SPARC and ACRL announce Chicago ALA forum will focus on the economy

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For immediate release
May 5, 2009

For more information, contact:

Jennifer McLennan
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Kara Malenfant
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SPARC and ACRL announce Chicago ALA forum will focus on the economy

Washington, DC and Chicago, IL – The next SPARC-ACRL forum on emerging issues in scholarly communication, to be held at the Chicago meeting of the American Library Association in July, will explore “Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace.” The forum is co-sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

The economy and its impact on library and higher education budgets are the most urgent concern for the library community today. While libraries have long been grappling with constrained collection budgets, we face a new urgency in continuing the transformation promised by Open Access and new technologies. Come hear how the tactics libraries use to navigate these rough waters may shape scholarly communication and the marketplace.

This forum will take a bird's eye view of the scholarly communication marketplace and suggest tactics for navigating through tough times. Speakers will revisit the unique economics of the scholarly communications marketplace, offer concrete strategies that libraries can deploy now to begin to offset financial pressures, demonstrate positive efforts from the publishing community, and offer a global view of new opportunities to advance change and thrive in future.

The 19th biennial SPARC-ACRL Forum will be held Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Sheraton Chicago, Ballroom II/III. The ACRL Scholarly Communications discussion group, which offers a more intimate setting to explore forum topics in greater depth, will be held Sunday, July 12, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Intercontinental Hotel, Camelot room.

Registration is not required. For further details on the forum as they emerge, visit here.


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), represents more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. It is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at