The local Philadelphia Scholarly Communication Group (PSCG) has organized two events, on Wednesday October 24th and Thursday October 25th, to coincide with 2012 Open Access Week. The PSCG is an informal collection of scholarly communication librarians from regional institutions that include: Drexel, Bryn Mawr, Temple, Thomas Jefferson, Villanova, La Salle, Rutgers, PCOM, Swarthmore, Haverford, Widener, DeSales, St. Joseph’s, and University of Pennsylvania.

Join us on Thursday, October 25th 1:30-4:00 pm on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University to hear two presentations dealing with open access issues.

This is a free event. Please email if you are interested in attending. Limited seating will be available. Location: Bluemle Life Science Building , 233 South 10th Street (between Walnut and Locust), Philadelphia, PA 19107. Room 105.

1:30-2:00 pm: Check-in

2:00 pm: Brian S. McGowan, PhD. Independent consultant and author of forthcoming book: #SocialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving your Healthcare. Graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, who specializes in adult education focusing on medical education and evidence-based educational design with expertise in medical educational compliance and regulations.

This session will explore the need for building and supporting a biomedical science research commons. Issues to be explored include:

1. Healthcare quality variation as the driving force for the research commons

2. Integrating implementation science, social network science, and behavior change science to construct the research commons

3. The research commons and big data – evolving the accepted ‘dose of science’

4. Essential elements of the systems supporting the research commons

5. The new competencies needed to leverage the research commons

3:00 pm: Nicole Allen.

Student Public Interest Research Groups Textbook Advocate and director of the Make Textbooks Affordable project. Since 2007, she has worked with students, faculty and decision-makers across the country to address the rapidly rising cost of college textbooks through grassroots organizing, public education and advocacy. Nationally recognized as a leading issue expert, Ms. Allen’s research and opinions have been cited in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. A life-long activist, Ms. Allen began her career in higher education advocacy as a student at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, where she graduated in 2006 with a degree in Philosophy

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