A string of regional events hosted by the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) kick off next week with a ‘User Experience’ panel discussion in Boston, MA at the offices of the American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon St., on November 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Additional events are scheduled for Philadelphia, PA. on December 7 and December 8 in Durham, NC.
Registration for the Boston event is open now. The event will explore the important and evolving topic of user experience (UX). The discussion will be moderated by William Albert, Executive Director, Bentley University User Experience Center. Albert will be joined by UX professionals Amy Deschenes, Harvard University; Kate Lawrence, EBSCO; and Chris LaRoche, MIT. These experts will provide attendees with information on the fundamental principles of UX and the importance of gaining insight into user behavior, conducting usability studies, and creating a good user experience. Discussion will also cover web accessibility, differing platforms, and varied stakeholders-and how these elements connect to the digital publishing and library industries, among others.
In December, the SSP roadshow hits Philadelphia with a panel discussion titled “Open Access in Education: Open Educational Resources (OERs) and the Open Syllabus Project in the Context of Scholarly Publishing”. The event will be hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), 615 Chestnut St. and run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (register here). The discussion will be moderated by Rebecca Kennison, K|N Consultants, who will be accompanied by speakers including Joe Lucia, Dean of Libraries, Temple University; Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services, Temple University; Mary Rose Muccie, Executive Director, Temple University Press; and Joe Karaganis, Project Director, Open Syllabus Project, Columbia University.
This regional event will look at two areas in education that illustrate this shifting landscape: Open Educational Resources (OERs) and the Open Syllabus Project (OSP). As the Open Access (OA) movement continues to accelerate, it is also broadening in scope. This event will look at OA in the context of scholarly communication and scholarly publication and how it is moving beyond journals, monographs, and data to encompass additional varieties of content tied to higher education and scholarship. How can open strategies support education in the most effective way possible? What are OERs and who is publishing them (or thinking about publishing them)? What are the opportunities, challenges, and risks posed by these resources? What is the goal of the OSP? How is the OSP working with publishers already and what are future plans? And how can these initiatives offer new perspectives on publishing, learning, scholarship, and research? This panel brings together representatives from Temple University and The American Assembly at Columbia University to lead a discussion about these questions and opportunities in developing and linking OERs and OSP at local campuses and beyond.
The final regional event of the year will follow on December 8 in Durham where a panel discussion titled “Fostering Innovation in Scholarly Communication” and hosted at the Research Square offices, 601 West Main St., Suite 102. Registration for the event is now open.
Speakers at this presentation will share their experiences nurturing innovation within their organizations and within the larger scholarly communications field. Featured on the panel are Paolo Mangiafico, Coordinator of Scholarly Communications Technologies at Duke University, Meredith Morovati, Executive Director of Dryad Digital Repository; and Deric Corlew, Vice President of Business Development at Research Square. The event will be followed by networking.