PSU Library Sponsors Faculty Member’s Attendance to OpenCon 2016

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PSU Library Supports Faculty Scholarship

Assistant Professor Erin Flynn
Assistant Professor Erin Flynn

Erin Flynn, Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies, has been awarded a fully paid scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016 by the Portland State University Library and Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships. OpenCon 2016 is a conference “platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data.” Erin’s interest in open access relates directly to her research on child-led storytelling.

According to Flynn, child-led storytelling and its research:

“…elevates and amplifies the voices of children, a group whose voices are routinely excluded from the dialogue about how to build early educational settings that bolster learning and make social and emotional sense for those who participate. Open Access offers a powerful way to extend the reach of children’s voices, ensuring their perspectives are taken into account.”

Flynn’s engagement with open access will enable her research and children’s voices to reach the public, further empowering children’s voices in storytelling. The scholarship will make room for her research to have even broader impact in the community at large.

“I am excited for the opportunity to learn about innovations in sharing information. Removing barriers to information plays such a critical role in empowering diverse citizens to meaningfully shape democratic institutions like schools. Participating in Open Con will be a great way rethink educational advocacy by using lessons learned in other fields.”

About OpenCon 2016

Logo for OpenCon 2016. Slogan reads "empowering the next generation to advance open access, open education and open data."Remote attendance to OpenCon 2016 is free of cost and encouraged, especially for those who cannot attend in person. Attendees will participate in three days of keynotes, panels, and workshops, featuring Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, and Amy Rosenbaum, Director of Legislative Affairs to the President of the United States.

Erin has agreed to report back to Portland State regarding her experience at OpenCon. Look for a news item to be published in Winter for her report!

More Information:
OpenCon 2016
Portland State University Library
Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships