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Library Assessment Conference 2018 call for proposals
- 21 Mar 2018

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Steering Committee invite paper and poster proposals for the 2018 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment. This seventh biennial conference will be held in Houston, Texas, December 5-7, 2018, and is co-hosted by the University of Houston Libraries and Texas A&M Libraries.

The conference goal is to build and further a vibrant library assessment community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of library assessment. The event provides a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, and pre-conference workshops that stimulate discussion and provide workable ideas for effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment.

Paper and poster proposals that cover any aspect of library assessment in any type of library are invited. The conference steering committee especially encourages assessment-related proposals in the areas such as Collaborative assessments; Data management and visualization; Digital libraries and repositories; Diversity, equity, and inclusion; Measurement and measures/indicators; Methods and tools; Organizational issues; Research and scholarly life cycle; Services, collections (including specialized collections), and programs; Space and facilities planning and use; Teaching and learning; Usability; User experience; User needs; Value and impact; and Presentation Formats.

Proposals are invited as papers and posters. Brief descriptions of the various formats are provided on the conference website. Proposals are required to include a title, author names, format, and abstract (maximum 500 words) describing the paper or poster. Papers will be included in the conference proceedings and are due by January 15, 2019.

To submit a proposal, interested parties may visit the proposal submission site. The primary author will be required to create a profile. One author will complete the form submission and enter co-author information. Proposal submissions are due by May 7, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific daylight time.

Presenters who are not able to attend in-person due to a prohibition on using state travel funds to Texas will be able to present their papers virtually.

Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status in June 2018. Drafts of papers will be due by November 1 and final papers for the proceedings will be due by January 15, 2019. Each accepted presenter will be guaranteed a conference registration place and will be expected to pay the registration fee by September 1, 2018. Additional registration information will be available in June 2018.

Papers will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be freely and openly available via the conference website. Poster abstracts and PDF versions of posters will also be available on the conference website. Authors retain the copyright to their original work and are encouraged to publish their work in other established venues and professional journals.

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Society for Scholarly Publishing announces keynote speakers for SSP 40th Annual Meeting
- 21 Mar 2018

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) has announced that its keynote speakers for the SSP 40th Annual Meeting to be held May 30-June 1, in Chicago will be Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble and Steve Mirsky.

Noble, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication, will present her address, Toward an Ethic of Social Justice in Information, on May 30. Noble's academic research focuses on the design of digital media platforms and their impact on society. Her monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias is, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (2016), and Emotions, Technology&Design (2015).

Mirsky will give his address, How Cialdini's Six Principles of Persuasion Can Help Us Transform Scholarly Communication, on May 31. Mirsky has been an editor and columnist for Scientific American since 1995. He freelanced for numerous magazines before joining the staff of Scientific American. In 2004-2005, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He started the Scientific American podcasts in 2006. In 2009 he received an honorary doctor of science degree from his alma mater, Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York.

The meeting kicks off with Dr. Noble's keynote address on May 30, at 4:15 pm followed by the Opening Reception at 5:30 pm and then the SSP 40th Anniversary Celebration at Navy Pier. The Closing Plenary session will be a discussion with The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs.

In addition to these timely and thoughtful keynote addresses, the SSP Annual Meeting also includes 34 concurrent sessions featuring an international group of presenters from all areas of scholarly communications: publishers, service providers, librarians, and researchers. Topics to be covered include fuelling scholarship, reimagining research, tools and technology, industry crossroads, marketing/sales/strategy, practical skills, new challenges/new innovations.

Those who are unable to travel can participate in the meeting virtually. The Virtual Meeting offering includes both keynote speakers, five educational sessions and two plenary sessions. The sessions will be live-streamed real-time.

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Supporting quality information: Libraries and publishers dialogue
- 19 Mar 2018

Libraries and publishers both play an essential role in the production of, and the provision of access to, creativity and knowledge. In their pursuit of this goal, they are affected by the same trends, and share many of the same concerns.

The 35th meeting of the international organisations representing publishers and libraries, recently held in London saw agreement on a number of these priorities. Participants came from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the International Publishers Association (IPA) and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).

The participants underlined their common interest in advancing discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. In a joint letter to WIPO's Director General, they are urging that organisation to take steps to ensure meaningful discussion on proposed action plans on exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and museums at the Committee's next meeting.

Following years of discussion on this topic at the global level, it is time for practical progress which will make it easier for libraries and publishers to work together on the regional, national and local levels. This will contribute to maximising access to information around the world in a sustainable fashion.

The representatives of the libraries and publishers also stressed the challenge posed by deliberately deceptive scholarly journals, which cost researchers both money and reputation. They agreed to work further to identify and promote tools, such as Think, Check, Submit, which help researchers and librarians take a proactive stance in identifying and avoiding such publications.

They agreed that written works must be recognised as an essential pillar of heritage. In designing cultural policies and programmes, governments should ensure that the written word is properly preserved and supported. In line with the UNESCO Recommendation on documentary heritage of 2015, there need to be meaningful preservation policies for the digital age - the good practices already adopted by many publishers should be shared more widely.

Finally, they reiterated the message in the joint IFLA-IPA statement of 28 September 2016 that there should be no trade-off between quality and quantity of information. While the growing amount of information that is produced and access is to be celebrated, there is an enduring need for excellence.

IFLA, IPA and STM confirmed a further meeting to take forward these discussions would be held in September 2018.

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ICSTI 2018 webinar series to focus on 'Blockchain for Science'
- 19 Mar 2018

The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) kicks off its 2018 webinar series with an in-depth look at the opportunities and potential changes in the world of scholarly communication that may be stimulated by Blockchain. The session is scheduled for April 12, 10:00-11:30 am EDT.

Panelists Joris van Rossum (Digital Science), Sönke Bartling (Blockchain for Science), and Lambert Heller (Open Science Lab at TIB) will address the topic from three different perspectives. The Copyright Clearance Center will host this free and open-to-all webinar. For all webinar registrants, access to the recording of the live event will be emailed within 2 business days. Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the ICSTI Website following the live webinar.

Joris van Rossum is a publishing consultant and entrepreneur with a long background in STM Publishing. Currently he is the director of Special Projects at Digital Science. Joris recently wrote a research report for Digital Science Inc, investigating the new possibilities of Blockchain. He will summarise the report and will sketch his own views on the ways Blockchain could be a game changer in the eco-system of scholarly publishing. Or will it turn out to be no more than a hype?

Sönke Bartling is the founder of Blockchain For Science and associated researcher at the Humbold institute for internet and society. His focus is the blockchain revolution and what it could mean for science and knowledge creation. In general he is interested in developing and describing novel online tools and concepts for knowledge creation. Besides, he is a board certified radiologist with a broad clinical experience and a researcher in basic medical imaging sciences. He co-edited the living book http://www.openingscience.org/.

Lambert Heller, with a background in social sciences, is an academic librarian by training. He founded the Open Science Lab at TIB (the German National Library of Science and Technology) in 2013. He is running a number of grant projects with his group, some of them with partners from the "Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0". A lot of the TIB Open Science Labs efforts is about Linked-Data-based research information systems (VIVO), as well as communicating/cultivating what 'Open Science' is all about. In the webinar, he gives an overview on how and why scholarly objects as well as transactional metadata can and should be taken care of by using P2P systems.

Interested parties may visit http://www.cvent.com/events/icsti-webinar-blockchain-for-science/event-summary-801e705c3c26422ab1b20df210c5bf23.aspx for more details and registration details.

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Association of Research Libraries organises Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2018, highlights balance in the copyright system
- 12 Mar 2018

The fifth annual Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week took place February 26-March 2, 2018, growing to 153 participating organisations-as well as numerous individuals-celebrating the important and flexible doctrines of fair use and fair dealing worldwide. This year's event was organised by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participants included universities, libraries, library associations, and many other organisations, such as Authors Alliance, the Center for Democracy&Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the R Street Institute, and Re:Create. Sixty ARL member institutions contributed a wide range of resources this year. Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week was observed around the globe by participants in such countries as Australia, Canada, Colombia, Greece, and the United States.

Throughout the week, participants celebrated the essential limitations and exceptions to copyright that fair use and fair dealing provide, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. While fair use and fair dealing are employed on a daily basis, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week is a time to promote and discuss opportunities presented, share successful stories, and explain these doctrines.

Each day, new blog posts and other resources were produced and shared and institutions hosted a variety of live events, such as panel discussions, film screenings, button- and kaleidocycle-making stations and more. Daily roundups and additional resources are available on the Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week website. There were 90 news and blog posts, three infographics, three videos, a podcast, and more shared over the course of the week, many of which are captured in this Storify of tweets from the week.

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2019 will take place February 25-March 1.

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