ATG Conference, Meeting & Webinars 5/5/16

Professional Growth & Development Opportunities sponsored by:

  • NASIG;
  • Open Access @ UNT;
  • ACRL/Choice – ProQuest;
  • ALPSP;

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Where: Albuquerque, NM
When: June 9 to 12

Vision Sessions

  • T. Scott Plutchak will deliver the first Vision Session on June 10th discussion institutional repositories.
  • Heather Joseph follows with the second Session on June 11th speaking
    about the “Power of Open”.
  • The innovative Jim O’Donnell will round-out the Vision Sessions on
    Sunday June 12th with “How Many Libraries Do We Need?”

Other program sessions topics include changing technologies,
information literacy, electronic books and serials, open access,
discovery services, and collection management issues.

The keynote will be Professor Johan Rooryck, former executive editor of the Elsevier journal Lingua, who led a revolt against the pricing and copyright policies of the Dutch publishing giant.  For the full line-up of speakers, see 

A last minute surprise speaker has been added to the symposium – Alexandra Elbakyan, the rebel creator of the Sci-Hub repository.  Elbakyan will (of necessity) be speaking via Skype from Kazakhstan; we anticipate a lively presentation and follow-up Q&A.  Her presentation will not be recorded (because of live in-room translation from Russian and other reasons), so please join us if you want to hear her speak. 

This year’s conference is being held in conjunction with the Library Publishing Coalition’s third annual Library Publishing Forum, which takes place May 17-19.

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Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern; 1:00 PM Central; 12:00 PM Mountain; 11:00 AM Pacific

Measuring the value of humanities databases and special collections for researchers is a known challenge. Usage statistics are the traditional measure, but as budgets for special research collections shrink, statistics are no longer convincing enough to justify future purchases. There is an increasing need to understand the value of such investments on research and their impact on the quality and quantity of teaching and learning outcomes.

In this webinar, Professor Eric Meyer from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford shares key findings from a major research project conducted in 2015 by Jisc, ProQuest, and the OII. Its objective was to quantify the impacts of digital collections and share best practice for other institutions wishing to conduct similar studies. The research evaluated two Jisc investments on behalf of the UK research community, Early English Books Online (EEBO) in 2003 and the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) from 2007. The project used the methodologies OII developed for the Jisc-funded Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources (TIDSR) Using quantitative methods of analytics, bibliometrics, Web 2.0 analysis, and an in-depth survey of researchers the project built a detailed picture of the use and profile of these resources…”

Date: Tuesday 14 June 2016, London (full day seminar)
Chair: Will Schweitzer, Director, Product Development for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) #alpspoa

Open access presents numerous challenges and opportunities to almost every aspect of a publisher’s business and to a library’s budgets and operations. Market economics and prevailing business models suggest a publisher should minimize costs, focus on serving authors, and prioritize new infrastructure to support one-off transactions with individuals over long-term relationships with institutions.

  • What does all this mean for publishers nurturing OA programmes or thinking about starting one?
  • Are there ways to ensure OA initiatives can be commercially successful without long-term subsidies or solely relying on article processing charges?
  • How should libraries get OA publications into discovery tools?
  • What role should libraries play in preserving OA content?
  • Should money to support OA publishing come from the library budget?
  • Is there a freemium model in which OA content is free but libraries pay for additional features?

Join leading library and publishing professionals in this ALPSP seminar to find out how others are tackling these questions.

Note: To be presented in Spanish

:: Presenter: Juan Antonio Pastor Sánchez
:: Times: 10:00am – 11:15am EDT
(UTC 14:00 – World Clock:ánchez)
:: Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2016
:: Free Registration:


This webinar presents the modeling and publishing process of the vocabularies for the UNESKOS project by applying Semantic Web technologies. More specifically, the vocabularies represented are the UNESCO Thesaurus and the Nomenclature for fields of Science and Technology. Both vocabularies are published as RDF datasets with a structure that allows its query and reuse according to the principles of Linked Open Data. The webinar will demonstrate the application of ISO-25964 standard to represent the UNESCO thesaurus using SKOS and the ISO-THES ontology. Technological solutions used for the project will also be discussed…”

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