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US Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting to focus on global perspectives in scholarly publishing - 15 Apr 2019

The Society for Scholarly Publishing’s (SSP) 41st Annual Meeting will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina San Diego, CA USA, May 29–31, 2019. The theme for this year’s meeting is ‘Shaping the New Status Quo: Global Perspectives in Scholarly Publishing.’

The SSP Annual Meeting includes timely and thoughtful keynote addresses and concurrent sessions featuring an international group of presenters from all areas of scholarly communications: publishers, service providers, librarians, funders, researchers, and more.

The meeting kicks off with a keynote address by Dr. Mariamawit Yeshak, Scholarly Publishing in Africa: Impact Factor vs. Societal Impact—on Wednesday, May 29, at 4:15 pm. Dr. Yeshak leads a research group called BaSIL (Bioactive Secondary Metabolites for Improving Life), which studies biochemical properties of medicinal plants. She also studies indigenous knowledge systems specifically the clinical applications of traditional medicine.

Dr. Yeshak’s address will be followed by the opening reception at 5:30 pm. Attendees will enjoy ample opportunities for connecting with colleagues and sharing ideas at evening receptions and interactive lunches, and SSP’s popular Exhibitors Marketplace provides a central area to learn about new products, programs, services, and solutions.

Betsy Beaumon, CEO of Benetech, has been announced as the keynote speaker on Thursday, May 31, at 9:00 am. Her presentation will be Why Inclusion Matters to Technology and Technology Matters to Inclusion. Betsy has served in executive leadership roles for both for-profit and non-profit technology organisations, most recently as Benetech’s President, driving the development and growth of all Benetech initiatives including inclusive education, poverty alleviation, and human rights.

Opportunities for professional development abound at the meeting. A variety of half-day seminars on Wednesday, May 29, will offer in-depth discussions and practical advice to prepare attendees for the concurrent sessions. Topics include: Charleston Trendspotting Initiative: Forecasting Changes on the Horizon of Scholarly Communication; Fact or Fiction? OASPA Lifts the Lid on Open Access Publishing; Open Source Bazaar: Owned by the Community; Journals Management Workshop: Whiteboards to Editorial Boards, and Everything in Between; and Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions at Work.

Sponsored sessions on Wednesday afternoon provide attendees to hear about the latest developments from leading industry suppliers and publishers. These sessions are free to attendees with a full meeting registration.

The SSP Annual Meeting offers something for everyone in the field of scholarly publishing. This year’s meeting features 35 concurrent sessions in six tracks over two days. Tracks include: Inviting New Voices, External Pressures on Publishing, Going to Market, Tools and Technology, and Publishing on a Smaller Scale. The sixth track includes a variety of non-traditional formats.

For more information and to register for the SSP 41st Annual Meeting, interested parties may visit https://customer.sspnet.org/SSP/2019-Meeting/Event-Home/ssp/AM19/Home.aspx. Register by April 19 to take advantage of the early discount rate.

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US Wolters Kluwer joins CHORUS initiative - 15 Apr 2019

Healthcare information solutions and services provider Wolters Kluwer has joined CHORUS as a member.

CHORUS membership includes a diverse, cooperative group of publishers, publishing platforms, and industry organisations with which CHORUS currently monitors over 611,000 articles for public access and long-term availability. Over 148,000 of these are already freely accessible. CHORUS offers dashboards to help publishers, funding agencies, and institutions to report on compliance with funder policies, assess the value of their investments, and save time, effort, and money.

Wolters Kluwer will gain access to a continually updated CHORUS Publisher Dashboard to track compliance of the articles in their Lippincott portfolio of medical, nursing and allied health journals.

Wolters Kluwer provides trusted clinical technology and evidence-based solutions that engage clinicians, patients, researchers and students with advanced clinical decision support, learning and research and clinical intelligence. Their proven solutions combine deep domain knowledge with specialised technology and services to help professionals navigate change, solve complex problems, and drive consistent outcomes across the continuum of care.

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UK OpenAthens 2019 conference focuses on how industry must evolve to meet user demand while protecting valuable content - 15 Apr 2019

Improved user-centred design in digital media and publishing is the key to the industry’s future success and to combating piracy, experts speaking at the OpenAthens 2019 conference agreed. Leading figures in publishing and content management shared insights on how to improve user experience, mitigate piracy and manage consent and privacy at the one-day event entitled ‘user-centred by design’.

The conference, organised by identity and access management specialist OpenAthens, saw discussions focused on how the industry must evolve to meet user demand while also protecting valuable content.

Keynote speaker, Dan Ramsden, creative director for user experience architecture at the BBC, explained how every design decision is an opportunity to make things easier or more difficult for users. He shared his three models for user-centred design and outlined how he led a team of information architects at the BBC to put their audience at the heart of everything they do, making the BBC’s tools, content and experiences more meaningful and connected.

Dan was joined at the conference on March 19 at the America Square Conference Centre, London, by plenary speaker Russell Palmer, assistant director for support services at GALILEO, the online library portal for more than 2,000 institutions across the state of Georgia in the US. Russell talked about best practice in balancing the demands of creating a smooth and easy user journey and facilitating access to relevant content with online security and protecting valuable content from abuse.

As GALILEO is currently in the process of implementing OpenAthens’ single sign-on software, Russell also discussed the solution provider’s commitment to understanding the complexities of the organisations it works for.

Todd Carpenter, executive director at the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), spoke about the findings from the two-year Resource Discovery in the 21st Century (RA21) project pilots to simplify the single sign-on user experience, share recommended practice and future plans to launch an ongoing service to support user identity management and individual access to content.

A panel discussion on ‘Piracy as a disruptor for change’ featured Duncan Campbell, senior director global sales partnerships at publisher Wiley, Andrew Pitts, co-founder and CEO of Publisher’s Solutions International (PSI), Emily Powell, knowledge and information specialist at the College of Policing, and Sophia Zeschitz, a post-implementation review and evaluation officer at Devon and Cornwall Police, who spoke from a user perspective.

The debate examined the extent to which piracy had been a force for positive innovations such as Netflix and Spotify and is often the result of poor user experience channelling consumers toward easier-to-access illegitimate content.

The panel also acknowledged the difficulty of balancing a business model by which content providers must be paid against users’ desire and ability to access free online content.

Speaking from her experience in social sciences academic arena, Sophia highlighted that most end users are not aware of what content is legal or not legal, they simply select the content that is easiest to access and use. She also suggested that researchers – who will rarely (if ever) hold a patent – are limited by gated publishing frameworks which prevent their research reaching as wide an audience as possible to encourage debate and arguably result in their work losing its impact.

Duncan Campbell added that the much-criticised Digital Single Market proposals in Europe were an attempt to revise the legal framework for online platforms and to ensure that content was uploaded with the permission of rightsholders.

Earlier on in the day, electronic and data services librarian Samantha Heeson from Leeds Beckett University gave a presentation on how she utilises OpenAthens’ reporting functions to provide library staff and senior managers with detailed reports on resource usage and user engagement to guide budget decisions within the organisation.

Representatives from PressReader and EBSCO working with the Queensland public health sector also presented case studies looking at how they managed access to content for their different audiences. Best practice included comprehensive training of relevant staff and users on getting the best value out of online resources, 24/7 support desks and providing remote access via mobile devices.

Johan Tilstra, CEO and co-founder of Lean Library, spoke about how the company’s library browser plug-in automates OpenAthens authentication to help both end users and librarians. CILIP’s marketing and sales manager Gemma Wood discussed how the organisation’s community can facilitate knowledge sharing and deliver service improvements, and OpenAthens international sales manager Kieran Prince introduced the organisational discovery tool Wayfinder.

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US University of North Carolina at Pembroke opts for Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Leganto solutions - 15 Apr 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and LegantoTM course resource list tool.

The UNCP vision is to create the university library of the future, one that blends a unified, integrated library system with powerful search technologies and a superior, affordable student experience. To this end, UNCP will use the Alma platform for managing library resources, the Primo solution for providing discovery and searching capabilities, and the Leganto tool to support the creation, dissemination, and use of course resource lists.

Through this combination of Ex Libris solutions, the university looks forward to maximising the use of the library’s collections, both physical and electronic; exposing students to the world of scholarly publications; and facilitating the compilation and management of course resource lists by faculty members.

Deploying a true enterprise solution, UNCP will integrate its systems with other campus systems, including purchasing, student accounts, and the learning management system. This integration will save UNCP time and money through the streamlining of processes at the university level. Furthermore, the Leganto resource list solution will draw attention to resources that the library owns and will enable each student to save hundreds of dollars on textbooks and other materials.

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UK RLUK elects Vice-Chair and six new members to its Board - 15 Apr 2019

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) has elected a new Vice-Chair and six new members to its Board of Directors, effective from the date of the recent AGM, March 21, 2019.

Jessica Gardner, University of Cambridge and a current member of the Board, stood unopposed for the role of Vice-Chair and will serve in this role for two years before succeeding to the role of Chair in 2021.

The six new Board members elected to an initial three-year term are Nick Barratt, Senate House Libraries; Stella Butler, University of Leeds; Diane Job, University of Birmingham; Caroline Taylor, University of Leicester. Jill Taylor-Roe, Newcastle University, and Masud Khokhar, University of York, had previously served six-months on the Board as co-opted members but were formally elected for a new three-year term.

Jessica Gardner started her current role as University Librarian and Director of Library Services for the University of Cambridge in April 2017. In that role, she is also a member of the Legal Deposit Librarians Committee, a Director of the Agency for Legal Deposit Libraries, a Trustee of the Sir Winston Churchill Archives at Churchill College, Cambridge, and a fellow of Selwwn College, Cambridge. Jessica also represents Cambridge as its library representative on the International Alliance of Research Libraries (IARU).

Jessica joined the RLUK Board in April 2013, just before she left her role as Head of Library and Culture Services at the University of Exeter for the post of University Librarian at the University of Bristol. Whilst at Bristol, Jessica laid the foundations for the University’s major capital investment in a new University Library, and led institutional initiatives to develop a roadmap for investment in learning spaces for independent study. She first joined Exeter, as Head of Special Collections, in 2001; and went on to lead a wider portfolio, including art and culture, before stepping up in 2009 to lead the library teams through the rapid changes associated with the development of Exeter’s ground-breaking Forum project. Also at Exeter, Jessica established her professional interest and leadership in open access, which has continued through subsequent roles and culminated in the development at Cambridge of the University’s position statement on Open Research.

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US Association of College and Research Libraries and Gale launch ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit - 15 Apr 2019

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators. The toolkit extends the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transform Campaign, that’s designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals.

Key resources in the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit include: Marketing Instructional Materials: Foundational guidance on how to create a marketing strategy, define message positioning by target audience, and plan campaigns; ‘Because’ Statement Templates: Designed to help libraries develop messaging statements to promote their services and resources or issues of importance. Example statements are provided as well as ALA’s formula where libraries can create their own; Community Engagement Framework: Provides a framework and tactics to develop, support and sustain effective community outreach and communication strategies; and Methods for Communicating and Measuring Impact: Provides insight and best practices on analysing, measuring and communicating library outreach strategy results.

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India Latest edition of Blogspeak now online - 15 Apr 2019

The latest edition of Blogspeak is now online. Featured are: Rob Schlesinger (Guest Post - The Dissertation Publication Requirement: It’s Time for Reexamination); Andy Tattersall (Don’t be a giraffe - How to avoid trolls on academic social media); Brenda Wingfield (How the open access model hurts academics in poorer countries); Stacy Konkiel (How to use altmetrics to craft a better microbiology research engagement strategy); and David Crotty (Scholarly Kitchen Webinar: The Future of Independent and Society Publishing). Blogspeak includes blog posts relevant to the publishing industry, particularly STM publishing. Subscribers are invited to participate in the latest edition of Blogspeak Here.

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