SPARC-ACRL forum at ALA to examine open-access monographs
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SPARC-ACRL forum to examine open-access monographs
Washington, DC and Chicago, IL – Three ambitious initiatives to deliver free online access to scholarly monographs will be featured at the next installment of the SPARC-ACRL forum, “The ebook transition: Collaborations and innovations behind open-access monographs.” The forum, co-sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), will be held in conjunction with the Boston meeting of the American Library Association in January.
The market-based business model for scholarly monographs, long under pressure due to decreased library purchasing, must now accommodate a transition to ebooks. Many non-profit publishers, including university presses, are actively exploring new publishing models to support scholarly monographs, including open-access distribution and collaborative initiatives with university libraries. This next SPARC-ACRL forum will feature three pioneering initiatives to deliver free online access to scholarly monographs, and will highlight opportunities for libraries to support innovations in this important area.
Presenters will include:
This forum will also feature an experimental new, interactive format that integrates the type of robust and engaging discussion typical of the ACRL Sunday discussion group. Following the presentations, participants will be invited to connect in smaller groups and consider specific questions on how open-access monographs figure in their local campus collections and scholarly communication programs. The ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion Group will not meet on Sunday.
The 20th biennial SPARC-ACRL Forum will be held Saturday, January 16, 2009 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Sheraton Boston, Back Bay Ballroom A/B.
Registration is not required. For further details on the forum, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/forum.
This forum will be available via SPARC video-cast at a later date. For more information, visit the SPARC Web site at http://www.arl.org/sparc.
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), represents nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. It is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org.