Concordia and Open Access Self-Archiving

Fascinating talk:

News@Concordia: Stevan Harnad, Maximizing Concordia University’s Research Impact, April 25

Reactions were varied but some of us were able to have a very good chat after the talk. For one thing, it helped me understand the whole “Green OA” issue in a new light. As an idealist non-tenured faculty, I tend to get dreamy about the possibilities for the next step in the Open Access movement. Including in terms of pedagogy and community outreach. But Harnad’s talk really put the focus on the “knowledge ecology” involved in this world of unlimited resources.

To me, Concordia is an interesting case. So far, the university’s online visibility has been quite low, self-archiving is quite rare among Concordia researchers, and people tend to focus on the logistics. But Concordia seems to be on a mission to redefine itself in the broader frame of “forward-looking institutions of higher learning.” Contrary to McGill (Concordia’s “neighbour”), Concordia focuses on such things as flexibility, diversity, community outreach and, yes, even rebranding (which some people dislike). Sure, much of it might be “corporate-speak” to increase enrollment. But the point is, Concordia seems to truly cherish the diversity of its enrolled students. In fact, it’s not positioning itself as the “so elite, just being admitted is enough to get a job” model typical of certain prestigious institutions in the United States. Some people at Concordia are making sure that the message of “going forward to meet new challenges” is heard.

It’s no secret that I like Concordia. As my second semester there comes to an end and as I reflect on my time there, I tend to see this university as a place where true learning can occur. I may only teach one more semester there before I move to Austin so I will enjoy it to the last drop. And, who knows, I might find as many things to like in Texas once I’m settled there.

If Concordia can increase its visibility by engaging itself on the OA route, I’m all for it.

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5 responses to “Concordia and Open Access Self-Archiving

  • Concordia Repository « Disparate

    […] by enkerli on May 7th, 2007 In the Concordia Journal, an enthusiastic write-up  about Harnad’s recent talk on Open Access […]

  • enkerli

    Christopher,

    It’ll only be in December but I’ll certainly appreciate the opportunity to hook up with people from the wider region, especially some who have interesting ideas about teaching!
    Thanks for the offer!

    Alexandre

  • christopherconway

    Let me know when you arrive in Austin Enkerli– I can recommend several good restaurants, and if I’m in town, I’ll take you to one of them. (I live 3 1/2 hours away by car but try to go down as much as I can.)

  • enkerli

    That’d be funny. I did notice that one of the other universities with the same name was in Austin but I still don’t specify that I’m talking about Concordia University in Montreal.
    My wife has a tenure-track at UT starting January 2008. I’m not yet sure what I’ll do in Austin.

  • christopherconway

    You are moving to Austin, TX? Great City. Will you be teaching at Concordia in Austin?

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