March 28, 2017 – The 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing will be held in Boston, Mass. from May 31 to June 2, 2017. Registration for the meeting is now open. If you’re on the fence about attending or thing your organization might have reservations, here are some helpful tips for convincing your boss to approve the trip!
- Create a budget and detail your proposed travel expenses
A special room rate of $279 is available at the conference hotel for attendees before April 29, 2017. Also worth noting that the registration fee includes breakfast and lunch each day of the conference.
- Offer to seek out information
What can your company gain by sending you to the meeting? Could you meet with vendors in the exhibit hall and gather information about new products? Could you bring back market knowledge by attending the event’s roundtables with librarians, researchers, and administrators? What could you learn by reaching out to an attendee in a role similar to yours at another organization?
- Share the wealth
When you get back from the trip, you could share your takeaways from the conference over lunch with colleagues or at a staff meeting. You might also take detailed notes and distribute them.
- Present information about the sessions you hope to attend
The theme of year’s conference is Striking a Balance: Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition in Scholarly Communications and an excellent program has been built around it. Tracks include Technology, product strategy, research and scholarship, practical skills, and industry challenges. Researcher Paula Stephan and Jeffrey Mervis, a senior correspondent at Science magazine, will be the keynote speakers. Full session descriptions and speaker information are available online now.
If Boston just isn’t in the cards this year, we hope you’ll consider attending next year’s meeting, or one of the many webinars, seminars, and regional events held throughout the year.