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SPARC & ACRL: forum on changing state of OA journal pub

For immediate release
December 14, 2010

SPARC & ACRL Announce slate for forum on changing state of 
open-access journal publishing

Washington, DC and Chicago, IL - SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing 
and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College 
and Research Libraries (ACRL) have announced the speakers for a 
timely panel discussion on "Marketplace: Open Access and the 
changing state of scholarly publishing." The event is being held 
in conjunction with the upcoming meeting of the American Library 
Association (ALA) in San Diego, CA.

This forum will paint a picture of the rapidly changing - and 
maturing - open-access publishing sphere, illustrate the growing 
range of options and approaches that are emerging, and help the 
library community to make sense of what it all means for you and 
your campus. Guest presenters will include:

-- Caroline Sutton, President of the Open Access Scholarly 
Publishers Association (OASPA)
-- Wim van der Stelt, Executive Vice President of Corporate 
Strategy for Springer
-- Catriona McCallum, Chief Editor of PLoS Biology for the Public 
Library of Science (PLoS)

The forum will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 
5:30 PM at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 29A. The ACRL 
Scholarly Communications discussion group, which offers a more 
intimate setting to explore topics in greater depth, will be held 
Sunday, January 9, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the San Diego 
Convention Center, Room 31B.

Additional details were previously announced and are available at 
http://www.arl.org/sparc/media/10-1122.shtml. Separate 
registration for this event is not required.



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=92s 
advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs 
encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web 
at http://www.arl.org/sparc.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a 
division of the American Library Association (ALA), represents 
nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested 
individuals. It is the only individual membership organization in 
North America that develops programs, products and services to 
meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its 
initiatives enable the higher education community to understand 
the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning 
and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at 

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Programs & Operations