COPIM Connects Librarians: OA books options and advice for your authors (hosted online by ALN & COPIM)

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About this event

Date: Tuesday 28 November 2023  
Time: 10.00 - 11.30 
Format: Online via Teams

With the imminent launch of the UKRI OA books policy in January, and the rise in activity surrounding OA book publishing more broadly, authors need sound guidance to navigate this rapidly developing area of publishing. This webinar, jointly organised by ALN and OA books experts from Copim, will support librarians in making authors aware of their open access options for books. 

Featuring librarian speakers, an OA publisher, and an author with experience of publishing their book OA, this session will cover:

  • The different publishing options available to authors, including no-BPC outlets and the rise in specialist, community-led, born-OA presses;
  • How to tackle the thorny issue of prestige;
  • The essential information about policies, including UKRI, PALOMERA, and the REF;
  • The range of resources that currently exist to support authors in understanding OA books, including licensing and fees.

This session will give you tools to support your researchers and to help facilitate the transition to open information and removing barriers to access. You will come away with a better understanding of how open access for books is being facilitated and the different ways you can share this information with your researchers.


  • Chair: Elaine Sykes, Acting Associate Director, Content and Open Research, Lancaster University Library
  • Publisher: Lucy Barnes, Senior Editor and Outreach Coordinator, Open Book Publishers & Outreach Lead for the Copim Open Book Futures Project
  • Librarian: Alex Wheeler, Academic Liaison Librarian, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Librarian: Emily Nunn, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Sheffield
  • Author/academic: Professor Caroline Warman, Zeitlyn Fellow and Tutor in French at Jesus College and Professor of French Literature and Thought at the University of Oxford

This webinar is aimed at Liaison Librarians and other colleagues on the ‘front line’ of talking to academics about OA books.