Getting the rights right: Next SPARC-ACRL forum at ALA announced

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December 2, 2011

For more information, contact:

Jennifer McLennan
SPARC
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Kara Malenfant
ACRL
(312) 280-2510
kmalenfant [at] ala [dot] org

Getting the rights right: Next SPARC-ACRL forum at ALA announced

Washington, DC and Chicago, IL – At the upcoming meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in Dallas, TX, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will co-host a timely panel discussion on “Getting the rights right for the future of scholarly communication.” The forum will be held Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Dallas Convention Center, room A201/202.

The potential for using the digital environment to accelerate scholarship depends not only on unfettered access to publications and data, but also – equally – on having the clearly stated rights to use and re-use the materials. Only with full re-use rights are we able to realize the true potential of Open Access to create new knowledge, build on earlier findings, and translate research for educational and commercial use.

The next SPARC/ACRL forum will explore the troubles of getting the rights piece wrong and how we can unlock the future of scholarship and scholarly communication if we get the rights piece right. With brief presentations and plenty of opportunity for discussion, speakers will share the latest in rights-related developments, such as open licensing, managing rights for linked data, purchase negotiations, and continued legal battles over access to and re-use of published material. Speakers will highlight ideas for libraries to help reshape this crucial piece in the scholarly communication puzzle and make sure the future is open.

Presenters will be announced.

The forum will be held Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Dallas Convention Center, A201/202.  

The ACRL Scholarly Communications Discussion Group, which offers a more intimate setting to explore issues that surface at the forum, will explore some of the ethical issues with getting rights right and Open Access and be held Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, Majestic 05.

Separate registration for this event is not required. For further details on the forum, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/forum.

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SPARC

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. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc.

ACRL

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), represents nearly 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 http://www.acrl.org.

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