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Scholarship Opportunity: Bookbuilders of Boston 2020

Bookbuilders of Boston, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1937 to promote excellence and innovation in book publishing and manufacturing, makes annual grants to area universities and colleges, providing student scholarships for engagement in projects that build awareness and practical knowledge of various aspects of the publishing industry.

The Boston College Libraries are seeking a BC undergraduate or graduate student interested in exploring the Open Access landscape in academic publishing. The student will have the opportunity to work with the Digital Scholarship Group on projects that support Boston College open access journals

Projects will demonstrate how open publishing can help remove financial barriers by providing free access to scholarship from all over the world. At the BC Libraries, we add to this effort by indexing our scholarly journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals, gathering analytical statistics based on the total readership of the academic journals hosted here at Boston College, and promoting these findings to centers and institutions on campus which may be interested in starting their own journals.

Skills learned and developed will be applicable in careers in online publishing, digital marketing, editorial work, academics, and digital scholarship. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in open access and an affinity for marketing and promotion. Basic graphic design and web competency skills are a plus. 

The stipend for this work is $3,500 to be distributed over the course of the project, and it is expected that the candidate will invest up to 200 hours of time into the project overall. The project timeframe is flexible depending on the candidate’s availability, but will need to be completed no later than January 2021.

To apply, please send a one to two page statement outlining your interest and relevant background, skills and learning goals by January 24, 2020, to Sarah Melton (sarah.melton@bc.edu). Please include your full name, class year, and contact information on a separate cover sheet.

The successful candidate will be invited and expected to attend a reception for all Boston-area Bookbuilders scholarship recipients in April, where they will be officially recognized along with the other recipients representing colleges and universities throughout Boston.

Spring 2019 Graduate Student Opportunity

Are you a Boston College graduate student with an interest in open access digital publishing? See the announcement below for a new opportunity!


The Boston College Libraries are seeking a BC graduate student interested in publishing to develop documentation and educational materials for the Libraries’ digital publishing platform. If selected for this project, you will develop technical expertise while learning about publishing practices and workflows.

You will work with the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Group to support the migration of our digital journals to the Open Journal Systems (OJS) 3 platform. Working with the Scholarly Communication Librarian and the Digital Publishing Specialist, you will create walkthroughs, slidedecks, and other documentation for journal editors. You may also have the opportunity to create outreach materials to help promote the publishing program.

An ideal candidate will demonstrate interest and ability in learning and applying new technologies, as well as an interest in open access publishing. No computer programming skills are required, but a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, as well as common workflows in content management systems, will be helpful, but training will be provided. The stipend for this work is $1,750, and it is expected that candidate will invest up to 100 hours of time into the project overall. The project timeframe is flexible depending on the candidate’s availability, but will need to be completed no later than May 2019.

To apply, please send a one-page statement outlining your interest and relevant background, skills and learning goals by December 21, 2018, to Sarah Melton (sarah.melton@bc.edu).

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OpenCon 2018 Boston

Boston College and Boston University Libraries are pleased to announce OpenCon 2018 Boston. This year’s event will feature a screening of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship. We are excited to welcome the film’s producer and director Jason Schmitt for a panel discussion.

Additionally, we are currently seeking proposals for the following:
• 20 – 25 minute presentations about Open Access, Open Data, or Open Educational projects currently in planning or underway
• 2-5 minute lightning talks
• Breakout sessions with work to be completed in-person by attendants

OpenCon Boston 2018 is not organized around any specific theme. All proposals will be reviewed. However, special consideration will be given for proposals that address the following:

• Openness in Promotion and Tenure processes
• Tracking OA citations and impact – especially integrating that into grant proposals
• Collaborating with Open Access outside of academia (e.g. open government data groups, civic engagement groups, activism, etc.)

All proposals must be received by midnight on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 for consideration.