Resolved: All scholarship must be made freely available for reading and reuse.
(The webinar was broadcast live on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM Eastern.)
Opening Poll Results:
55 votes (51%) for “Yes, I agree” and 52 votes (49%) “No, I disagree.”
Closing Poll Results:
54 votes (57%) for “Yes, I agree,” and 41 votes (43%) for “No, I disagree.”
Brandon Butler, speaking in support of the resolution, was declared the winner of the debate.
- Poll Results
- Attendee Chat Log
- Opening Statement from Brandon Butler
- Opening Statement from Angela Cochran
- Rebuttal from Brandon Butler
- Rebuttal from Angela Cochran
- Moderator: Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, Marriott Library, University of Utah
- In Favor: Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy, University of Virginia Library
- Opposed: Angela Cochran, Associate Publisher, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The debate will be conducted in general accordance with Oxford Union rules. All in the audience will vote their opinion on the resolution before the debate begins, and the vote totals will be recorded. Each speaker will offer a formal opening statement, followed by a response to each other’s statements, and then we’ll open the floor to discussion. At the conclusion of the debate, another vote will be taken. The winner of the debate is the one who caused the most audience members to change their votes. Members of the audience have an opportunity to make comments and pose questions as well.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.