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Community Scholars Program: Beyond the Paywall today at the library

Access to research and community based research is not always freely available to not-for-profit organizations and charities, but the Community Scholars Program is changing that.

In partnership with Vancouver Island University and the University of Northern British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields. The current phase of the Community Scholars Program connects 500 individuals to seven publishers’ materials through an enhanced search interface. It enhances the access provided during the pilot phase in 2016, supported by United Way of the Lower Mainland and Mindset Social Innovation. The current collaboration is supported via a grant from the McConnell Foundation through the BC Collaborative on Social Infrastructure.

On Tuesday, May 21, Kealin McCabe, Research & Learning Services Librarian at UNBC, will give a talk at the Prince George Public Library on how the Community Scholars Program can help not-for-profit organizations with program development, policy creation and advocacy, grant writing, professional development and community development.

Community Scholars have access to online research sessions as well as access to a Librarian for research assistance.

The program has already helped not-for-profit organizations in the lower mainland where Community Scholars have used access to research to secure funding, expand pilot projects, and to enhance their professional practice by creating additional programming.

This talk is free to attend; registration is not required.

Community Scholars Program: Beyond the Paywall

Tuesday, May 21st

2:00 – 3:00pm

Keith Gordon Room, Bob Harkins Branch, Prince George Public Library

Refreshments provided

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