We are pleased to announce the 2020 Empirical Librarians Conference!
Empirical Librarians 2020 will be held February 27-28, 2020, at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN.
Empirical Librarians is a small conference that specifically focuses on the unique place of original research and original researchers in the larger information environment. We are a place where librarians who do research and librarians who support research can come together to share ideas and insights about original research by patrons and librarians.
The 6th Empirical Librarians conference seeks presentation proposals from librarians, library professionals, and LIS students on our two conference topic tracks:
- supporting original research, through faculty and graduate outreach, scholarly communications, etc.; and
- performing research in libraries.
Proposals can be concurrent sessions, either as presentations or panels, or can be short lightning talks. In Track 1 we especially encourage presentations that focus on the unique needs of patrons who are doing research, and how working with researchers is different from supporting non-researcher patrons. In Track 2 we especially encourage discussions of practical methodology, including why research could be or was done a certain way and what lessons were learned that may help attendees do their own research.
The deadline to submit proposals is October 18, 2019. Proposal authors will receive notice of acceptance or requests to revise with feedback in late November.
Presenters will be expected to register as regular attendees. Registration will open in early November. Thanks to support from our sponsors, University of Tennessee Libraries and the VCU Libraries, we have been able to maintain a modest registration rate. We anticipate registration to cost $65 for early bird registration for the day-and-a-half conference.
CISPC 2019, which is to be held on 20 November at London Art House, will provide librarians and information professionals with an invaluable insight into best practice for delivering the open research agenda.
Catherine Parker, a collections and scholarly communications librarian at the University of Huddersfield, has been signed up to speak at this year’s CISPC event, entitled Delivering the Open Research Agenda
Parker will deliver a presentation entitled Supporting Researchers in HE – Champions and Collaborators with a Common Goal at the November event in London.
She told Research Information: ‘Last autumn I posted requests on two mailing lists (UKCORR and ARMA) asking who was responsible for research support administration, compliancy checking and open access queries in general.
‘At University of Huddersfield, this support is split between the Library and Research & Enterprise and I was curious to find out how others supported these areas. Academics have little time to wonder which department should pay for their APC or where and how they need to be storing their data as long as someone can guide them with their queries at their point of need. One of the things that struck me most was that collaboration and communication between all stakeholders is vital, and in the majority of cases very good.
‘We need to share our expertise and champion our strengths to our researchers because the ultimate goal is to support them, however we can, in the constantly shifting research landscape.’
Other speakers at the event will include:
• Rachel Bruce, head of open research at UK Research and Innovation, speaking on ‘The open research landscape: a funder’s perspective’
• Lauren Cadwallader, deputy manager of scholarly communication at Cambridge University on ‘Cambridge’s Journey on the Road to Open Research;
• Martin Eve, professor of literature, technology and publishing at Birkbeck, University of London; on ‘Plan S, Alternative Business Models, and Open Access Monographs’;
• Robert Darby, research data manager and Karen Rowlett, research publications adviser, University of Reading Library, on ‘Changing Sharing Culture at the University of Reading’;
• Rachael Kotarski, Head of Research Infrastructure Services, British Library, on ‘Identifiers for Navigating Research’; and
• Simon Ross, chief executive of Manchester University Press, on ‘Manchesterhive and an Institutional Response to Open Access’.
The event will appeal to librarians/information professionals wanting to improve researcher support and communication in the open research era; researchers/academics wanting to understand the benefits and challenges of delivering open research; publishers who want to develop platforms and submission channels that support the open research agenda; and vendors/service providers of tools that serve open research.
CISPC 2019 is fully catered and includes networking breaks, lunch and a drinks reception. Delegate rates are £100 for academics and librarians, and £250 for vendors/publishers. For more details visit https://cispc-event.com.
ACRL Insider reports that ” ACRL has selected a team of four curriculum designers/presenters to create a new RoadShow workshop to support librarians in finding, using, and developing open educational resources (OER). Intended for academic librarians and library staff integrating OER into their institutions and developing OER initiatives, this introductory day-long workshop will be available for host institutions worldwide to bring to their campuses beginning in Summer 2020.
After an open and competitive call for applications and careful consideration of an excellent candidate pool, the selection committee, made up of representatives from the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee, has chosen the following members for the curriculum design and presentation team:
- Heather Blicher, E-Learning Librarian and Assistant Professor, Southern New Hampshire University
- Kathy Essmiller, OER Librarian and Library Liaison to Music and Theatre Departments, Oklahoma State University
- Michelle Reed, Director of Open Educational Resources, University of Texas at Arlington
- Ariana E. Santiago, Open Educational Resources Coordinator, University of Houston
According to Publishers Weekly in its report on the Digital Book World conference “when Bradley Metrock took over Digital Book World, he promised to create an event that would attract a wide range of people involved in book publishing and related areas. That’s what happened at this year’s DBW—the second since Metrock acquired the conference from F + W in 2017—which ran September 10–12 in Nashville and attracted 1,000 participants.
To meet the expectations of attendees, who ranged from new and experienced publishers to experts in fields such as voice technology, Metrock organized about 60 panels that included six tracks—Academic Book World, Data Book World, Market Book World, New Media Book World, Print Book World, and Production Book World—as well as a host of general sessions. Though his approach provided something for everyone, some attendees thought the conference could have been more focused. “The sessions are hit or miss,” said one attendee, who preferred not be identified. She quickly added, however, that DBW “was a good place to network.”
Metrock invited speakers from such companies as the AI Leadership Institute, Audible, and ReaderBound, but it was Mike Shatzkin, who programmed the first DBW, who provided an overview of how publishing has evolved and made a prediction on what the next disruption for traditional publishers will be. Shatzkin said that 20 years ago, online sales represented about 5% of book sales; today that share is approximately 40%, while the percentage of business controlled by the bookstore chains has fallen from roughly 30%–40% to about 10%. E-books now represent about 20% of overall sales, and the amount of shelf space devoted to books at bookstores has declined. Even with the revival of independent bookstores, there are still fewer of them than there were 20 years ago, Shatzkin maintained. Those changes have made mass merchandisers more important to publishers, especially for commercial titles…
Another industry veteran who charted the course of digital publishing was Micah Bowers of Bluefire, which, among other products, created the Bluefire Reader e-book app. The publishing industry, particularly the digital segment, is at an interesting juncture, Bowers said, explaining that consolidation and fewer companies entering the e-book space have left a handful of players in monopoly positions—a fact that he sees as deeply concerning. As for Bluefire, Bowers said he is moving it into such areas as corporate publishing, content marketing, and higher education, where digital efforts “are a mess.”
Updating the Copyright Office
The ongoing effort to turn the U.S. Copyright Office into a “digital copyright office” was the subject of a quick presentation by Karyn Temple, the register of copyrights. She said that the goal of the makeover is to make the system more user-friendly and easier to navigate. The overhaul of the office will not likely be completed until 2024, she noted, as the office needed to begin from scratch after an “off-the-shelf” system failed to deliver the necessary results…”