National Open Publishing Future Directions and Collective Action

Join us at the CONUL National Open Publishing Event, where national stakeholders will share ongoing work to reshape future publishing and open research in Ireland. Learn from international leaders and be part of the national conversation to drive innovation and collaboration in scholarly communication. 

Date: Tuesday, 20 Feb 2024, 2 – 4 pm IST. The event is a two-hour online event with talks and a panel.  

Topic: Open Publishing Future Directions and Collective Action 

Where: Online Event by CONUL Research Group using Zoom



International perspectives  

  • Kathleen Shearer, COAR Executive Director 
  • Dr Giannis Tsakonas, Vice President LIBER/University of Patras 

Irish landscape 

Questions and discussions (panel of all speakers) 


Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), an international association of repository initiatives with a membership of over 130 organizations worldwide from over 50 countries. COAR’s aim is to enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through a global network of open access repositories based on international collaboration and interoperability. Shearer has been the Executive Director of COAR since 2013, and participates in numerous initiatives and organizations internationally. She is a Principal Investigator of the COAR Notify, which recently received substantial funding from Arcadia Fund to develop the technologies required to link repositories with peer review services. And is a lead author of numerous publications including Current State and Future Directions for Open Repositories in Europe, Next Generation Repositories: Behaviours and Technical Recommendations and Fostering Bibliodiversity in Scholarly Communications: A Call for Action.  

Giannis Tsakonas is Director of the Library of University of Patras, Greece. Since July 2016, he is member of the Executive Board of LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries), while since July 2022 he is serving the Association as Vice President. In the past he has been elected to the Board of Directors of Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link), the consortium of Greek academic libraries, and he has served as Vice President of the Hellenic General Council of Libraries, a body of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs monitoring the operation of Greek public libraries (2016-2019). He currently coordinates the Scholarly Communication Unit of HEAL-Link and he is member of the Managing Committee of the KnowledgeRights21 programme. 

Dr Catherine Ferris is the IReL Open Scholarship Officer. IReL is the national e-resource licensing consortium and since it was established in 2004, it has expanded from providing access to quality peer-reviewed online research publications and index & abstracting services, to supporting open access to Irish research. Catherine’s role is in supporting the negotiation of IReL’s open access publisher agreement negotiations; managing all administrative, community and technical support for the Irish ORCID and DataCite Consortia; and project managing the NORF-funded National Open Access Monitor Project. She has been a member of the Digital Repository of Ireland Expert Advisory Group, the NORF Working Group on Infrastructures for Access to and Preservation of Research, and the NORF National Open Access Monitoring Policy Brief Group. 

Dr Chris Loughnane is an experienced manager of projects, people, and services, in cultural heritage and library environments, with degrees in English Literature and Library Science, and a PhD in Information Studies from the University of Glasgow. Since 2010 as a librarian, archivist, researcher, digital project consultant and educator, in libraries and research institutions in Ireland, the UK and USA, including university research centres, museums and archives, public libraries, and as library director in a maximum-security prison in upstate New York. He has long-standing professional and research interests in open access and open science but is also interested in a wide range of philosophical issues centred on human interactions with technologies and information environments. 

Lucy Hogan has worked in publishing and knowledge dissemination for 20+ years for academic and trade publishers, elearning companies, as a publishing consultant and for intergovernmental organisations in France, Germany and the Republic of Korea. She is currently the project manager at the Royal Irish Academy for the NORF-funded Publish OA project which aims to conduct a feasibility study to investigate the viability of a diamond open access publishing platform for journals and monographs for the island of Ireland. Lucy is a director of Publishing Ireland, a member of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers Open Access Books Special Interest Group and represents Ireland at various open access groups such as PALOMERA. 

Library staff, researchers, policymakers, and the entire GLAM community in Ireland to join the conversation about the future of open-access publishing and research. 

What to expect 
A multifaceted program focused on national open publishing with global insights by listening to the perspectives of international leaders, including Kathleen Shearer (COAR Executive Director) and Giannis Tsakonas (Vice President LIBER), as they delve into the future of open publishing. On the local front, we explore the intricacies of Irish academic publishing through discussions on the National Open Access Monitor, Open Access Repository Assessment and Alignment, and the Open Access Transition Programme. 

Networking and the future 
Ask questions and make connections during our collaboration segment, where professionals, policymakers, and researchers can share insights, best practices, and collaborative opportunities for open access. The event explores the ongoing efforts to shape the academic publishing landscape in Ireland, from policy advocacy to skill-building. This event will help you learn more and become an active participant in the evolution of scholarly communications. The event offers the opportunity to improve and discuss national open publishing, whether you are a seasoned professional, embarking on your open access journey, or passionate about library work. The event will provide valuable insights, networking opportunities, and a chance for each participant to contribute to the future of research in Ireland and beyond.