The organizers of the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) effort to facilitate open access publishing invite you to attend a discussion forum in conjunction with the ACRL National Conference in Seattle, WA, on Saturday, March 14, 2009, noon-2pm. in the Sheraton Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Issaquah room. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary to attend this event.
The SCOAP3 meeting in Berkeley one year ago [http://scoap3.org/focalmeeting.html] and the SCOAP3 information session in Denver at the ALA Midwinter Meeting [http://scoap3.org/files/20090124_denver_mele.pdf] started the conversation between SCOAP3 and a larger community of U.S. librarians. This forum in Seattle will present an overview of the SCOAP3 Open Access initiative and provide an opportunity to delve even more deeply into the process of committing to the consortium, establishing its governing board, and the project’s conditions for the call for tender.
Recognizing that the U.S. environment presents unique challenges, Dr. Salvatore Mele, Open Access Project Leader at CERN [http://www.cern.ch]and Interim Project Manager for SCOAP3, comes to Seattle to offer more opportunity for in depth, first hand explanations.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) encourage librarians from all types of institutions to seriously consider supporting SCOAP3.
Libraries and library consortia in many nations, including the United States, have already signed an Expression of Interest [http://tinyurl.com/scoap3us] pledging a total of 7.2 Million $/year to the project: 60% of its worldwide budget envelope. In the U.S., pledges for over 2 Million $/year have been received with about 1.5 Million $/year still outstanding. The project cannot go forward to the next stage of planning and decisions without significantly more participation by the U.S. libraries.
For background reading on why libraries should support SCOAP3, see:
• 'Tendering Requirements' on pp. 25-29 of the 2007 report, Towards Open Access Publishing in High Energy Physics. See: [http://scoap3.org/files/Scoap3WPReport.pdf].
• “The Audacity of SCOAP3,” an essay by Ivy Anderson, Director of Collections, California Digital Library, and “Taking Action on SCOAP3,” an article by Julia Blixrud, both in ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 257 (April 2008).
• ACRL letter to the organizers of SCOAP3 expressing support and encouraging ACRL members to consider joining the SCOAP3 effort when appropriate, June 2008.