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OSA to exhibit at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
- 23 Apr 2014

The Optical Society (OSA) will be exhibiting at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, taking place in Washington, D.C. April 26-27. OSA volunteers will be on hand to perform education demonstrations in the 'Big Top Physics' tent, a joint project between OSA, Sigma Pi Sigma, the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Society of Physics Students.

The all-ages festival features more than 3,000 exhibitors, 33 author presentations, 100 stage shows and science celebrity appearances by Bill Nye the Science Guy, Dirty Job's Mike Rowe and cast and crew from the Big Bang Theory, House and Breaking Bad. The organisers expect approximately 250,000 visitors over the course of the festival, being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

OSA's participation in the festival is one of many ways the society supports youth education programs. Other initiatives include OSA's OPTICSforKIDS.org website and the distribution of complimentary pre-college educational materials to educators and parents.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is advised by a Board that includes Nobel Laureates, leading CTOs/CSOs of Fortune 100 technology and life science companies, accomplished serial entrepreneurs and innovators, world famous translational scientists, decision makers in government science policy and leaders in science education.
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NISO-BISG 8th annual ALA forum: The Changing Standards Landscape
- 22 Apr 2014

The Changing Standards Landscape, an annual program organised jointly by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), will be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

The 2014 program will explore how globalisation is affecting the publishing and library communities in an increasingly digital marketplace, with a special focus on the standards and emerging technologies that support global e-book reading.

Rather than concentrate on differences and divergent needs, this forum will highlight where publishers and libraries share common ground and what each group can learn from the other. The agenda is being designed to identify areas where cooperative approaches can solve common problems.

The program will include sessions on the Readium Foundation and its potential for enabling greater e-book discoverability and interoperability through support of the EPUB standard, a data-first analysis of US book sales trends, and the impact of Thema in the global marketplace. Topics and speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

The event is free of charge with your ALA registration.
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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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