Beyond the Walls of the Academy: Open Tools and Strategies for Supporting Community Researchers


Community organizations and members of the general public engage in research practices, from community engaged research partnerships, to citizen science projects, to more informal initiatives. However, given restrictive licensing and costly academic research platforms, it can be challenging for both public and academic libraries to provide them with tools and support.

This panel brings together experts in open research tools to discuss strategies for supporting community researchers. Participants will learn about community engagement strategies, accessible tools for literature reviews and open data, and participate in group discussion about how our library systems can better support community research on Vancouver Island.


Shahira Khair, Rich McCue, Christian Schmidt

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