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Mar 29 Nov 2011 17:31:05 CET
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November 29, 2011
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jennifer [at] arl [dot] org
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*SPARC announces key themes for March event
*Program to examine current Open Access practices and policies
Washington, DC – SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
Coalition) has announced the program theme for its next meeting, to be
held in Kansas City, March 11 through 13, 2012. With a focus on
“Collaborative strategies for advancing scholarship,” the program will
examine recent developments and track key trends in the growth of
open-access practices and policies in the scholarly and scientific
The SPARC meeting expands on the popular SPARC Digital Repositories
meetings, hosted biennially since 2004, and will provide a
North American-based complement to the popular “Innovations in
Scholarly Communication (OAI)” workshop held in Geneva in alternating
years. The SPARC Open Access meeting will be a regular forum for a full
discussion of Open Access as an emerging norm in research and
scholarship, and will emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders
can take to effect positive change.
The program, developed by librarians, publishers, analysts, scholars,
and technologists from five countries, will consider developments across
four topic areas:
· Open-access publishing – the explosion of gold OA publishing
and how libraries are working to support it.
· Digital repositories – building a worldwide
infrastructure alongside trust for authors and users.
· Author rights – key developments and the demand for new tools
and practices to maximize the potential for sharing through re-use.
· National and institutional policy adoption – the impact on
faculty workflows and the role of the library.
“SPARC’s focus continues to be on encouraging positive action through
collaboration,” said Heather Joseph, executive director. “Our next
meeting will be a valuable chance for everyone with a stake in scholarly
communication – funders, researchers, policy makers, publishers,
librarians, and others – to participate in a substantive discussion on
how we can raise the collective level of understanding around Open
Access and identify opportunities to work together to move forward.”
Speakers are being identified and invited by the program committee. A
call for proposals to the 2012 Innovation Fair will be issued next month.
The main SPARC meeting program will take place March 12 & 13,
with pre-conference events on March 11. Further information on
pre-conferences will be posted this winter. All events will be held at
the Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City.
Registration is open. Early bird rates start at $265 for SPARC members.
Hotel reservations are available for the conference rate of $139 per
night. For more information, visit the meeting Web site at
Sponsorships are available.
Visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/oa12/oa12-sponsor/index.shtml for details.
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a
library membership organization that promotes expanded sharing of
scholarship. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of outputs of
the research process increases the impact of research, fuels the
advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research
investments. SPARC is supported by a membership of over 800 academic and
research libraries worldwide. SPARC is on the Web
Director of Programs & Operations
jennifer a arl.org
(202) 296-2296 x121
Fax: (202) 872-0884
Open Access Week 2011
October 24 - 30
The SPARC Open Access Meeting
March 11 - 13, 2012
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