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SPEC Survey Webcast on Libraries, Presses, and Publishing

spec-kit-357-coverThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of free webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2017.

The next webcast in this series will cover the Libraries, Presses, and Publishing survey (SPEC Kit 357), which explores the variety of activities that are associated with library publishing, the level of library/publishing/press integration and collaboration with or creation of formal publishing/press operations, and the organizational structuring of these activities and programs. This study gathered information on the breadth of practice taking place at the intersection of research libraries, presses, and publishing, and on the blurring of boundaries as libraries engage in publishing and press activities in new ways.

The webcast will review survey findings reported by ARL member libraries in July 2017. The survey authors will:

  • provide a snapshot of publishing activities undertaken by ARL member libraries;
  • show a sample of exemplary services and resources; and
  • review recommendations and advice from respondents.

The webcast will also include a discussion of promising trends and conclude with a question-and-answer session. Read the freely available SPEC Kit 357 in advance and have your questions ready.

Webcast Details and Registration

Title: Libraries, Presses, and Publishing 

Presenters: Laurie N. Taylor, Digital Scholarship Librarian; Brian W. Keith, Associate Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs; and Chelsea Dinsmore, Director of Digital Production Services, all at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida; and Meredith Morris-Babb, Director and CEO of the University Press of Florida

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Time: 1:00–1:45 p.m. eastern standard time

Cost: Free for all

Registration: Register online through December 6


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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