News Archives

August 02, 2011

Four new student films on the importance of Open Access to research and data have been voted the best by a panel of new media experts, students, and librarians in “Open Up!”, the fourth annual Sparky Awards. Calling on students to articulate their support in a two-minute video, the contest has been embraced by campuses all over the world and has inspired imaginative expressions of student support for the potential of Open Access to foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving. The Sparky Awards are organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

July 26, 2011

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced it will host its first North American meeting on Open Access in 2012. The first of its kind, the event will expand on the successful biennial SPARC Digital Repositories meeting.

June 30, 2011

For blazing a new trail in open-access journals, inspiring broader change in scholarly publishing, and thriving along the way, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has named the Public Library of Science’s (PLoS) PLoS ONE as the SPARC Innovator for June 2011.

May 26, 2011

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) today released a free online Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index with information and documents to support the launch and operation of an open-access journal. Materials in the index will help libraries, presses, and other academic units on campuses as they work together to make the work of their researchers more widely available.

May 24, 2011

The organizers of the upcoming SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication have announced the speakers who will zero in on the motivation and drive behind the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, building support on campuses in North America, and plans for the November meeting.

May 11, 2011
By:
Nick Shockey, Director, Right to Research Coalition
The full announcement and a list of top ten ideas for how the use the flyer are available from the Right to Research Coalition.
May 06, 2011

OpenAIRE is an important development in the Open Access movement in Europe, and provides an important collaborative opportunity for libraries. SPARC Europe is pleased to host Ms Inge van Nieuwerburgh, a regional coordinator for OpenAIRE, on June 7, to explore project features, approaches, risks, challenges, and future directions for the projects, as well as to explore ways libraries can be actively involved in the project.

May 03, 2011

The upcoming SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication, to be held at the American Library Association (ALA) meeting in New Orleans, LA, will focus on expanding support for the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. The Declaration, issued in 2003, outlines concrete steps to promote the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge, including encouraging researchers and cultural heritage custodians to make materials openly available.

April 20, 2011

The roster of invited speakers and participants for the IMLS-funded Library Publishing Services Strategies for Success workshops has been finalized. Each workshop will feature 5 focused topics with 3 panel speakers each.

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