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Reminder: SPARC-ACRL Forum at ALA to Explore Public Access


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

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