*Cross posted to multiple lists*

ALCTS webinar: How to Calculate OA APC Spend for Your University

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 pm Central, and 2 pm Eastern time.


Description: Universities are hungry to know how much they spend on Open Access fees. This data is important to planning transformative and read and publish agreements, forming library strategy, and understanding scholarly communication on your campus.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t been easy to calculate how much your university is spending on Open Access.

Come learn how recent developments in data sources and tools have made this easier. We will discuss the underlying concepts behind calculating OA article-processing fee (APC) spend, and provide you with paths to calculate the Open Access fees paid by your institution.

For examples, see: http://www.ala.org/onlinelearning/collection/digitallibraries 

Learning outcomes:

This webinar will give an overview on how to estimate the amount of money spent across a university on Open Access fees. It will discuss underlying concepts behind calculating OA article-processing fee (APC) spend and give an overview of useful data sources.

Who should attend?  

Librarians and research officers looking to understand how much money their university is spending on open access article processing fees (APCs). 


Dr. Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Our Research, the nonprofit behind Unpaywall. Unpaywall powers the Open Access links in major discovery systems (Scopus, Web of Science) and the free browser extension used by more than 250,000 people worldwide. Heather got her bachelors and masters at MIT, worked as a computer programmer for 10 years, went back to school for her Ph.D, and has been an advocate for open science ever since.


Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43; Non-member $59; Group rate $129 

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website: 


ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, please contact alctsce@ala.org

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.