Impact of Open Access on Latin American research topic of Oct. 29 talk

Juan Pablo Alperin, scholar of Latin America and Open Access

Every October, the academic and research community worldwide celebrates Open Access Week to highlight the efforts and achievements of the Open Access movement. Open Access is the free, immediate online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use those results.

The research community at Vanderbilt has very strong ties in the Latin American region where Open Access is a necessity for scholarship creation. To explore this theme further through the lens of Latin America, the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have invited Juan Pablo Alperin, assistant professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing, for a campus-wide discussion of the state of scholarly communications in Latin America on Oct. 29.

Alperin, a scholar of Latin America and Open Access, will discuss the impact that Open Access has on the research landscape of Latin America. Additionally, the Heard Libraries are convening a panel discussion led by Alperin consisting of Vanderbilt experts who are familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities surrounding the creation and dissemination of knowledge in Latin America.The panelists are: Paula Covington, librarian for Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Studies and senior lecturer in Latin American studies;  Elizabeth Zechmeister, director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science; and Alejandra Romero-Morales, doctoral candidate in cell and developmental biology.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants (details below).

The event will be held in the Tarkington Room of Vanderbilt University Law School.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Lunch with Alperin. Lunches provided to the first 30 registrants who register.

12:30 to 1 p.m. – Lecture by Alperin.

1 to 2 p.m.  — Panel discussion led by Alperin.

Please contact Elisabeth Shook, librarian for copyright and scholarly communications, for any questions or concerns.