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2012 SSP Librarian Focus Group

January 31, 2012, The American Geophysical Union (AGU), Washington, DC

Join us for the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s ever popular “Librarian Focus Group.” The 2012 meeting features a panel of leading librarians, with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, primed and ready to answer the questions of publishers and industry vendors.

The digital future and managing the continued economic turmoil will be at the forefront of the discussion along with a range of other topics, including trends in pricing and licensing, the challenges of electronic resource management and preservation, the state of “open access,” and how libraries are using mobile devices and apps.

As books reach the digital tipping point and electronic journals continue to add more functionality, far-reaching decisions are being made by librarians in regard to their collections. The first “all electronic” libraries are becoming a reality and more efficient exchange mechanisms are developing to reduce duplication of collections. With double-digit cuts in library budgets inevitable over the next few years, librarians are becoming increasingly radical in their reactions to price rises. Necessity is truly the mother of invention, and surprising new initiatives are being planned and executed within academic libraries – initiatives that publishers need to be aware of.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Rosa Liu, Manager, Research Library & Information Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Monica McCormick, Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing, New York University
  • Valerie Ryder, President, Philadelphia SLA Chapter; Director of Information Strategy, Wolper Subscription Services
  • Pam Snelson, College Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College; past President, ACRL
  • Beth Ten Have, Head of Information Services and Director of Library Academic Partnerships, Drexel University

Space is limited and this program has historically been a sell-out, so don’t delay in securing your seat.

The event takes place in Washington D.C. on the day before the Association of American Publishers’ PSP 2011 Annual Conference begins.


  • Allyson Mower (University of Utah, Marriott Library)
  • Helen Atkins (American Association for Cancer Research)
  • Marian Hollingsworth (Thomson Reuters)
  • Rich Dodenhoff (American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics)