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NISO announces series of educational programs for 2017
- 20 Jan 2017

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced a strong series of educational programs for 2017, encompassing fourteen 90-minute webinars and six virtual conferences.

All of these rich offerings are tailored to allow live viewing as well as archive use and viewing by individuals as well as groups, making them suitable for a wide variety of organisations. The 2017 programs focus on information-workforce training needs and on current and emerging issues of concern to the academic, library, and tech communities.

Virtual conferences, each a six-hour event, address Institutional Repositories; Opening Up Education: Textbooks, Resources, Courseware, and More; Images: Digitization and Preservation of Special Collections in Libraries; Convergence: The Web and Publishing onto the Web; Research Networks: The Connections Enabling Collaboration; and Advancing Altmetrics: Best Practices and Emerging Ideas.

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Cambridge University Press announces support for the Academic Book Week for second consecutive year
- 20 Jan 2017

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press has announced its support for the Academic Book Week 2017 for the second year running, with a focus on championing innovation in publishing.

To celebrate, Cambridge will be making twenty of their most innovative books, as chosen by editors, available freely online throughout the week. Each title has been selected on the basis of its impact in its field or as an example of ingenuity in publishing, and all the selected titles have won a major award in the last two years.

Cambridge will be taking part in the Academic Book Week flagship event at the British Library on Wednesday 25th January, with a panel session at 2pm on Insight and Innovation in Publishing. The panel will examine case studies including Cambridge Core, the Press's major new academic content platform, and The Nine Dots Prize, a major new award in the social sciences.

In conversation will be Nisha Doshi, Digital Development Publisher, Vicky Drummond, Head of User Experience and Platform, and Professor Simon Goldhill, Director of CRASSH (The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Science and Humanities at Cambridge University) and Chairman of the Nine Dots Prize. This promises to be a fun and informative session, focused on finding solutions to develop new publishing initiatives and meet the challenges of an ever-changing marketplace.

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The London Book Fair announces keynote speakers for Quantum Conference 2017
- 20 Jan 2017

The London Book Fair has confirmed two keynote speakers for its Quantum Conference, scheduled for March 13, 2017, 09:30 - 16:00 hrs. Steve Bohme, Research Director at Nielsen Book Research UK, will share the findings from Nielsen's annual Books and Consumer study, while Sophie Corcut from retail trends consultancy GDR Creative Intelligence, will provide a fresh perspective on the latest consumer and retail trends.

Further speakers confirmed for the new-look conference include Alexander Bregman from Google Play, Wattpad's Ashleigh Gardner, Tom Williams from app developer Peak, who recently sold a majority stake in the company to Hachette Livre, and We are Social's Charlie Cottrell.

Also new for this year, the Quantum Conference will feature a new parallel seminar stream, entitled How it Works. This will consist of practical workshop sessions geared towards providing publishers with useful information and advice on topics like predictive analysis, Google Analytics and Facebook's 'Live' function, and so much more.

Last month LBF announced that the new and improved Quantum Conference has combined with Nielsen BookInsights Conference to form one Spring conference, offering delegates fresh research, actionable consumer-focused insights and forward-thinking on the book industry landscape all in one place. The event will be chaired by publisher consultant and former Managing Director of Watkins Media, James Spackman.

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The Society for Scholarly Publishing organises regional event covering open access in education
- 27 Dec 2016

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) held its first Philadelphia-based regional programming event, 'Open Access in Education: Open Educational Resources (OERs) and the Open Syllabus Project in the Context of Scholarly Publishing', on December 7, 2016, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The format included a period of refreshments and networking, followed by a one-hour speaker panel, with additional networking time at the end.

The focus of the event was a four-speaker panel including Joe Lucia (Dean of Libraries), Mary Rose Muccie (Executive Director of Temple University Press) and Steven Bell (Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services) from Temple University, and Joe Karaganis, Director of the Open Syllabus Project at Columbia University. The moderator for the evening was Rebecca Kennison, Principal at K|N Consulting and Co-founder of the Open Access Network.

Lucia opened the panel by providing context for the OER work at Temple University. For Temple, 'open' is mainly a philosophical decision rather than an economic one. Libraries, faculty, and presses each play a role in open access, and there are growing alliances between presses and research libraries that have created hybrid 'publishing' activities that cross traditional boundaries. The creation of Scholarly Communications programs and Digital Scholarship Centers are evidence of a new framework that is emerging in an ecosystem that seems, at least from within Academia, to be out of balance. OERs are one part of this new avenue that libraries, faculty, and presses are now exploring.

Next, Bell discussed open textbooks as one type of OER. Since 1978 the cost of textbooks has increased 812%, and today the most asked question at the library during the first week of classes is 'Do you have my textbook?' The 2012 Florida Student Textbook Survey found that the cost of required textbooks had a significant impact on students. Bell noted that sustainability and affordability in higher education are drivers of the open textbook initiatives such as The Alternative Textbook Project at Temple Libraries, the UMass Library Open Education Initiative, the Rutgers Open and Affordable Textbooks Project, and OpenStax, a nonprofit based at Rice University.

Muccie then described the challenges that Temple University Press faces, particularly the question of how to foster disciplines that use long-form scholarship - humanities and qualitative social sciences - in an environment where sales of published long-form works are declining. There is also the challenge of communicating the value and relevance of the Press to the University, and she sees 'OERs as Opportunity.' OER projects are an avenue through which the Press can continue to help support student learning, to partner with faculty on content creation, to further integrate the scholarly communication and library publishing programs, and to share expertise. That expertise can come in the form of development (e.g. press acquisitions editors sharing experience on how to develop coherent projects), peer review, rights and permissions, editorial and production knowledge, and Print on Demand experience (if print is desired).

Karaganis from The American Assembly at Columbia University was the panel's final speaker, and he went directly into a live (and lively) demo of the beta version of the Open Syllabus Explorer (explorer.opensyllabusproject.org), which uses a data mining approach across almost one million syllabi from universities around the country to provide a free searchable database. Search on a specific text to find out not just how often it appears in a course syllabus, but what other texts are most often assigned with it. As administrators look to expand promotion and tenure criteria beyond traditional citation measures, the inclusion of a publication in a formal course syllabus could be a powerful, alternate indicator of the quality and value of that work within teaching/pedagogy.

The Q&A to end the formal panel session was led by Kennison, the moderator, after which additional informal discussions continued between speakers and attendees until the close of the event.

The SSP Community Engagement Committee in Philadelphia and other regions (Boston, New York City, Washington DC, Raleigh/Durham NC, San Francisco, and Chicago) will be scheduling additional events for 2017, and will be exploring speaker topics that are of importance to the full range of participants in the scholarly communications community (publishers, librarians, administrators, researchers, and funders).

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Path-Breaking medical researcher and survivor of rare, fatal disease to keynote the NFAIS 2017 Annual Conference
- 21 Dec 2016

Named by Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 young scientists changing the world, Dr. David Fajgenbaum, who is revolutionising the way medical research is conducted, will deliver the Keynote Address at the National Federation of Advanced Information Service's (NFAIS) 59th Annual Conference, February 26-28, 2017 at Alexandria, VA's Hilton Old Town.

Dr. David Fajgenbaum is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Translational Medicine/Human Genetics and Associate Director of Patient Impact for the Penn Orphan Disease Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the co-founder of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) and a patient battling a rare and deadly disease - idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease - as a physician-researcher-entrepreneur-patient-advocate.

Between life-threatening relapses, Dr. Fajgenbaum has grown the CDCN into a model for international collaboration and published research that has changed the way Castleman disease is researched and treated. He is currently in his longest remission ever thanks to a precision treatment he identified through his research at Penn that had never been used before for Castleman disease. He also is PI of several clinical and translational research studies into etiology, pathogenesis, and precision medicines for Castleman disease.

Dr. Fajgenbaum has been recognized with the "Rare Champion of Hope: Science Award" by Global Genes, RareVoice Award for Federal Advocacy by EveryLife Foundation, along with the Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare list. He received an MBA from The Wharton School as the Kissick Scholar and Mandel Fellow, MD from the Perelman School of Medicine as a 21st Century Gamble Scholar, MSc from the University of Oxford as the 2007 Allbritton Scholar, and a BS from Georgetown University.

The NFAIS 2017 Annual Conference theme, "The Big Pivot: Re-Engineering Scholarly Communication," centers on how innovative technical developments are creating new blueprints for optimizing the way users create, access and use data and information.

The NFAIS Annual conference aims to help attendees collaborate on addressing the myriad challenges and opportunities presented by fast-moving changes in and the overall evolution of scholarly communication and information services. Registration for the NFAIS 2017 Annual Conference is open with Early Bird rates closing on January 9, 2017. In addition, the Conference Hotel's limited block of rooms are available for special discounted rates through February 3, 2017.

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