Early bird registration deadline is September 15, 2008

Washington, DC – September 11, 2008 – SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing  
and Academic Resources Coalition) has announced a prominent slate of  
speakers for the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 in Baltimore  
on November 17 and 18. The gathering, organized by SPARC in  
cooperation with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan (a Japan National  
Informatics Institute initiative), will examine how open online  
archives may be enhanced to further serve scholars, institutions, and  
the public.

Leaders, innovators, and practitioners from North America, Europe, and  
Asia will explore new frontiers in building and supporting online open  
archives. Four timely discussion tracks bring together speakers with  
far-reaching experience:

New Horizons (Monday, November 17, morning)

Speakers: Norbert Lossau (Director, Goettingen State and University  
Library and a leader of Europe’s DRIVER Project, Germany), Jennifer  
Campbell-Meier (Doctoral Student, Communication and Information  
Sciences, University of Hawaii, USA), Shawn Martin (Scholarly  
Communication Librarian, University of Pennsylvania, USA).

Developing Value-Added Services (Monday, November 17, afternoon)

Speakers: Sayeed Chodhury (Associate Dean for Library Digital  
Programs, Johns Hopkins University, USA), Joan Giesecke (Dean of  
Libraries) and Paul Royster (Coordinator of Scholarly Communications,  
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA), Hideki UCHIJIMA (Librarian,  
Kanazawa University Library, Japan).

The Policy Environment (Tuesday, November 18, morning)

Speakers: Bernard Rentier (Rector, University of Liège, Belgium), Syun  
Tutiya (Professor of Cognitive and Information Sciences, Chiba  
University, Japan), Bonnie Klein (Information Collection and Copyright  
Specialist, Defense Technical Information Center, USA).

Campus Publishing Strategies (Tuesday, November 18, morning)

Speakers: Rea Devakos (T-Space Service Coordinator, University of  
Toronto, Canada), Catherine Mitchell (Director, eScholarship  
Publishing Group, California Digital Library, USA), Teresa Fishel  
(Library Director) and Janet Sietmann (DigitalCommons Project Manager,  
Macalester College, USA).

Filling out the extensive program will be a marketing practicum for  
repository advocates, an innovation fair, and keynote talks by John  
Wilbanks, Vice President for Science at Creative Commons and director  
of the Science Commons program; Bob Witeck, CEO and co-founder of  
Witeck-Combs Communications, a renowned marketing communications and  
public relations agency in Washington, DC; and David Shulenburger,  
Vice President for Academic Affairs at the National Association of  
State University and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

For program detail, see the conference Web site at 

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 is supported by major  
contributions from Microsoft (Conference Sponsor); Berkeley Electronic  
Press, BioMed Central, and EPrints, (Coffee Break Sponsors); and by  
additional contributions from: Association of College and Research  
Libraries (ACRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), CRKN  
(Canadian Research Knowledge Network), DSpace Foundation, Fedora  
Commons, Greater Western Library Alliance, HP, the Japanese  
Coordinating Committee for University Libraries, JISC, and NISO.

This meeting is a follow up to SPARC’s popular 2004 institutional  
repositories conference, which drew hundreds of participants from  
around the globe and set the stage for some of the key developments in  
open access of the past four years.

To register for the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008, visit the  
conference Web site at Early Bird  
Registration is available only until midnight on Monday, September 15.



SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with  
SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more  
than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open  
system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and  
publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of  
research. SPARC is on the Web at

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting program has been developed by  
the members of the 2008 Program Committee: Jun Adachi (SPARC Japan),  
Raym Crow (SPARC), Richard Fyffe (Grinnell College), Susan Gibbons  
(University of Rochester), Melissa Hagemann (Open Society Institute),  
Karla Hahn (Association of Research Libraries), Bill Hubbard (SHERPA),  
Rick Johnson (SPARC), Michelle Kimpton (DSpace Foundation), Norbert  
Lossau (Goettingen State and University Library and DRIVER), Joyce  
Ogburn (University of Utah), Terry Owen (University of Maryland,  
College Park), Kathleen Shearer (Canadian Association of Research  
Libraries), Alma Swan (Key Perspectives Ltd.), Sean Thomas  
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Susan Veldsman (eIFL), and  
Charles Watkinson (The American School of Classical Studies at Athens).

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Communications
(The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)
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November 17  18, 2008 | Baltimore, MD
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