32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
The Value Chain of Scholarly Communication: Discoverability Issues and Collaboration Opportunities

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The lifecycle of scholarly works from author to researcher is supported by many points of cross-sector collaboration across the academic publishing industry. This ‘value chain’ - made up of publishers, technical vendors, and librarians, among many others - is a vital factor in the research workflow. Recently, questions around open access and online self-publishing have called this value into question - often by those who are not aware of the intricate steps and global teamwork involved in bringing a completed manuscript to fruition and ensuring it is readily accessible by other scholars. The objective of this session is to explore the “value-added” contributions of publishers, vendors and librarians and ways to collaborate on lasting improvements to the discovery of research and scholarship.

This session aims to provide an overview of typical steps taken by members of the scholarly value chain to shepherd a research manuscript through its lifecycle, from dissemination to the point of access. By demonstrating this process, we aim to inspire conversation about opportunities for improvements, especially in our work to ensure that research is highly discoverable by global academics. We will begin with a published journal article and its pathway through the academic network to the eyes of a reader, highlighting the links in the chain along the way. We will then use an online voting tool for audience participation to vote on which links need to be stronger and where the opportunities are for improvement. The panel will be prepared to engage participants in conversations and inspire cooperative action to enhance scholars’ capacity to locate relevant content in the scholarly corpus.

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Peter Brantley

Director of Online Strategy, UC Davis
Peter Brantley (@naypinya) is Director of Online Strategy for the University of California Davis Library. Previously, I was the Director of Digital Development at New York Public Library, and the Director of Scholarly Communication at the open source not-for-profit, Hypothes.is. Currently... Read More →
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Barbara Chen

Director, BIS, Modern Language Association
Barbara Chen is Director of Bibliographic Information Services and Editor of the MLA International Bibliography at the Modern Language Association. With a focus on literature, language, linguistics, film, pedagogy and folklore, the Bibliography is the most comprehensive research... Read More →
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John Law

Vice President of Discovery Solutions, Serials Solutions
As vice president of discovery solutions, John Law leads a dynamic team that builds information solutions aimed at getting librarians and end-users to their information "discovery moment" effortlessly. John was the visionary and development leader behind the ground-breaking Summon... Read More →
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Karen Phillips

SVP, Global Learning Resources and UK Editorial, SAGE Publishing
Karen joined SAGE Publishing in 1984 and has held several roles in marketing and editorial in over 30 years. Karen became Editorial Director in 2010, leading SAGE’s UK books, journals and online product teams. Karen became Senior Vice President of Global Learning Resources in June... Read More →
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Mary Somerville

University Librarian, University of Colorado Denver
Mary M. Somerville is University Librarian and Library Director at the Auraria Library, which serves the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. Her research publications and presentations explore cross-sector collaboration... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2012 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Francis Marion Carolina Ballroom 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403