Innovation Fair Participants

For immediate release
February 17, 2012

For more information, contact:
Andrea Brusca Higginbotham
andrea [at] arl [dot] org
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121

Creative advancements in Open Access
to be showcased at SPARC March meeting
Hotel reservation deadline Friday

Washington, DC – Measuring the once-hidden impact of Open Access on clinical practice and public awareness, embedding digital repositories into the research cycle, encouraging student publishing, and engaging elusive faculty are just some of the top innovations to be showcased at the SPARC Innovation Fair next month. The Innovation Fair is a favored highlight of the biennial SPARC Open Access Meeting, set for the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel, March 12 & 13.

In rapid-fire presentations that breathe energy and personality into scholarly communications issues, Innovation Fair participants share their creative approaches to a diverse set of challenges. This year, a suite of librarians, technologists, research producers, and publishers will take on the task of presenting, in no more than two minutes, innovative or creative approaches to: the use of open content, content discovery, value-added services, impact assessment, commercial innovation, and Open Access advocacy. Presenters at this year’s event include:

  • Marianne Buehler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Leslie Carr, University of Southampton
  • Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Mel DeSart, University of Washington
  • Ann Devenish, Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole
  • Lori Ellingford, Arizona State University
  • Isaac Gilman, Pacific University
  • Marlee Givens, Georgia Tech University
  • William Gunn, Mendeley
  • Robert Hilliker, Columbia University
  • Kristi Holmes, Washington University
  • Rhonda Marker, Rutgers University
  • Stacey Meeker, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Jenny Oleen, Kansas State University
  • Jennifer Phillips, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Jason Priem, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Elizabeth Smart, Brigham Young University
  • Greg Tananbaum, Microsoft Research
  • Donald Taylor, Simon Fraser University
  • Graham Triggs, Symplectic

The SPARC Open Access meeting expands on the popular SPARC Digital Repositories meetings, hosted biennially since 2004, and will provide a North American-based complement to the “Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI)” workshop held in Geneva, Switzerland in alternating years. The SPARC meeting will be a regular forum for a full discussion of Open Access as an emerging norm in research and scholarship and will emphasize collaborative strategies for advancing scholarship for all stakeholders to help effect positive change.

This year’s meeting is generously supported by: The University of Alberta, SpringerOpen, BioMed Central, @mire, Microsoft Research, Symplectic, The University of Kansas, and a host of supporting sponsors and Sponsor Showcase participants. There are currently limited sponsorship opportunities available.

Hotel reservations must be made by February 17, 2012 for the conference rate of $139 per night.

Register now…on-site rates apply beginning March 5, 2012.

For more information, including the full meeting program, visit the meeting Web site at


SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a library membership organization that promotes expanded sharing of scholarship. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of outputs of the research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. SPARC is supported by a membership of over 800 academic and research libraries worldwide. SPARC is on the Web at


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