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SCOAP3 at SLA in Washington on June 14th and ALA in Chicago on July 11th
– High Energy Physics Open Access

The SCOAP3 Open Access initiative has a unique potential to transform
scholarly communication. It offers an opportunity to U.S. libraries of
all sizes to experiment with Open Access in a cost-neutral fashion and
make a real difference in Open Access.

Come to the SCOAP3 forums at SLA in Washington on June 14th and at ALA
in Chicago on July 11th to learn how you can get involved!

SCOAP3 aims to convert High-Energy Physics literature to Open Access by
re-directing current subscription expenditures to a consortium that will
centrally pay journals for peer-review and other editorial services,
making articles Open Access. This is an innovative, cost-neutral, way to
achieve Open Access without incurring in additional author fees.

SCOAP3 has so far collected pledges for a total of 8.8 Million $/year
from partners in 21 countries, corresponding to 63% of its worldwide
budget envelope. In the U.S., leading libraries and library consortia
signed an Expression of Interest pledging to support the SCOAP3
initiative, if successful. These pledges represent 2.5 Million $/year,
over 70% of the expected U.S. contribution. However, additional pledges
for about 1 Million $/year are still needed to allow the initiative to
move forward.

 The forums will present an overview of the SCOAP3 initiative and
answer questions on the way the consortium will work.

The SLA event will take place on Sunday, June 14th 2009, 3:00pm-4:30pm
at the Henley Park Hotel, 926 Massachusetts Ave, Eton room. Attendance
is free but participants are kindly invited to register online at
http://tinyurl.com/scoap3-at-sla 

 The ALA event will take place on Saturday, July 11th 2009,
12:00pm-2:00pm at the Hyatt Regency, 151 East Wacker Drive, Truffles
Room.  Attendance is free but participants are kindly invited to 
register online at http://tinyurl.com/scoap3-at-ala 

 For more information, see:

 ●    The SPARC-ACRL FAQs at 
 http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/papers/scoap3_09april.shtml 
 ●    The SCOAP3 web page at http://scoap3.org and
 ●    The SCOAP3 expression of interest for U.S. libraries at 
 http://tinyurl.com/scoap3us.

Dr. Salvatore Mele
CERN - Open Access Section - Project Leader
SCOAP3 - Interim Project Manager
Voice: + 41 22 767 8603 - E-mail: [log in to unmask] 
Postal address: C27900, CERN, CH1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland
http://scoap3.org