SPARC-ACRL Forum to explore Public Access

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Popular ALA Event Will Discuss Emerging Federal Research Access Policies
And How They’ll Change Your Library

For Immediate Release
November 27, 2006

For more information, contact:

Jennifer McLennan
SPARC
jennifer@arl.org
(202) 296-2296 x121

Kara Malenfant
ACRL
kmalenfant@ala.org
(312) 280-2510

Washington, DC and Chicago, IL – November 27, 2006 – SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and ACRL (the Association of College and Research Libraries) today announced that the upcoming SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication, to be held during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, will explore Public Access – Federal Research Access Policies and How They'll Change Your Library.

The drive for free public access to publicly funded research is in high gear in the U.S., Canada, and around the globe. For scientists and scholars, it promises not just to change the norms for how research is shared, but also to open new avenues for how it is conducted. The implications for academic and research libraries are no less profound, as the possibility of new and expanded roles in the research process emerge.

The popular SPARC-ACRL Forum looks at what the changes mean for libraries. Speakers will examine current and emerging public access policies and explore key questions facing libraries: What role will institutional repositories play? Do libraries have a part in research funders' plans? How will scholarship and teaching be changed? What can libraries do to strengthen their partnerships with scholars and users in this new environment? What can you do to prepare for the transformation ahead?

Speakers will include:

  • David Pershing, Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, University of Utah, who will introduce emerging policies and how they relate to the mission of the university and library.
  • Carl T. Bergstrom, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Washington, who will explore the tremendous potential for research represented by public access.
  • Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Scholarly Publishing and Licensing Consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on rights management for public access and how MIT is engaging and supporting faculty.

Come to the Forum for new insight and practical information on one of the most significant scholarly communication developments of recent years.

The SPARC-ACRL Forum will be held:

Saturday, January 20, 2007
4:00 – 6:00PM
The Sheraton Seattle, Metropolitan B
Registration is NOT required
(The event will be available via podcast at a later date).

The 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, January 21, 4:00 - 6:00 PM in the St. Helen’s room of The Westin Seattle.

For more information, visit the SPARC Web site at <http://www.arl.org/sparc/>.

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SPARC

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and SPARC Europe are an international alliance of more than 300 academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is located on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/.

ACRL

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL 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.