Director of Programs & Engagement
Hosted by SPARC, OpenCon is a global community that empowers the next generation to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and seeks to drive culture change at scale. Since launching in 2014, OpenCon has received more than 25,000 applications to attend its main global meeting and reached more than 4,500 in-person participants—most at 70 satellite events that have been locally hosted across 32 countries. The community has helped to launch dozens of projects and collaborations, including a monthly community call for librarians working on Open on campus and this year’s Open Action Kit to support Open Access Week activities. This session will explore lessons learned in how to effectively engage early career researchers on campus, opportunities for libraries to tap into the existing OpenCon network, and how OpenCon can evolve to support librarians working to advance Open on campus as effectively as possible.