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Oberlin Group: Open & Equitable Scholarship in the Liberal Arts Lecture Series

Co-hosted by: Hilary Baribeau, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Colby College & Krystie Wilfong, Associate College Librarian for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications at Bates College

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The 2017 report from MIT’s task force on the future of libraries noted that solving the complex challenges facing libraries, publishers, funders, and scholars in creating more open and equitable systems of scholarly communication would require investment in research, development, and experimentation. Specifically, the task force recommended that MIT establish a research center based in the MIT Libraries, to enable bold experimentation and to serve as a hub for best-in-class research on the great challenges in information science and scholarly communication. From this recommendation, and the report from our Mellon-funded Grand Challenges Summit, the Center for Research in Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) was born.

The basic idea behind CREOS is that we “need more science in our open science” — the policies, infrastructure, business models, collective and individual actions intended to advance open and equitable science ought to be informed by a body of rigorous research. To meet this challenge, CREOS conducts, supports, inspires, and disseminates research on open and equitable scholarship; specifically in the following areas:

  • Incentives and barriers to equitable and open scholarship
  • Impacts of equitable and open scholarship
  • Economic models for equitable and open scholarship

In this talk, Chris will describe and discuss:

  • CREOS’ relationship to the MIT Libraries and the rest of MIT;
  • Past , current, and future CREOS research projects;
  • Current CREOS research capacity;
  • Plans, ideas, and questions about future directions for CREOS.

Chris Bourg is the Director of Libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also has oversight of the MIT Press. She is also the founding director of the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS). Prior to assuming her role at MIT, Chris worked for 12 years in the Stanford University Libraries. Before Stanford, she spent 10 years as an active-duty U.S. Army officer, including three years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She received her BA from Duke University, her MA from the University of Maryland, and her MA and Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford.

Chris has extensive experience promoting equitable and open scholarship and is an advocate for the role of libraries in promoting social justice and democracy. Chris co-chaired the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries and the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research, and is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science. Chris is a member of several advisory boards and steering committees, including: SocArXiv Steering Committee; Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the University Library; External Advisory Board of the Stanford Data Science Institute’s Center for Open and Reproducible Science (DSI-CORES); Cambia Board of Directors; and SPARC Steering Committee.

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