SSP Fall 2008 Educational Seminar Series Nick Lindsay 15 Oct 2008 18:09 UTC

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For immediate release
October 15, 2008

For more information contact:

Ann Mehan Crosse
Associate Director
Society for Scholarly Publishing
Direct Line: 720-881-6114


Join publishing and library colleagues and a range of industry speakers to take part in thought-provoking discussions and attend in-depth sessions surrounding the hottest issues facing institutional and society publishers. SSP Educational Seminars are arranged by publishing professionals for their colleagues, and offer unique problem-sharing and solving opportunities.

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The seminars will be held in central Washington, DC, (only minutes from Union Station) at the The Center for Association Leadership, Marriott Learning Complex, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW.

Tuesday, November 18

Managing the Editorial and Production Process: New Challenges, New Solutions (Full-Day Workshop - Includes Lunch)

Organized by Patty Baskin (Neurology), Madeleine Donachie (American Journal of Archaeology), and Mary Anne Baynes (American Journal Experts)

With today's quickly changing editorial and publishing environment, the position of "managing editor" has become one of the most challenging roles in the industry. This full-day seminar examines some of the most pressing issues faced by managing editors and offers practical "how-tos." Morning speakers will focus on process-oriented topics such as ethical considerations in peer review and educating authors in the preparation of digital art. The afternoon will explore some of the interpersonal aspects of the Managing Editor's role; from working with an academic editorial board to effectively coordinating a pool of freelancers. Ample time has been set aside for discussion and problem sharing. Organized for managing editors by managing editors, this seminar offers an invaluable coaching opportunity, whether you are new to the job or an experienced professional, and whether you are part of a small society publisher or a large commercial publishing house. Speakers: Patricia Baskin, Neurology; Linda Miller, Nature; Eric Pesanelli, American Physiological Society;  Denis Baskin, University of Washington; Kenneth Heideman, American Meteorological Society; Laura Stemmle, American Journal Experts

Wednesday, November 19

Choosing an Electronic Hosting Platform (Half-Day Seminar - Morning)

Organized by Rich Dodenhoff (American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics) and Jennifer Pesanelli (FASEB)

Where and how you host your scholarly content online is a crucial determinant of publishing success in today's overcrowded world of information. Options are constantly changing, and regular review is essential. This seminar will examine how a variety of publishers selected an online hosting service for their journal(s): their decision-making process, the issues that were important to each publisher, and how the platform selected meets their needs. The speakers have been chosen because of their recent experience of managing the change from one hosting option to another. Practical case studies presented will include: a previously self-hosted publication that moved to an outside vendor; a publication previously outsourced that is now self-hosted; a publication that is using open-source software to self-host; and a publication that moved from one platform to another. Speakers include: John Hawley, American Society for Clinical Investigation; Marcus Banks, Education and Information Services, UC San Francisco Library; Jan Reynolds, American Physical Therapy Association.

E-Journal Publishing: A Critical Review of Emerging Standards and Practice (Half-Day Seminar - Afternoon)

Organized by Rita Scheman (Consultant) and Martha Whittaker (George Washington University Libraries)

Digital technologies offer constantly new opportunities for packaging scholarly content. These include article-by-article publishing, linking to gray literature, and making pre-publication material available online. This seminar suggests best practices for handling these new modes of publication, critically evaluating recent recommendations from industry working groups. These include the recently issued NISO/ALPSP "best practices for journal article versions" and the report of the NFAIS "working group on article-by-article publishing." Do these recommendations make practical sense, especially for smaller publishers? The seminar speakers include participants in the NISO/ALPSP and NFAIS working groups, and publishers and librarians attempting to follow their recommendations. Speakers include: Bonnie Lawlor, NFAIS; Philippa Scoones, Wiley-Blackwell; Cathy Eisenhower, Gelman Library, George Washington University; T. Scott Plutchak, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama Birmingham.

Thursday, November 20

The International Continuum: How to Target the New Global Markets for Scholarly Content (Half-Day Seminar - Morning)

Organized by Kimberly Lutz (UNC Greensboro Libraries) and Fiona Bennett (Oxford University Press)

Developing countries are investing millions of dollars in higher education, and there are major market opportunities in these countries for publishers and electronic resource providers. These countries also produce an increasing number of scholarly journals and, in certain disciplines, are out-producing the US in the number of PhDs awarded. This workshop will explore how publishers are beginning to realize the potential of these emerging markets. What are the best practices for working with agents to sell content? What strategies can societies use to increase both membership and authorship from researchers in these communities? What types of relationships are publishers and societies forging with their counterparts in these regions, and to what effect? If your ambition is to extend your content to an even wider global audience, this seminar is for you. Speakers include: Jason Phillips, JSTOR;  Elizabeth Waddell, EBSCO Information Services; and Mary Rose Muccie, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Why Can't Licensing Scholarly Content Be Simple? (Half-Day Seminar - Afternoon)

Organized by Mark Kurtz (BioOne) and Nina Tristani (American Public Health Association)

The licensing of electronic content is a complex and time-consuming business that places significant administrative burdens on publishers and libraries alike. This seminar will explore why that is the case by evaluating the current licensing situation between publishers and institutions with the intent to gain a better understanding of each partner's legitimate-but often competing-interests. It will also explore efforts to simplify or sidestep the licensing process, such as the use of model licenses and NISO's Shared e-Resource Understanding (SERU). Institutional licensing concerns have been widely discussed in the library community. Much less has been done for publishers, especially smaller ones, who may not have the legal expertise or resources needed to ask the right questions during licensing negotiations. This seminar will help publishers better understand licensing issues for their own organizations as well as those of the institutional community, and will help librarians better understand the concerns of scientific publishers. Leading representatives of the publishing and library communities, as well as licensing specialists, will be on hand to present the issues and lead the discussion. Speakers include: Madelyn Wessel, University of Virginia Libraries; Savery Gradoville, Steptoe and Johnson; and Karla Hahn, Association of Research Libraries

Attend a single session or all seminar offerings to take advantage of this opportunity for lively conversation and excellent networking opportunities.

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