SSP 7th Annual Librarian Focus Group: "A Forum for Publishers and Librarians"

In these troubled but dynamic times, the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s ever popular “Librarian Focus Group” returns in 2011 with a panel of leading librarians from a range of institutions primed and ready to answer the questions publishers and vendors have for them. The digital future and continued economic turmoil will be at the forefront of discussion, but a range of other topics will also be covered, such as trends in pricing and licensing, the future of authentication, the challenges of electronic resource preservation, the state of “open access,” and the growing interest in campus publishing.  As books reach the digital tipping point and electronic journals continue to add more functionality, far-reaching decisions are being made by librarians in regard to their collections. The first “all electronic” libraries are becoming a reality and more efficient exchange mechanisms are developing to reduce duplication of collections. With double-digit cuts in library budgets inevitable over the next few years, librarians are becoming increasingly radical in their reactions to price increases. Necessity is truly the mother of invention, and surprising new initiatives are being planned and executed within academic libraries – initiatives that publishers need to be aware of.

When:          Tuesday, February 1, 2011,  9:00 AM- 4:00 PM  

Location:     American Geophysical Union
                      2000 Florida Avenue N.W.
                      Washington, DC 20009-1277
 

Registration: 
Early-bird registration fees (by January 14, 2011): SSP Members: $249,  Non-members: $299
 Regular registration fees (after January 14, 2011): SSP Members:  $299,  Non-members: $349
 *Includes refreshment breaks and networking lunch.
 

In a proven formula, six librarians will take questions from moderators and participants on a range of themes during a full day of discussions. The panelists have been chosen for their wide ranging knowledge, and there will be informal as well as formal opportunities for discussion.
 
Space is limited and this program has historically been a sell-out, so don’t delay in securing your seat. The event takes place in Washington D.C. on the day before the Association of American Publishers’ PSP 2011 Annual Conference begins.

Organizers: Kimberly Lutz, Director of Marketing and Outreach, University Libraries, University of North Carolina Greensboro
Helen Atkins, Editorial Director, American Association for Cancer Research, Charles Watkinson, Director, Purdue University Press
 
Confirmed Speakers Include:  Catherine Murray-Rust, Dean and Director of Libraries, Georgia Institute of Technology
Helen Josephine, Terman Engineering Library, Stanford University, Emily McElroy, Head of Content Management & Systems, Oregon Health & Science University, Additional speakers TBA

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