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SCOAP3 Information Session at ALA Midwinter

For immediate release:

December 12, 2008

For more information, contact:

Kara Malenfant, ACRL

Karla Hahn, ARL

Julia Blixrud, SPARC

SCOAP3 Information Session at ALA Midwinter

Saturday, January 24, 2009
10:30 a.m. - noon
Colorado Convention Center, Room 705

Chicago & Washington DC - The Association of College and Research 
Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), 
and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources 
Coalition) encourage librarians from institutions of all sizes to 
learn what they can do to support the Sponsoring Consortium for 
Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) effort to 
facilitate open access publishing.

An information session with Dr. Salvatore Mele, Project Leader of 
the Open Access Section and Interim Project Manager for SCOAP3 at 
the CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research, will be held 
at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Saturday, January 24, 
2009, 10:30 a.m. - noon, at the Colorado Convention Center, Room 
705. No registration is necessary to attend this event.

Find out how this experiment in new funding models is 
progressing, get the straight scoop on how libraries can 
participate, and learn about the project's potential to inform 
scholarly publishing more globally. SCOAP3 is a valuable addition 
to the diverse mix of strategies aiming to ensure the future of 
high-quality journals. For background reading on why libraries 
should consider supporting SCOAP3, see:

"The Audacity of SCOAP3," an essay by Ivy Anderson, Director of 
Collections, California Digital Library, and "Taking Action on 
SCOAP3," an article by Julia Blixrud, both in ARL: A Bimonthly 
Report, no. 257 (April 2008), 

ACRL letter to the organizers of SCOAP3 expressing support and 
encouraging ACRL members to consider joining the SCOAP3 effort 
when appropriate, June 2008, 

SCOAP3 Web site, http://www.scoap3.org/.

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Communications
(The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)
(202) 296-2296 ext 121