Find out what linguistics departments are doing to develop open policies in a manner consistent with disciplinary norms and values.  The webinar was led by representatives from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science, a multiyear project convening critical stakeholders to fundamentally improve the correlation between open practices, credit/reward systems, and research missions & values.  The Roundtable has launched a working group focused on departmental and disciplinary approaches to open activities.  This webinar, led by the coordinators of the working group, discussed what NASEM has learned about current and prospective plans for increasing the open sharing of research outputs within linguistics departments.  The session also explored possibilities for coordinated disciplinary action - for example, adopting common language about open activities in job postings, annual reports, and (potentially) tenure & promotion procedures. Finally, the webinar shared thoughts on engaging productively with institutional leadership (e.g., provosts, VPRs) to ensure that departmental policies are aligned with institutional policies.

Presenter slides:  Lauren Collister           Chris Bourg/Greg Tananbaum

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Lauren B. Collister (ORCID: 0000-0001-5767-8486) is the Director of Scholarly Communication at the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, where she leads initiatives such as the library’s Open Access Journal Publishing program, institutional and subject-based repositories, and copyright education and advocacy. She has been involved with the Open Movement since at least 2011 when she started to encounter paywalls and copyright issues while pursuing her PhD in Sociolinguistics. She is currently the chair of the LSA’s Committee on Scholarly Communication in Linguistics, and the co-editor of the forthcoming Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management from MIT Press. Her linguistics research interests include language in digital and virtual environments, whether in online gaming communities or Open Access publisher websites.


Chris Bourg is the Director of Libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also has oversight of the MIT Press. She is also the founding director of the Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS). Prior to assuming her role at MIT, Chris worked for 12 years in the Stanford University Libraries, most recently as the Associate University Librarian for Public Services. Before Stanford, she spent 10 years as an active duty U.S. Army officer, including three years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

Chris has extensive experience promoting open scholarship. She is currently co-chair of the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research, and is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable on Aligning Incentive for Open Science. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of SocArXiv, an open access platform for social science research; a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the University Library, and chair of the Management Board of the MIT Press. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and is past chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of Research Libraries. In 2016, Chris co-chaired the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on the Future of Libraries, which produced a bold vision for research libraries in a computational age. 

Chris has written and spoken extensively on equitable and open scholarship, the future of research libraries, diversity and inclusion in higher education, and the role libraries play in advancing social justice and democracy. She received her BA from Duke University, her MA from the University of Maryland, and her MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford

Greg Tananbaum is the founder and coordinator of the Open Research Funders Group, a partnership of philanthropies committed to the open sharing of research outputs.  In this capacity, he also co-leads the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science. This multiyear project convenes critical stakeholders -- including leadership from universities, government agencies, and funders -- to fundamentally improve the correlation between open practices, credit/reward systems, and research missions & values. Tananbaum has worked in open access and open science for two decades, with organizations including SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Microsoft Research, the American Heart Association, the University of California, and the Public Library of Science (PLOS).  He holds a Master's Degree from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.