The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association and Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California

who will be speaking about

Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy

***Archived webcast***

 

Vancouver

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 9:30 – 11:00am,

UBC, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chapman Learning Commons, Dodson Room (rm. 302)

Register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4359529470

***Doors open at 9:00am for coffee and refreshments prior to the presentation***

BCRLG gratefully acknowledges COPPUL sponsorship for funding live webcast of this talk to registered COPPUL libraries

COPPUL Live webcast registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4493444012

Live webcast instructions will be sent to registrants.

Victoria

Friday, October 5, 2012: 10:00 a.m.

UVic, McPherson Library, Room 210

Register here: http://bit.ly/PfKp9p

***Doors open at 9:30 am for coffee and refreshments prior to the presentation***

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 Abstract: Academic institutions are facing a crisis in scholarly publishing at multiple levels: presses are stressed as never before, library budgets are squeezed, faculty are having difficulty publishing their work, and promotion and tenure committees are facing a range of new ways of working without a clear sense of how to understand and evaluate them. Planned Obsolescence is both a provocation to think more broadly about the academy’s future and an argument for re-conceiving that future in more communally-oriented ways. Facing these issues head-on, Kathleen Fitzpatrick focuses on the technological changes– especially greater utilization of internet publication technologies, including digital archives, social networking tools, and multimedia–necessary to allow academic publishing to thrive into the future. But she goes further, insisting that the key issues that must be addressed are social and institutional in origin. Confronting a change-averse academy, she insists that before we can successfully change the systems through which we disseminate research, scholars must re-evaluate their ways of working–how they research, write, and review–while administrators must reconsider the purposes of publishing and the role it plays within the university. Springing from original research as well as Fitzpatrick’s own hands-on experiments in new modes of scholarly communication through MediaCommons, the digital scholarly network she co-founded, her talk explores all of these aspects of scholarly work, as well as issues surrounding the preservation of digital scholarship and the place of publishing within the structure of the contemporary university.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, and is on leave from a position as Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. She is the author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy , which was published by NYU Press in November 2011; Planned Obsolescence was released in draft form for open peer review in fall 2009. She is also the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press (and of course available in print), and she is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons. She has published articles and notes in journals including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.

For more information about the Lecture series see http://blogs.ubc.ca/bcrlglectures/ or contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Tracie Smith (tracies@uvic.ca), Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca), Lynn Copeland (Lynn.Copeland@unbc.ca)

 

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The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Mike Ridley

Former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph

who will be speaking about

 Bring It On!

Why the Crisis in Academic Librarianship is the Best Thing Ever and What We Should Do About It.

***Archived webcast***

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  Vancouver

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 9:30 – 11:30am,

SFU Vancouver, Room 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street

 RSVP: [link to booking system]

***Doors open at 9:00am for coffee and refreshments prior to the presentation start at 9:30am***

Victoria

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, 9:30 – 12 noon,
University of Victoria, Room 210, McPherson Library

 RSVP: [link to booking system]

***Doors open at 9:30 am for coffee and refreshments prior to the presentation start at 10:00am***

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Abstract: There is a crisis in academic librarianship. Or so we are being told. Frankly, I’m delighted. This is happening not a moment too soon. While there are some significant challenges in our field, the real looming crisis is that we might not grasp the tremendous opportunity before us. It’s time to escape the echo chamber and break out of the filter bubble. Our universities are at a critical stage of transformation. The challenges they face are exactly the issues academic librarians can respond to: learning outcomes, learning objectives, research productivity, self-directed learning, research accountability, critical thinking, technology leadership, and more.

Let’s forego the orthodoxies; let’s call a truce in the turf wars. Instead let’s reaffirm the values that guide us, the expertise we have, and the strategies necessary to lead organizational transformation. There has never been a more exciting time to be an academic librarian.

About the Speaker:

Until January 2012, Mike Ridley was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph. Currently, on sabbatical, he is writing a book on literacy, completing a graduate degree in higher education, editing Access (the magazine of the Ontario Library Association), teaching, and consulting with a number of professional organizations.

He has been a professional librarian since 1979 working at a variety of positions at the University of Guelph, the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University, and the University of Waterloo. In 1995 he returned to the University of Guelph as the Chief Librarian and in 2004 was named the CIO.

Ridley has served as the President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, President of the Ontario Library Association, and Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries. He has been a member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN),and the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) and the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph.

He blogs at MichaelRidley.ca and can be found on Twitter @mridley. Mike is a failed rock star.

For more information about the Lecture series see http://blogs.ubc.ca/bcrlglectures/ or contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Nancy Black (blackn@unbc.ca), Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Tracie Smith (tracies@uvic.ca),

Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca)

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 The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present:

 

Caroline Haythornthwaite

Louise Spiteri

Director, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies

University of British Columbia

 

Director of the School of Information Management

Dalhousie University

Speaking about…

Breathing new life into the profession: LIS education in the 21st Century

***Archived webcast***

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012: 10:00-12:00pm

The Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

 Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3680829460

***Coffee and refreshments will be served prior to the presentation beginning 9:30am***

 Libraries and library roles are undergoing rapid transformation in the 21stcentury. In the face of such enormous change, some libraries are choosing non-library trained professionals to fill key new roles. Others are looking to non-library professional programs to help train library professionals in new roles. While others are demanding library education change immediately to meet the demands for new skill sets required for new library positions. Two innovative esteemed Canadian Library School Directors will speak to the many challenges facing library and information professional programs in preparing library and information professionals for 21st century roles.

About the Speakers:

 Dr. Haythornthwaite is Director of the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies, the iSchool at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to coming to UBC in 2010, Dr. Haythornthwaite was Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2009-10 she was the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London. Dr. Haythornthwaite was among the first to apply social network analysis to the study of online communities and online learning, and she has produced seminal work in these areas. Her research examines how the Internet and computer media support and affect work, learning, and social interaction, with a focus on how information and knowledge is shared through social networks, and collaborative practices are facilitated and extended through information technologies. Her studies have examined social networks of work and media use, the development and nature of community online, distributed knowledge processes, the nature and constraints of interdisciplinary collaboration, and the transformative effects of the Internet and web 2.0 technologies on learning and collaborative practices. She has written extensively on the Internet, online social networks, and online learning (e-learning). Major publications include The Internet in Everyday Life (Blackwell, 2002, with Barry Wellman); Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education: Research and Practice (Lang, 2004, with Michelle M. Kazmer), a special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication on Computer-Mediated Collaborative Practices and Systems (2005), and the Handbook of E-learning Research (Sage, 2007, with Richard Andrews). Her latest book, E-learning Research and Practice (Sage, 2011, co-authored with Richard Andrews) particularly addresses the way learning is changing with the Internet and social media.

Dr. Spiteri is the Director of the School of Information Management (SIM) at Dalhousie University. She received a BA and MA in Canadian History from York University, a MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, and a BEd (History and French) and a PhD (Information Studies) from the University of Toronto. She joined SIM as a faculty member in 1998.  Dr. Spiteri received teaching awards from Wayne State University and Dalhousie University, and has served as the Academic Director of the MLIS program at SIM from May 1st 2009 to June 30th 2010.

Dr. Spiteri teaches in the areas of the organization of information, including records management, cataloguing and classification, and indexing, and conducts research in social discovery systems, classification theory, thesaurus construction, and cataloguing. Dr. Spiteri’s research has been presented at national and international academic and professional conferences.  She was amongst the first scholars to examine the impact of social tagging systems and folksonomies on the integration of user-based language into subject analysis systems.  Dr. Spiteri is conducting seminal and highly-cited research into the potential for social discovery tools to transform the library catalogue into an online, collaborative, and virtual experience of walking through the library’s stacks. Dr. Spiteri is actively involved in several academic, professional, and not-for-profit associations, and sits on the editorial boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals.

For more information about the Lecture series, contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Nancy Black (blackn@unbc.ca), Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Tracie Smith (tracies@uvic.ca), Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca)

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The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present:

“I absolutely love that room – whatever it’s called.”
Student Interpretations of the Library as Place

Amanda Wakaruk, MLIS, MES
Government Documents Librarian

University of Alberta

***Archived webcast***

Vancouver
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
9:30-11:00am
Room 2270, Harbour Centre Building, 515 West Hastings
SFU Vancouver

Victoria
Thursday, March 3, 2011

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Room 210, McPherson Library

University of Victoria

Successful academic libraries are happening places… but what is actually happening in them? This session will examine the social construction of academic libraries as interpreted through the experiences of its users. Amanda’s research, informed by approaches developed in phenomenological psychology and environment-behaviour studies, explores the evolving role of physical libraries, their conception as “place”, and environment-behaviour aspects of the library user experience. Drawing on data gathered through semi-structured interviews, observational seating sweeps, and stories about memorable library experiences, the results of this project will help us consider the future of the library as place.

About the Speaker:

Amanda Wakaruk is the Government Documents Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries. A graduate of SLIS (1999), Amanda returned to the UofA in 2009 after working at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and York University in Toronto, Ontario. Motivated by “end of libraries” rhetoric, she completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies (York, 2009) in an attempt to apply place studies research to the academic library experience.

Vancouver

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
9:30-11:00am
Room 2270, Harbour Centre Building, 515 West Hastings
SFU Vancouver

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Have you considered: What if We Closed the Library?

We are pleased to announce that our next speaker in the BCRLG Lecture Series will be Amanda Wakaruk of the University of Alberta.

Amanda will share her thoughts on this question and more in this presentation of her research findings and current thinking on the Library as Space.  Not to be missed!

Photo credit: The Radical Patron

For a sneak preview of Amanda’s investigations, check out her article published in C&RL News, January 2009.



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Navigating the Internet for Learning Purposes:
Why some novices are more successful than others

Malinda Desjarlais, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Northern British Columbia,
Psychology Department

***Archived webcast ***
BCLA Browser report

Victoria
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
1 pm – 2:30 pm
McPherson Library, Room 210
University of Victoria

Vancouver
Thursday, December 2, 2010
2 pm – 3:30 pm
Room 2270, Saunder Industries Policy Room
SFU Harbour Front Centre

Dr. Desjarlais investigates factors that influence decision-making when novices navigate the Internet for learning and information seeking purposes. In exploring learner and task characteristics she considers prior knowledge, motivation, self-regulatory skills, attentional control, and short-term memory capacity and assesses how these factors act as supports for novices when learning from the Internet. These characteristics are analyzed through pre-and post-testing, interviewing and by tracking learners’ gaze during navigation. The use of an eyetracker has revealed differences in the selection of and attention to information within a webpage, variability in information navigation characteristics, and shifts in navigation strategies. She has extended this research by exploring differences in novices’ Internet navigations related to achievement. Her presentation will be of interest to researchers and practitioners interested in Internet learning, information seeking behavior research, and imposed query searching.

About the Speaker:
Malinda Desjarlais has a PhD in Psychology from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research area is in the field of human development with strong interests in cognitive development.

For more information, contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Nancy E. Black (blackn@unbc.ca ), Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Kat McGrath (kat.mcgrath@ubc.ca),  Tracie Smith (tracies@uvic.ca), Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca)

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The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

G. Sayeed Choudhury

Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and
Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center
Johns Hopkins University

***Archived webcast***
BCLA Browser report

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The Case for Open Data and eScience – Establishing a University Data Management Program at Johns Hopkins

Joint BCRLG/ Open Access Week Keynote Event

Friday, October 22nd, 9:30-11:00am

Dodson Room,
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
-and-
Live Webcast at University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Room UNC 334

Faculty at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) associated with community-wide eScience projects identified data curation as one of the most important repository-related services. In response, Johns Hopkins University established a university data management program and a service model to support data curation as part of an evolving cyberinfrastructure featuring open, modular components. In addition to this technological framework, Johns Hopkins is developing new roles and relationships between the library and the academic community, most notably through the development of “data scientists” or “data humanists.” These developments reflect the realization that the IR is the first step in a longer journey and that for institutional efforts to be successful, they must be integrated into a larger landscape of repositories that serve a distributed and diverse academic community. Sayeed Choudhury will discuss these developments at JHU and how these developments support the case for open data and the longer term vision for data management.

About the Speaker:

G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins, a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources. He is a member of the ICPSR Council, DuraSpace Board and the Digital Library Federation advisory committee.

Choudhury serves as principal investigator for projects funded through the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the awards through NSF’s DataNet program. He has oversight for the digital library activities and services provided by the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. Choudhury has published articles in journals such as the International Journal of Digital Curation, D-Lib, the Journal of Digital Information, First Monday, and Library Trends. He has served on committees for the Digital Curation Conference, Open Repositories, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, and Web-Wise. He has presented at various conferences including Educause, CNI, DLF, ALA, ACRL, and international venues including IFLA, the Kanazawa Information Technology Roundtable and eResearch Australasia.

For more information about the Lecture series  or contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Kat McGrath (kat.mcgrath@ubc.ca), Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca), Tracie Smith (tracies@uvic.ca)

The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

G. Sayeed Choudhury

Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center

Johns Hopkins University

 
who will be speaking about 

The Case for Open Data and eScience – Establishing a University Data Management Program at Johns Hopkins

This event is a joint BCRLG/ Open Access Week Keynote Event

(This event will be live in Vancouver and live webcasted in Victoria, UNBC, UBC Okanagan)

Friday, October 22nd, 9:30-11:00am
Dodson Room,
 Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia and 
Live Webcast at UBC Okanagan, room UNC 334
 

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The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present

Maria Bonn Catherine Mitchell
Associate University Librarian for Publishing Director, Publishing Group,
University Library California Digital Library
University of Michigan University of California

Library as Publisher – Establishing a University Publishing Program

*UPDATE*  Video of UBC presentation available here

Victoria

Thursday, March 18, 2010
10:00a.m. – Noon
Room 210:  Mearns Centre for Learning
University of Victoria

Vancouver

Friday, March 19, 2010
9:30 – 11:30am
Dodson Room:  Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
University of British Columbia

In 2009, the University of Michigan Library announced the formation of MPublishing, the primary academic publishing unit of the University of Michigan, with responsibility for the creation and promotion of scholarly, educational, and regional materials in digital and print formats. MPublishing is a newly formed publishing unit within the University of Michigan Library that includes University of Michigan Press, the Scholarly Publishing Office, Deep Blue (the University’s institutional repository), and the Copyright Office. Its goal is to align the existing and future publishing activities of the Library with the core strengths and information needs of the University while providing a wide range of audiences outside the University with efficient, economical access to some of the best scholarship in the world. Maria Bonn will discuss the genesis, operations, and ongoing challenges of running MPublishing:

Last year, the University of California Press and the California Digital Library (CDL) announced University of California Publishing Services (UCPubS), a joint program intended to respond to publishing needs within UC. UCPubS brings the complementary services of the press and the library together to offer a rich suite of open-access digital and print publishing tools to the UC system centers, institutes, and departments that produce scholarly books. Catherine Mitchell will review the progress of this program, including the motivations behind this library-press collaboration, the specific services UCPubS provides as an extension of the eScholarship publishing platform, outreach efforts across the campuses, the challenges encountered so far, and how other presses and libraries can build on this experience.

About the Speakers:

Maria Bonn is Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University of Michigan University Library, where she is responsible for developing and coordinating the publishing program and services of the University Library, including the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office. Maria has a PhD in English Literature from the State University of NY at Buffalo, and a Masters of Information from The University of Michigan School of Information.

Catherine Mitchell is Director, Publishing Group, California Digital Library (CDL) where she is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning and development of CDL’s Publishing Services. In addition to developing and supporting the eScholarship publishing and IR platform, CDL’s Publishing Group offers joint publishing services to the UC community in conjunction with the University of California Press. All of these services represent UC’s broader effort to ensure a sustainable scholarly publishing system in the service of research and teaching. Catherine has a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley

For more information contact BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators:

Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Kat McGrath (kat.mcgrath@ubc.ca), Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca), Katy Nelson (katnel@uvic.ca), Tracie Smith (tracies@uvic.ca)

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*UPDATE*  Video of Karen Williams’ presentation >here<.

Karen Williams

Subject Librarian 2.0: Preparing Liaison Librarians for 21st Century Academic Environments

Karen Williams will be speaking about how the University of Minnesota Libraries has begun the process of redefining liaison librarian roles to better prepare subject librarians for 21st century academic environments. She will outline emerging roles, discuss the skills needed to fulfill those roles, and showcase University of Minnesota’s approach to transitioning liaison roles that better reflects current research environments and anticipates future academic environments.

Vancouver

Friday, September 18, 2009, 9:30am – 10:30am
Simon Fraser University Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Canfor Room
(Room 1600)

Victoria

Monday, September 21, 2009, 8:30am – 9:30am*
University of Victoria, University Club, Salal and Snowberry rooms

Karen Williams is Associate University Librarian for Academic Programs at the University of Minnesota, a position she has held since late 2004. Prior to that, she spent 22 years at the University of Arizona Library in a variety of positions, including subject liaison to several departments. She led the development of new liaison position descriptions at Minnesota, which include roles in scholarly communication, information literacy integration, and digital tool development

BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators: Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Kat McGrath (kat.mcgrath@ubc.ca), Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca), Heather de Forest (hdefores@sfu.ca) or Katy Nelson (katnel@uvic.ca)

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*UPDATE* PowerPoint presentation now available >here<

Karla Hahn, PhD.

Field Study Findings on Faculty & Researcher Use of New Models of Scholarly Publishing & Communication

Vancouver

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room (Rm. 302) University of British Columbia

Victoria

Friday, March 6, 2009, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

University of Victoria, Mearns Centre for Learning, Room 210

In the Spring of 2008, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) engaged Ithaka, a not-for-profit organization promoting innovation in academia, to conduct an investigation into the range of new models of scholarly publishing and communication valued by scholars, with a particular focus on those works that are pushing beyond the boundaries of traditional formats and are considered innovative by the faculty who use them. A field team of 301 librarians at 46 institutions interviewed professors about the digital resources they use.  Among the key findings and works Karla Hahn, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL, will describe include:

  • Evidence that innovative digital resources can be found across the humanities, social sciences, and scientific/technical/medical subject areas.
  • Almost every resource cited by faculty operates under some form of peer review or editorial oversight.
  • Some the resources with greatest impact are those that have been around a long while.
  • Many digital publications are capable of running on relatively small budgets and are tailored to small, niche audiences.
  • Innovations relating to multimedia content and Web 2.0 functionality appear in some cases to blur the lines between resource types.
  • Projects of all sizes, especially open access sites and publications, employ a range of support strategies in the search for financial sustainability.

The findings were published in November 2008 and titled: Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries:” http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/current-models-report.pdf

About the Speaker:

Karla Hahn has been the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication at ARL since May 2005. Key areas of activity for the office include the assessment and implementation of selected new scholarly communication models; the development of alliances to advance new systems of scholarly communication; and advancement of library outreach efforts to inform the educational and research communities on trends, findings, opportunities, and their impact on promotion and tenure, on teaching and research, and on university budgets. Karla holds a PhD from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, an MLS from Syracuse University, an MS from the University of Chicago, and a BS from Wittenberg University. Her writings include Electronic Ecology: A Case Study of Electronic Journals in Context and numerous articles on issues relating to publishing and electronic communication

BCLRG Lecture Series Coordinators: Joy Kirchner (joy.kirchner@ubc.ca), Kat McGrath (kat.mcgrath@ubc.ca), Don Taylor (dtaylor@sfu.ca), Heather de Forest (hdefores@sfu.ca) or Katy Nelson (katnel@uvic.ca)

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