Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Known for||Education technology, Open Access, academic scholarship|
|Institutions||Stanford University, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary|
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Willinsky taught school in Ontario for 10 years and, with Vivian Forssman, developed the Information Technology Management program for high schools in British Columbia and Ontario. He is the author of Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED and of Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End, which won Outstanding Book Awards from the American Educational Research Association and History of Education Society, as well as the more recent titles, Technologies of Knowing, If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship—the latter of which won the 2006 Blackwell's Scholarship Award and the 2005 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award.
Until 2007 he was the Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to that, he was an associate professor of education at the University of Calgary. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Willinsky also directs the Public Knowledge Project, which is researching systems that hold promise for improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research. In October 2009 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from SFU for his contribution to scholarly communication.
- Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED
- Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End -won Outstanding Book Awards from the American Educational Research Association and History of Education Society
- Technologies of Knowing
- If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research
- The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship
- The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke
- "Outstanding Publication Award (formerly Blackwell's Scholarship Award)". Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 20 Feb 2016.
- "Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 20 Feb 2016.
- Simon Fraser University Library, article from Simon Fraser University on the awarding of an honorary doctorate.
- John Willinsky, Stanford faculty listing
- PKP Homepage, Public Knowledge Project Homepage (under Willinsky's direction)
- Willinsky, John (2006). The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262512664.. Full text (PDF) is available.
- Schmidt, Peter (14 February 2010). "New Journals, Free Online, Let Scholars Speak Out". Chronicle of Higher Education.