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2016 SSP Librarian Focus Group – Washington, DC

February 2, 2016
American Geophysical Union
2000 Florida Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Twitter Hashtag: #SSPLFG16

SSP 2016 Librarian Focus Group: “Provoking Thoughts: The end of Libraries and Publishers as we know it”

Join SSP for a newly refreshed 2016 Librarian Focus Group. This year’s theme is “Provoking Thoughts: The end of Libraries and Publishers as we know it.” Featuring a new format and broader array and representation of speakers, the newly designed theme and format are meant to facilitate greater conversation between the audience and panel and amongst our guest speakers.

9am-12pm: The End of Libraries: Opening Remarks and “Hot-Topic” Breakouts

The morning will commence with panelist “Opening Remarks”, each commenting on how the future developments in the scholcomm space could end libraries (and publishers) as we know them. These intentionally provocative remarks will set the stage for morning break out groups themed along five distinct areas:

  • Data Management
  • Metrics
  • Repositories/Gov Mandates/Open Access
  • The Library’s Relationship to Administration
  • Disruptive Technologies (these topics are tentative and will be finalized in the coming months)

Each table will feature one panelist, and each group will be moderated by an SSP member to facilitate discussion amongst the roundtable participants and the panelist. Roundtable members will drive the conversation and then report back on their major conclusions/arguments/discussions/recommendations with the broader group, closing the morning with a group discussion featuring all attendees and panelists.


  • Stacy Konkiel of Indiana-Bloomington, ImpactStory, and Altmetric
  • Dr. Ellen Granberg, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Clemson University
  • Margaret Henderson, Director Research Data Management, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Rebecca Kennison, Co-Principal, K|N Consultants, former Director at Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarly
  • Mike Roy, Dean of Library and Information Services, Middlebury College

(Includes networking lunch 12-1pm)

1pm-4pm: The End of Publishers: Agent Provocateur Lightning Talks

The afternoon will feature three thought leaders representing services, products, or organizations “disruptive” to the existing scholcomm ecosystem. They will each make the case that their service/product/organization signals the end of publishing as we know it.

Provocatuers are limited to 7 minutes and are allowed no more than 1 slide to discuss the product/service/organization they represent. These are not sales pitches but rather intentionally provoking lightning talks. Moderators will then facilitate a discussion amongst the provocateur, panelists, and audience around each topic.


  • Dr. Mark Hahnel, Founder of figShare
  • Dr. William Gunn, Head of Academic Outreach, Mendeley
  • Representative from SHARE, Rebecca Kennison

The panel is moderated by Sara Rouhi, Product Sales Manager, Altmetric LLP and member of the SSP Education Committee