SPARC and ACRL Announce Speakers for 2014 Forum in Las Vegas, NV

Please join SPARC and ACRL for a joint forum during the ALA Annual Conference on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 3:00-4:30pm on the topic of “Evaluating the Quality of Open Access Content.” The program will take place at Bally’s Las Vegas – Skyview 5.

Our community has worked hard to make a growing number of resources open, from journal articles, to textbooks, to datasets. While this has resulted in a robust body of open content, one question that commonly arises is “How do I determine the quality of this content?”

New strategies for assessing the quality of open content are emerging from different quarters. These strategies range from new methods of peer review, such as open peer-review or post publication peer-review; new methods of measuring impact, such as alternative metrics; and new forms of annotation, such as data set annotation and open comments on publications.

This forum will explore the challenges and opportunities of evaluating open content, across disciplines and across resources types, while identifying promising pathways to identify and use quality open content.

We are pleased to announce our featured speakers:

  • Brian Bot, Senior Scientist, sage Bionetworks
  • Korey Jackson, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University
  • Kristen Ratan, Chief Publications and Products Officer, Public Library of Science

The forum will also include ample time for discussion with the audience – SPARC and ACRL look forward to seeing you there!