professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He lives in Los Angeles.

Open City: One Book, One SFU

In celebration of Simon Fraser University’s 50th anniversary, SFU Library is launching One Book, One SFU.

Teju Cole’s original and superbly subtle first novel, Open City, is the inaugural chosen book. Join us during the 2015 Community Summit for a special event during which Teju Cole and Eleanor Wachtel, host and co-founder of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company, will explore Cole’s work, the power of cities, and the lure of literature.

Copies of Open City are available to all members of the SFU community at Bennett, Belzberg, and Fraser Libraries.

Apply for the Simon Fraser University Library Scholarship for OpenCon 2015 – Brussels, Belgium

OpenCon 2015 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 14-16, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.
The meeting will convene students and early career researchers from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon‘s three focus areas—Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. Participants for the conference will be selected through an application process.

Complete and submit the form at http://www.opencon2015.org/simon_fraser_university by September 28th to apply for the Simon Fraser University Library travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015.  Simon Fraser University graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply through this form. The Simon Fraser University Library will decide which applicant will receive the scholarship, and applicants will be notified by October 2nd.

Information about OpenCon 2015 – http://www.opencon2015.org/
Participant FAQ – http://www.opencon2015.org/participant_faq
**please note: the SFU Library scholarship includes registration to OpenCon.  The scholarship is not restricted to those already accepted to attend.**