SPARC-ACRL FORUM TO EXPLORE PROGRESS OF OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL PUBLISHING MODELS
Popular ALA event will introduce leading open access publishing innovators and a conversation about successes and challenges to date
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Washington, DC and Chicago, IL – May 7, 2007 – SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries) today announced that the topic of the upcoming SPARC-ACRL Forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication, to be held during the ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, will be “Course check: A conversation with three open access publishers about the challenges of sustainability.”
System-wide innovations that increase access to the results of research and scholarship are a key interest for the library community. Library support for these innovations, which ranges from being deeply engaged to dedicating scarce resources, is built upon the principle of open access – on evidence that open access accelerates the production, dissemination, and benefits of new knowledge, and on an understanding of the paths and business models that can deliver it. It is with this last point in mind that three of the most important and innovative leaders in scholarly publishing have been asked to speak at the next SPARC-ACRL Forum.
Speakers will include:
- Mark Patterson, Director of Publishing, Public Library of ScienceThe session will be introduced and moderated by Alma Swan, Director, Key Perspectives Ltd.
This forum will form part of an ongoing conversation, a discussion about successes and challenges in business models for publishers that provide open access, and the partnerships and resources that have or will lead to success. Speakers will pay particular attention to:
- What they have learned about the challenges in creating a business model that delivers open access and the major adjustments they have had to make.Please join us for this important conversation. The SPARC-ACRL Forum will be held:
Saturday, June 23, 2007The forum is followed by the ACRL Scholarly Communication Discussion Group, where there will be an open discussion of key issues that surface at the Forum. The Discussion Group will be held Sunday, June 24, from 4:00 - 5:30PM – also in the Hilton Washington, State Room.
For more information, visit the SPARC Web site at http://www.arl.org/sparc/forum.