ProQuest affiliate Bowker will be an industry sponsor at uPublishU at BookExpo America (BEA), the acclaimed conference for self-publishers. The company will host three sessions entitled 'Get To Know Your Key Audience&Where To Reach Them,' 'Making Your Metadata Rock,' and 'Understanding How to Distribute Your Book.' Each is led by a publishing expert and will provide practical advice that authors can apply immediately.
uPublishU at BEA 2013 will be held at the Javits Center in New York City on June 1. The one-day conference allows aspiring writers and authors to learn from industry experts about self-publishing their works, with presentations that cover technology and tools needed to publish in both print and digital. Bowker's presentation on identifying and reaching target audiences includes a rich demographic breakdown of the buyers of e- and print books by key subjects of particular interest to self-published authors. The metadata session shows authors how descriptive information about their books gets distributed, revised, and used on the Internet. The distribution session gives authors tips on how to navigate the book supply chain, starting with the basics in understanding the roles of wholesaler, distributor, online retailer and print on demand.
Other uPublishU at BEA presentations include bestselling authors, industry experts, and professionals who will share tips, tactics and best practices that enable authors to take charge of their publishing efforts. Sessions on all aspects of the publishing process will offer advice for new and experienced indie authors. Conferees will also be able to interact with more than 24 exhibitors, each with information on how their organisation supports authors.
RSuite CMS, a content management system for publishers, will be exhibiting at the Association of Educational Publishers' Content in Context Conference (CIC) from June 2-5 in Washington, D.C. CIC aims to present a range of informative and practical sessions that address all issues relating to the development and distribution of high-quality learning resources.
The AEP provides information, training, and outreach to help its members navigate the global realities of today's educational resource industry. Through its services, events, and initiatives, AEP facilitates communication among key interest groups including educators, policy makers, businesses, educational foundations and associations, and the education media.
Academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited, UK, has announced that it is the media partner of the first 'World Research and Innovation Congress (WRIC) - Pioneers in Healthcare.' The event is scheduled to be held from June 5-6, 2013, at Steigenberger Grand Hotel in Brussels. The two-day event is expected to bring together over 500 of the world's top scientific health professionals to discuss future challenges and strategies on the key issues facing health research today.
The Congress offers ground breaking sessions and unique opportunities to shape the future of healthcare through innovation and collaboration. Among them, a presentation by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the community founded by Tim Berners-Lee, will uncover for the first time "the Development of semantic web standards to improve the use of clinical data." This pioneering session will explain the process that is set to have a major impact on the way we deal, store and share clinical data.
Funding will also feature highly on the agenda. In particular, a number of sessions and panel discussions will enable international funding agencies to present their plans to tackle the 'Grand Challenges' in healthcare.
With over 50 countries represented in total, the Congress is set to have a truly global scope and facilitate engagement, learning and collaboration among the many academics, researchers, and NGOs attending.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) will host a Library Assessment Forum at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, featuring research on the value of e-books in academic libraries conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part of the LibValue project. The forum will be held on June 28, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (Adler 24A-C). No registration is necessary to attend this event.
The UIUC Library has conducted research on e-book value as part of the LibValue grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The data collected from these studies include longitudinal e-book use and cost data; logbook diaries of e-book users; data on patron-driven acquisition in humanities subject areas via short-term loan and purchase on demand; and perspectives of UIUC humanities faculty and graduate students in architecture, art, art history, classics, music, and religion/theology. Overall, these multiple data sets have shown positive e-book engagement, and the library has gained insight into how users want to access, read, download, and browse e-book collections.
The panel of presenters from UIUC will include Paula Kaufman, dean of libraries and university librarian; Tina Chrzastowski, chemistry librarian and professor of library administration; and Lynn Wiley, head of acquisitions and associate professor.
Library resources provider EBSCO, US, has announced that its 2013 Information Days event in Norway was judged by delegates to have been a success. It is stated to have helped librarians to face the challenging task of promoting the resources in their own libraries, and letting their users know there is an alternative to traditional search engines.
Eighty librarians attended EBSCO's 2013 Information Days held in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø, representing Norway's top universities and institutions such as NTNU (Norway's second largest university and its primary institution for the education of engineers and scientists). Delegates networked with publishers Karger and Oxford University Press; gained industry insights; and discovered EBSCO's new products and services. One librarian commented that the day was 'a good combination of product information and an excellent opportunity to share experiences with colleagues.'
EBSCO's Nordic operations are seen to be growing from strength to strength, with important new customers on board such as NTNU, and, more recently, Stockholm University in Sweden. A new General Manager of the UK and Nordic operations, Paul Harwood, joins EBSCO on May 30, 2013 to further strengthen EBSCO's position in Norway and the Nordic markets.