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ACCUCOMS to hold annual event ACCUFEST on October 5
- 17 Apr 2014

ACCUCOMS, a Netherlands-based provider of sales and marketing services for publishers, has announced the date and location of its annual event, ACCUFEST. This event brings together the company's current customer base as well as academic publishers interested in ACCUCOMS' services.

The year 2014 marks the third annual ACCUFEST event to be held in Heidelberg, Germany on the 5th and 6th of October. The idea behind this two-day event is to bring together publishers to inform them of current trends in scholarly publishing, mature and emerging markets, and ACCUCOMS' services.

Publishers will have a chance to listen to talks by keynote speakers who are experts in the field of information management and research. One-on-one discussions with regional sales representatives from ACCUCOMS will also be possible. In addition to the informative talks and market analysis and forecasts, there is an exciting evening program planned. ACCUFEST also importantly takes place a few days before the Frankfurt Book Fair (8th - 12th October), so publishers are urged to attend both events. The company equally represents its publishers at the book fair.
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Registrations now open for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference
- 15 Apr 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held August 4-6, in Seattle, Washington. The conference aims to build and develop a vibrant library community through invited speakers, contributed papers, posters, lightning talks, panels, workshops, and networking with those interested in assessment. The fifth Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the University of Washington (UW) Libraries.

Registration closes July 6, 2014. Pre-conference workshops will be held on August 3, 12:15 - 4:15 pm. Post-conference workshops will be held on August 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (half-day) or 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (full-day). More information on the workshops is available on the conference website.

The 2014 conference will include three keynote speakers: Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC: "Research"; David Kay, Sero Consulting: "Activity Data"; and Margie Jantti, University of Wollongong: "Change in Libraries".

The conference program will feature presentations in four formats: papers, posters, panels, and lightning talks, and will cover a full range of library assessment topics.
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London Book Fair highlights for 2014
- 15 Apr 2014

The London Book Fair came to a close on April 10, 2014. Highlights for 2014, include: The London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards; Gaming @ LBF - new feature area in Publishing Solutions @ Tech in Earls Court 2; The Faculty @ LBF - brand new theatre in the academic zone; and Conferences.

The London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards, was launched in association with The UK Publishers Association (The PA) showcasing the best international companies and individuals from across the publishing industry who competed for 16 prestigious awards. The awards celebrate international achievement across the whole business of publishing, and provide an opportunity for the UK publishing industry to recognise, and celebrate, the excellent achievements of their international book industry colleagues.

A brand new sector on this year's show floor was Gaming @ LBF. The new pavilion, supported by UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), the UK's premier trade body representing the gaming industry, is designed to connect the creative and commercial talents of gaming developers, publishers and distributors with their publishing counterparts. The initiative is one of several new areas of focus (TV&Film and Brand Licensing) that capitalise on the continued convergence between aligned creative industries to exploit IP across a multiplicity of platforms.

Additionally, a brand new academic theatre in LBF's Academic&Scholarly zone launched for 2014.

Building on the success of the inaugural conference last year, the second edition of What Works? Successful Education Policies, Resources and Technologies took place on April 10, 2014. This year's line-up included keynote addresses from Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO and Pablo Zoido of OECD. The conference, programmed by the IPA, and run in association with The Publishers Association, will provide an open-minded look at educational outcomes with top-level policy makers from government, international agencies and major organisations.

Sponsored by the Copyright Clearance Center, the Publishing for Digital Minds conference, took place on April 7, at the QEII Conference Centre, London. Some of the speakers for 2014 included: Anna Rafferty, Chair; Anthony Horowitz, Author keynote; Bill Thompson, BBC Archives; Baroness Martha Lane Fox; and Rosie Allimonos&Jake Chudnow from YouTube.
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International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers to host Annual U.S. Spring Conference 2014
- 15 Apr 2014

The International Association of Scientific, Technical&Medical Publishers (STM) has announced that its Annual US Spring conference will be held from April 29 -May 1, 2014, at Washington Marriot, Washington DC, USA. This year's conference is titled 'Stewardship of Knowledge: Building a Framework for the Future of Scholarly Publishing'.

Publishers, authors, academic institutions, corporations, learned societies and governments are increasingly confronted with growing and changing responsibilities in providing, vetting, managing, and curating knowledge in ever-changing formats. There are many facets to the stewardship of knowledge - increasing issues of ethics and trust in publishing, problems of government funding cut-backs across the sciences, collection, curation and governance of big data. Who is responsible for what in the chain of knowledge? Who will be responsible in the future? This conference is the first to discuss these topical issues.

Topics include: Who are the stewards of the knowledge ecosystem?; Ethics and trust in journal publishing: How sound is the system?; Funding research: A dark future for science?; Communications in scholarly publishing; The life cycle of big data: Curating the new science; and Flash session presentations from publishers, dotcoms and vendors.
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'Research Without Borders' panel to discuss open access in the Americas
- 14 Apr 2014

"Research Without Borders: Open Access in the Americas", the final event of the academic year in the Research Without Borders panel discussion series will take place from 3pm -5pm on April 29, 2014 in Presidential Rooms 2&3 of Columbia's Faculty House. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

National-level policies around open access to research differ around the world, and the issues at stake around public accessibility to research demand an international perspective. In this panel event, the current landscape of open access policy development in the USA, Canada, and Latin America will be compared and contrasted. Panelists with views from across the Americas will explore and discuss the differing national perspectives around open access to research.

Panelists include Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Michael Sinatra, Associate Professor of English at the Université de Montréal; and Dominique Babini, Open Access Program coordinator at CLACSO-Latin American Council on Social Sciences.

Pamela Graham, Director of Global Studies and the Center for Human Rights Documentation&Research at Columbia University, will be the moderator.

This event is the final event this academic year in the Columbia University's speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. It is co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Scholarly Communication Program and the Digital Humanities Center.

Those interested may join the discussion on Twitter at #rwob and @ScholarlyComm. To watch a live webcast of the event, and for more information about Research Without Borders, visit the Scholarly Communication Program website at scholcomm.columbia.edu.
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