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05.08.2019 | SSP News & Releases

SSP Pre-Meeting Seminars Promise to Be Lively, Interactive, and Practical

Seminar #1: Charleston Trendspotting Initiative: Forecasting Changes on the Horizon of Scholarly Communication (8:30–11:30 AM).

This pre-meeting seminar was designed with breadth in mind, meaning librarians, vendors, publishers, consultants, professionals of all career stages, and anyone else working in or adjacent to scholarly publishing are all welcome. The seminar will open with a trend development activity designed to engage attendees in identifying critical and emerging issues impacting the scholarly communication ecosystem. Next, the group will compare and contrast these trends and issues to a list generated in a similar session at the 2018 Charleston Conference to examine the similarities and differences.

Interactivity will be a key part of this seminar, and the most important speakers are the people who sign up to attend. To coordinate the small group discussions, a variety of facilitators have been assembled, including librarians (Jason Price from SCELC and Courtney McAllister from Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University), vendors and publishers who work closely with authors, researches, libraries, and each other (Jennifer Maurer, Cambridge University Press and Nicola Poser, Redlink), and researchers from Ithaka S+R (Danielle Cooper and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg).

In the midst of a changing industry, participants will be enabled to take a step back and view our space from different perspectives, to learn from others, to connect more dots. The organizers hope that all who attend will leave with new perspectives and new ideas about the forces that shape our space, including practical responses from other stakeholders. In particular, that we might focus more on creating preferred futures rather than feeling like the future is happening to them.

Click here to register for this seminar.


Seminar #2: Fact or Fiction? OASPA Lifts the Lid on Open Access Publishing (8:30–11:30 AM).

In this seminar from the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), participants will deepen their understanding of how open access publishing is approached by many different parties and tackle some enduring areas of concern and confusion around open access.  

This interactive seminar, chaired by Pete Binfield (PeerJ) and co-facilitated by OASPA members Stephanie Orphan (Portico), Bekah Darksmith (PLOS) and Caroline Sutton (Taylor & Francis) will cover global trends and views in open access publishing. The group will discuss perceptions of OA publishing and consider the facts behind them, examine different funding and business models, and have the opportunity to share their own experiences within open access publishing and wider issues in open research. 

Of interest to all stakeholders in scholarly communication, this session will ultimately delve beneath aspects of open access that are commonly misunderstood or subject to opinion-led debates, and separate the myths from the reality, in a lively, inclusive and interactive way.

Reflecting OASPA’s own diverse makeup, the seminar will be of interest to a broad range of stakeholders, including publishers, librarians, researchers, policymakers and funders who would like to learn more about open access.

Click here to register for this seminar.


Seminar #3. Open Source Bazaar: Owned by the Community, Ensuring Independent, Open Infrastructure in the Age of Acquisitions (8:30–11:30 AM).

With critical infrastructure like hosting platforms and manuscript submissions systems being acquired by large commercial publishers, smaller and society publishers wonder what other curve balls the future will bring. Will end-to-end workflow solutions lock them in? Or will such monopolies lock them out from participation?

Community owned infrastructure can be an answer. More and more open source collaborations are maturing and entering the ecosystem. Other initiatives are emerging as service partners to help small players who lack technical resources or who simply aren’t interested in running a solution themselves. This informational and interactive session seeks to bring community owned and governed initiatives together with those exploring future alternatives to infrastructure consolidation.

Moderated by Kristen Ratan, co-founder of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation,  and Dan Whaley, CEO of Hypothesis, the session features an engaging set of speakers, including: Brian Hole, Founder and CEO, Ubiquity; Alison O’Connell, Director of Community Development, Coko; Andrew Smeall, Chief Digital Officer, Hindawi; Jason Colman, Senior Associate Librarian and Director of Publishing Services, Michigan Publishing, and Paul Shannon, Head of Technology, eLife.

Click here to register for this seminar.


Seminar #4: Journals Management Workshop:  Whiteboards to Editorial Boards, and Everything in Between (8:30–11:30 AM).

The popular Journals Management Workshop is back. This participant-driven seminar will examine the many ways of managing journals.

Moderator Patti Davis, Senior Publisher, North America at Emerald Group Publishing, and speakers Jeremy Nielsen, Director, Journal Business and Operations at the Radiological Society of North America and Marian Hollingsworth, Director, Publisher Relations at Clarivate Analytics will lead discussions with participants about how they have dealt or would deal with particular situations, discussing topics such as understanding vendors, open access at the society level, editorial perspectives and researcher behaviors and how they can impact day-to-day activities. Marian Hollingsworth will also lead a discussion on impact criteria and the Journal Impact Factor indicator.

Participants from all varieties of organizations and roles will find the session relatable, whether they are small publishers, societies, associations, university presses or commercial publishers.

Click here to register for this seminar.


Seminar #5: Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions at Work (12:30–3:30 PM).

Wednesday’s afternoon seminar is focused on microaggressions, which are brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages, whether intentional or unintentional, to certain individuals because of their group membership.

Moderator Joseph M. Williams, Ph.D., NCC, Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Virginia, noted, ““Microaggressions are one outgrowth of implicit bias. The recently popularity of the concept has aggravated some who think “microaggressions” simply describe situations in which people, such as the anonymously authors of the post On Being Excluded: Testimonies by People of Color…, are being too sensitive or misreading the actions/comments of others.

Participants can expect lively dialogue and interactive exercises that will help them learn how to identify microaggressions, understand the harmful impact of microaggressions, and discuss and practice strategies for responding to microaggressions at work and in everyday situations.”

Click here to register for this seminar.


Event preview reported by Josh Lancette, Stephanie Orphan, Elizabeth Ralls, and Nicola Poser.

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