Partnering to Publish: Innovative Roles for Societies, Institutions, Presses, and Libraries
Jointly sponsored by the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Wednesday, November 10, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (includes Refreshment Breaks and Lunch)
American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC

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This seminar, jointly sponsored by the Society for Scholarly Publishing and Association of Research Libraries, provides a unique opportunity to learn about current partnerships and explore new opportunities for cost-effective and innovative joint ventures.

As the skills and infrastructure needed to sustain scholarly communication change in the electronic age, many organizations are reevaluating their publishing strategies. Smaller societies and institutions are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the demands of their authors to link research data with publications, repurpose content in new ways online, or push the boundaries of intellectual property to mix and mash-up. Librarians, meanwhile, are extending their skills to organize and preserve data, support XML workflows, and build deep understandings of digital rights and permissions. Innovative partnerships are evolving; between university presses and academic libraries, between federal librarians and government research staff, and between disciplinary societies and university libraries with strength in their fields. Academic libraries are helping societies with print journals to transition to the electronic environment, federal librarians are collaborating with their agencies' researchers to increase the visibility and impact of their publications, specialist societies are working with institutional repository managers to allow authors to link their journal articles to durable data sources, and university presses are refocusing on the needs of their host institutions.

These are exciting times in the world of scholarly communication, and there are great opportunities for information professionals willing to push the boundaries of their traditional roles. Join your colleagues from across the scholarly communication spectrum for a day of new thinking and networking where case studies and practical tips will abound. The seminar will be of particular value to learned society publishers (especially from small societies with limited internal capacity), federal librarians who are either already serving publishing functions within their organizations or are being called upon to move into these roles, and university and college librarians who are providing campus-based publishing services, independently or in collaboration with their university presses. Join your colleagues from across the scholarly communication spectrum for a day of new thinking and networking where case studies and practical tips will abound.

Join us if you wish to:
*       Learn about existing partnerships to publish, how they are structured and organized.
*       Better understand the role that you can play in providing publishing services for your organization in the new digital environment.
*       Improve the quality of your publications through selective acquisition and editorial development.
*       Find out how to leverage resources within your institution to improve your production workflow.
*       Cost-effectively market and promote your published products to achieve maximum impact and author satisfaction.

The registration fee for this full-day seminar includes refreshments and a networking lunch. A special Early Bird rate (until November 1) of $199 is available for Librarians, and SSP or AAUP members. Other participants are welcome at the rate of $249. There is limited capacity, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

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Barbara P. Silcox
Group Leader, Electronic Information and Publications Group
Information Services Division
National Institute of Standards and Technology