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Future of the Research Library Speaker Series

Presented by the University of Maryland Libraries, the lecture series explores the role of a modern research library in a rapidly changing environment.  Invited speakers will inform, provoke, and otherwise engage our thinking in different and innovative ways.  These free events are open to all members of the campus community and the general public.

Upcoming Event

The Evolution of Open Access: What Might Happen Next

Thursday, April 10, 2014

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Presenter: Heather Joseph, SPARC Executive Director 

McKeldin Library Special Events Room 6137 

As Open Access becomes established as a permanent fixture in the scholarly communication area, the challenges and opportunities presented by the Open environment increase in scale and complexity. This talk will examine some of the key trends pointing towards additional opportunities for large-scale change in not only how we access and use scholarly research outputs - but also how they are disseminated, curated and evaluated.

About the presenter:

Heather Joseph photoHeather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international coalition of academic and research libraries working to expand the global, cost-effective digital communication of research results.  As SPARC’s Director since 2005, Ms. Joseph leads the strategic and operational activities of the organization, and has focused SPARC’s efforts on supporting emerging publishing models, enabling digital archives, and establishing open access policies on the national and international levels.

Prior to joining SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She was the founder BioOne, a collaborative publishing organization designed to keep non-profit publishers operating independently. Ms. Joseph is also the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a national coalition that advocates for public access to the results of federally funded research.

Ms. Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLoS), DuraSpace, and ImpactStory, She is an active participant in committees at U.S. federal science agencies, including the NIH, The Department of Energy, and the National Academies of Science. She is a frequent speaker and writer on scholarly communications in general, and on open access in particular.