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For immediate release
October 14, 2010

For information, contact:
Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296 ext 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Registration deadline approaches

Washington, DC – Marketing, partnerships, small-scale subject repositories, customer service, multidimensional image data, curation micro-services, and liberating folklore journals are just a few of the topics to be tackled in two minutes or less at the SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting Innovation Fair. SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, is hosting the next installment of this popular meeting on November 8 & 9, 2010 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Innovation Fair is a highlight to the conference where new technologies and strategies are showcased in engaging, informative, rapid-fire presentations by librarians, technologists, and publishers. The Fair invites short presentations of innovative or creative approaches to use of repository content, discovery of research outputs, value-added services, and repository promotion.

This year, twenty-one presenters were identified through a rigorous and competitive selection process led by the meeting program committee:

  • Jessica Adamick, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Amy Buckland, McGill University Library
  • Hillary Corbett, Northeastern University
  • Jay Datema, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Jonas Dupuich, Berkeley Electronic Press
  • Michael Guthrie, BioMed Central
  • Martin Haye, California Digital Library, University of California
  • Wayne Johnston, University of Guelph
  • Rebecca Kennison, Columbia University Libraries
  • Sue Kunda, Oregon State University
  • Patrick Labelle, University of Ottawa
  • Jennifer Laherty, Indiana University
  • Heather Leary, Utah State University
  • Yuan Li, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Rhonda Marker, Rutgers University
  • Holly Mercer, Texas A&M University
  • Nathan Sarr, University of Rochester
  • Wietske Sijtsma, Nereus
  • Kirsta Stapelfeldt, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Alex Wade, Microsoft Research
  • Elizabeth Williams, Rockefeller University Press

The Innovation Fair will be held Monday, November 8, in conjunction with the conference-wide reception. Registration for the meeting is required to attend. Register now. On-site registration rates apply October 25. Hotel reservations must be made by October 25. All the details are at here.

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 is supported by major contributions from Microsoft, the University of Alberta, Digital Commons (by Berkeley Electronic Press), Open Repository (by BioMed Central) and by supporting organizations, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), @mire, the Boston Library Consortium, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Data Conversion Laboratory, Duraspace, ePrints, Greater Western Library Alliance, Nellco, NorthEast Research Libraries Consortium, Oracle, and SURFfoundation.
The SPARC digital repositories meetings have played an integral part in advancing the potential of repositories to expand the dissemination of scholarship and transform scholarly communication. First held in 2004, the meeting is regularly hosted in the UK or Europe, Japan, and North America, draws hundreds of participants from around the globe, and has helped set the stage for key developments over the past six years.
For more information visit here.

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.