Open Scholar Café

Open Scholar Cafe logo with steaming mug and open padlock

What is the Open Scholar Café?

What: The Open Scholar Café is a monthly virtual forum for members of the ISU community to meet and discuss open research and scholarship with their peers. Each month, a new topic will be discussed or presented. 

When: 9:00-10:00 am on the third Thursday/Wednesday of each month.

Upcoming Café Information

Café dates & topics

  • 9-10am CST Thursday, April 15th: [Topic TBD]
  • 9-10am CST Wednesday, May 19th: [Topic TBD]
  • 9-10am CST Thursday, June 17th: [Topic TBD]
  • 9-10am CST Wednesday, July 21st: [Topic TBD]

Suggest a topic button

Follow the link above to tell us what topic(s) we should cover in a future Open Scholar Café!

Past topics

Past cafe topics and recordings
DateCafé TopicPresenter(s)Meeting Notes/Recording
02/18/2021Prioritizing and Supporting Open Access through Publisher AgreementsCurtis Brundy, Iowa State University LibraryRecording to be posted later

    Code of Conduct

    The Open Scholar Café is a welcoming, supportive, and comfortable space where harassment is not tolerated in any form.

    Harassment includes offensive comments related to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, country of origin, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion, veteran status or other protected class status; discriminatory or offensive images; intimidation; stalking; harassing or unwanted recording; sustained disruption of talks; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants violating the anti-harassment policy will be warned or booted from current and future meetings by the coordinators.

    Participants may discuss sensitive, discriminatory, offensive, or triggering topics when they are relevant to the subject of the meetings itself (e.g., a meeting focusing on the silencing of trans* history in institutional repositories, or about microaggressions experienced by people of color in academia), but sensitive content and discussion topics should be made clear to participants prior to the start of the meeting.

    Open Scholar Cafés are a place to share information, not only with other participants but also with those who may not be able to attend. Meetings are, by default, considered open and can be written about on social media and talked about outside of the meeting. If you do not want your words to be recorded or for either video or words to be attributed to you, please let participants and the coordinators know at the beginning of the meeting. As a courtesy, always ask prior to creating sound or video recordings of other participants. Please be thoughtful and respectful with your notes, recording, and sharing.

    Each monthly meeting may adopt different rules for sharing (e.g., fully recorded recordings posted, de-identified notes with attribution and made with permission) as long as the coordinator informs all participants who join the session about the expectations for sharing before the meeting begins.

    The Open Scholar Cafe's icon was inspired by and uses elements of "Cafe" by Hadi on the Noun Project.