Associate Professor, School of Information Studies

2012 PhD, Simon Fraser University School of Communication
1998 Master of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
1978 Bachelor of Arts (with distinction), University of Alberta, Psychology Major

55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 11108

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 7634

Work E-mail: heather.morrison@uOttawa.ca

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Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Ongoing Research

Sustaining the Knowledge Commons

The central idea is that humanity shares all of our knowledge. Everyone can read scholarly works free of charge. Everyone capable can contribute to the commons. We study alternative economic approaches, for example the commons and the gift. We do quantitative research – how much does it cost to produce a scholarly article? We also do qualitative research, talking with the directors of scholarly journals about the resources required for journals to be open access. The approach is one of open research; to learn more: sustainingknowledgecommons.org

Information Policy

Information policy is another area of research interest and my teaching focus. The idea is to further the development of public and organizational policies relevant to information that are aligned with core professional and basic public values, such as inclusiveness (access to information for everyone), diversity, democracy and privacy. 

Courses taught

  • ISI 5164 Information Policy and Government Publications
  • ISI 5163 Policy Economy of Information
  • ISI 5162 Global Information & Communication Policy
  • ISI 5701 Information et Societé
  • ISI 5707 Recherche et Évaluation en Sciences de l’Information
  • ISI 6311 Information and the Law
  • ISI 6314 The Publishing Business: Transformations and Opportunities

Selected publications and presentations

Scholarly & research blogs 

Morrison et al. (2014-). Sustaining the Knowledge Commons. http://sustainingknowledgecommons.org

Morrison, H. (2004 - ). The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics. http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com


Morrison et al. (2014-). Open access article processing charges dataverse. http://dataverse.scholarsportal.info/dvn/dv/oaapc

Morrison, H. (2004 - ). Dramatic growth of open access dataverse.



Morrison, Heather. (2009). Scholarly communication for librarians. Chandos Publishing: Oxford.

Book chapters

Morrison, Heather (2015). Open access to scholarly knowledge: the new commons. In: Elliott, P. & Hepting, D., Free knowledge: Confronting the commodification of human discovery. Regina: University of Regina Press. http://www.uofrpress.ca/publications/Free-Knowledge

Morrison, Heather. (2005) The implications of usage statistics as an economic factor in scholarly communications, in Fowler, David, Ed. Usage Statistics of E-Serials. Haworth Press.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Morrison, Heather (2013). Economics of scholarly communication in transition. First Monday, June 2013

Don Taylor, Heather Morrison, Brian Owen, Kumiko Vézina, and Andrew Waller. (2013). Open access publishing in Canada: current and future library and university press supports. Publications.

Devon Greyson, Kumiko Vézina, Heather Morrison, Donald Taylor & Charlyn Black. (2009)University supports for open access: A Canadian national survey. Canadian Journal of Higher Education 4:3. http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/cjhe/article/view/472

Morrison, Heather. (2005) The implications of usage statistics as an economic factor in scholarly communications, in Fowler, David, Ed. Usage Statistics of E-Serials. Haworth Press.

Morrison, Heather. (1999). Online catalogue research and the verbal protocol method. Library Hi Tech 17:2, pp. 197-206.

Morrison, Heather. (1997). Information literacy skills: exploratory focus group study of student perceptions. Research Strategies 15:1, pp. 4-17.

Selected Presentations

Morrison, Heather (2015). Open access panel. Congress-wide presentation sponsored by SSHRC and the Canadian Communication Association. Ottawa, ON. June 2015.

Morrison, Heather (2015). Open access and copyright: let’s open the conversation. Keynote panel. Washington, D.C. Emerging Trends in Publishing Seminar April 2015.

Morrison, Heather (2014). Creating a global public sphere. Keynote. IFLA / EBLIDA satellite conference, Copyright and Legal Matters. Strasbourg, France, August 2014.

Morrison, Heather (2011). Information feudalism, or knowledge for all? Preconference Panel, Association of Internet Researchers Conference, Seattle, October 2011.

Morrison, Heather. (2010). The role of the research library in an emerging global public sphere. Keynote, LIBER Annual Conference June 2010, Aarhus, Denmark.

Morrison, Heather. (2010). Freedom for scholarship in the internet age. OCULA Spotlight, Ontario Library Association Conference February 25, 2010

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