Invited Talk: Open Access: Promises and Reality



Invited Talk:
Open Access: Promises and Reality
Mr. Peter E SIDORKO, University Librarian, HKU
Mr. Fred CHAN, Research and Data Services Librarian, HKU
10:00-10:30, 29 May 2015 (Friday)
Room 408A, 409A & 410, 4/F, Meng Wah Complex, The University of Hong Kong
Medium of instruction:
English 英語
The future of open learning
Dr. Timothy HEW (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, HKU)


While Open Access (OA) is not a new concept, it has started aggressively since the last decade. Particularly, the OA movement has gained much momentum over the past several years where funders, institutions, publishers, and researchers became increasingly involved. Despite the expectations that OA is going to dramatically transform the landscape of research and the ecosystem of scholarly communication, concerns about the cost, quality, and impact of OA publishing remain. This presentation will discuss the promises and reality of OA from a holistic perspective. It will touch on the many facets of OA, including its concept and elements, history and development, as well as its connection to important topics like Open Education Resources (OER), open data, and reproducible research. The speakers will also share the University of Hong Kong Libraries’ experiences and plans for engaging OA with the University’s research community.

About the speaker

Peter Sidorko ( has enjoyed a career in academic libraries spanning thirty years and is currently the University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). In this position he has full responsibility for leading and directing all aspects of the HKU Libraries network of 6 libraries. Peter is the current Chair of JULAC (the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee, a forum to discuss, coordinate, and collaborate on library information resources and services among the libraries of the eight tertiary education institutions funded by the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong.

Fred Chan ( is Research and Data Services Librarian at The University of Hong Kong Libraries. He provides research data management services to the University’s research community and information services to the Libraries’ community. His research interests include Web 2.0 and social media, information literacy, and information behavior. He is also interested in research methods, altmetrics, open access, and MOOCs.