Grad Student Selected As U of G OpenCon Representative

In celebration of Open Access week and to promote its commitment to supporting the transformation of scholarship, the University of Guelph Library is pleased announce that it is sponsoring a student to attend OpenCon 2014. OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data.  The conference takes place November 15-17, 2014 in Washington D.C.  April Clyburne-Sherin, a Master of Science candidate in epidemiology at the Ontario Veterinary College was selected as the University of Guelph representative. She is considered one of the University of Guelph's next generation scholars and researchers who will help advance the issues on our campus and beyond.

OpenCon aims to start a grassroots movement among young researchers so they adopt and encourage Open Access principles.  Many universities in Canada and the U.S. are sending representatives and Clyburn-Sherin was selected as U of G’s representative because of her passion for Open Access and her eagerness to connect and share what she learned with other young researchers following the conference.  She currently works as a Clinical Research Project Assistant and at the EnRICH Lab at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. 

“I believe that openness and transparency are fundamental to good science, and I meet young researchers everyday who feel similarly. As young researchers, we are excited to adopt best practices for our own research and knowledge translation in terms of openness, but are also junior additions to our labs with little say in our lab research approaches. I find this position frustrating, so am looking to connect with other young researchers at OpenCon,” said Clyburn-Sherin. 

She plans to create a podcast of her experience at OpenCon and share what she learns with fellow researchers in an attempt to bring more transparency and openness to her lab and research community.  

International Open Access Week, a global celebration of Open Access as the new norm in scholarship and research, is celebrated the week of October 20-26, 2014.