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KU Libraries accepting nominations for 4th annual open access award

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The University of Kansas Libraries are now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Shulenburger Award for Innovation & Advocacy in Scholarly Communication. The award will be granted for exceptional efforts to advance innovations in open sharing and advocacy for positive change in the scholarly communication system.

Up to two awardees will be selected from nominations of KU Lawrence faculty/staff members and/or undergraduate or graduate students involved in a faculty-sponsored project. KU Lawrence academic departments, research centers, or schools are also eligible for the award.

  • Awards will be between $500 and $2,500
  • The individual awardee may be invited to serve a term on KU's Open Access Advisory Board

Any individual or unit affiliated with the University of Kansas may nominate an individual, department, school or center that demonstrates excellence in this area – self nominations are also accepted. A selection committee consisting of the previous year's winner, KU Lawrence faculty from multiple disciplines, and chaired by senior library administrators will be appointed annually by the dean of KU Libraries to review nominations and make recommendations for final approval by the dean. The winner will be announced during events at KU during International Open Access Week in mid-October, 2017.

Additional information about the award, including judging criteria and requested nomination materials can be found at

The nomination deadline is Monday, September 18, at 12 p.m. Please submit requested nomination materials to Ada Emmett, head of KU Libraries Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright at

“As demonstrated by previous winners Town Peterson, Marc Greenberg and John Symons, University of Kansas faculty and staff are active participants in efforts to widen access to research results in their disciplines and scholarly societies,” said Ada Emmett, head of the Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright. “This advocacy is of direct benefit to the scholars and citizens of Kansas and beyond. We encourage nominations of KU colleagues—faculty, staff and students—who demonstrate leadership and contribute significantly to the global democratization of access to knowledge as expressed through open access, open science, open data and open education.”

Since the 1990’s, former KU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger has advocated, locally and nationally, for open access to the results of research. His efforts to push for innovation and greater equity in the access to scholarly endeavors led to campus-wide conversations between an ever-growing number of faculty supporters and the development of infrastructures to support open access to the scholarly literature published at KU. This long history seeded the growth of widespread faculty support, leading to the 2005 launch of KU ScholarWorks, the development of the Digital Publishing Services, both managed by KU Libraries, a Faculty Senate resolution in support of better dissemination practices, and culminating in the passage of the Faculty Senate’s Open Access Policy in 2009.

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