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ALA Meeting Announcement

[Please excuse cross-posting]

The ALCTS PVLR (Publisher-Vendor-Library Relations) Interest Group will
present an open forum at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, entitled:


Unexpected withdrawal of online content from electronic databases is a
major concern to library subscribers. This session will begin with a brief
overview of the issue, describing high-profile incidents such as Tasini v.
New York Times, the Economist's court-ordered withdrawal of content judged
libelous, and Sage Publications' decision to remove its journal content
from aggregator databases. Librarians' concerns will also be outlined

Once the context has been established, panelists from Elsevier, EBSCO and
LexisNexis will address the issue from their vantage points as publisher
and aggregators. Topics covered will include publisher policies on article
withdrawal, notification of customers, compensation for withdrawn
material, and legal aspects of the debate. At least 30 minutes will be
reserved for audience comment and discussion, in which digital archiving,
treatment of defamatory or inaccurate content, plagiarism, and other
topics will be addressed.

Presenters include:

Rick Lugg, R2 Consulting (Moderator)
Davies Menefee, Director, Library Relations, the Americas, Elsevier
Sam Brooks, Senior Vice President, EBSCO
Dawn Conway, Vice President, Content & Business Development, LexisNexis

DATE:	Monday, January 12, 2004

TIME:	9:30-11 AM

PLACE:	 San Diego Marriott
	 New York/Orlando Rooms

Please join us for this important and timely session.