2021 schedule to be announced.
RECORDINGS OF PAST SESSIONS
Curtis Michelson and Gary Price would like to share a variety of new “open web” resources as well as update some of the resources they shared in the 2018 and 2019 editions of this Charleston Conference session. Attendees will leave with a list of resources to demo on their own and share with colleagues.
As open access has gained momentum and discussions surrounding open research have accelerated in the wake of the pandemic, conversations about business models have become more nuanced and complex. Much of the focus on cost versus value over the course of the last 20 years has been on the resources that consume the largest portion of collections budgets: STEM journals from large commercial publishers that are packaged in big deals. New models for OA academic books have emerged, offering a diversity of approaches at a small scale. Crowdsourcing models, like Knowledge Unlatched, have been supported on the library side. TOME (Towards and Open Monographs Ecosystem) has helped authors in the humanities and social sciences find pathways to publish their first books open access at participating university presses. Presses and libraries have also created funds, from collections budgets or OA fundraising, to support expanded OA publishing. So far, none of these models comprehensively solves the central problem for the monograph: that market-based models no longer support their publication, while studies continue to show that the long-form book remains at the center of scholarship in many disciplines. Subscribe to Open (S2O) has emerged as an alternate pathway for OA journals that does not rely on transformative agreements or APCs, but what could collective action for OA monographs look like? How could university presses, in particular, come together with libraries to identify and pursue ways to truly support mission driven publishing for valuable scholarship that works around a standard market driven model? Is this time of crisis the moment for collaboration to propel change?
A Follow-Up Interview with Yewno’s COO Ruth Pickering. Artificial Intelligence or “AI”, is a broad field encompassing a range of applications for multitudes of disciplines and industries. Earlier this year, the Charleston Library Conference addressed the topic of AI in Scholarly Research with leading AI provider Yewno, in a three part webinar series. We covered a wide variety of subjects including various definitions of AI, the place of AI in the Library, AI for scholarly publishing, and the democratization of information access.
This final webcast will cover some highlights from the AI in Scholarly Research series, go deeper on the subject of Knowledge Graphs, and answer some of the outstanding questions that our past participants have posed.
The mission of the Directory of Open Access Journals is “to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language. [www.doaj.org/about#aimscope].” To achieve an important part of that mission DOAJ engages more than 20 “DOAJ Ambassadors” and almost one hundred volunteer editors carefully chosen from researchers, educators, and librarians around the world. This session will describe how this process of selecting and managing these volunteers is carried out at DOAJ. Attendees will learn what criteria are applied to accept peer-reviewed Open Access journals into DOAJ, as well as the additional criteria by which a journal can obtain the “DOAJ Seal.” Since alignment with the interests of libraries and universities is one of the core principles for DOAJ, seeing how DOAJ reaches out, recruits, and manages volunteers from the academic community reveals one of the ways in which alignment of DOAJ with the interests of libraries is carried out in practice.
Artificial Intelligence in Scholarly Research, Part 3
AI in the Academic Publishing Ecosystem
Join us for a conversation between Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder and COO at Yewno, and James W. Weis, a researcher in the MIT Media Lab, the founder and lead of the MIT Network Intelligence Program, and a doctoral candidate in the MIT Computational and Systems Biology program, on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) in the academic publishing ecosystem.
Artificial Intelligence in Scholarly Research, Part 2
AI in the Research Library Environment
Join us for a conversation between Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder and COO at Yewno, and Michael Keller, University Librarian & Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University, on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) in the research library environment.
Artificial Intelligence in Scholarly Research: Part 1
Artificial Intelligence versus Intelligent Augmentation
Join us for a conversation between Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder and COO at Yewno, and Daniel Hook, CEO of Digital Science, on the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) versus intelligent augmentation (IA) in scholarly publishing.
Cambridge Journals Digital Archive, from 1770 to 2018: Learn why and how this vital resource came to be, and how relevant its content remains
Sponsored by Cambridge University Press
With over 1.2 million articles in over 450 journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, the Cambridge Journals Digital Archive has long been a trusted resource for thousands of libraries worldwide. Why and how was this collection put together? What purpose does the publisher serve in digitizing, curating, and maintaining periodical content dating back centuries? Listen to journal publishers discuss how the availability of archival content impacts current research, and how that content remains highly relevant today.
Here Comes The Data
Offered jointly with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
Scholarly publications are becoming just as valued for their data as for their conclusions–data that must be curated and corroborated by processes very new to peer review and publication workflows. These challenges bring new opportunities and new costs to the scholarly publishing ecosystem. Join us for a discussion of changing roles and expectations in the Data Publication Epoch. What new outcomes do funders expect from publishers as they increase their influence in publishing? How are libraries preparing authors to make their research data available? How are publishers and repositories managing the changes to the publishing workflow?
Stephanie Kaceli, Library Director at Cairn University, will share Cairn’s involvement and testing with Innovative’s new library platform, Inspire Discovery. Then Martha Rice Sanders, Senior Consultant at Innovative, will dig into the choice to use BIBFRAME instead of MARC data to drive Inspire and what that means for libraries in the future. Sponsored by Innovative.
Researchers often spend years gathering initial data, discussing their observations, and presenting preliminary findings at conferences before eventually sharing their work in a journal article. This entire process takes place offline, hidden within the walls of universities or conference halls. Without knowing what’s happening in research right now due to long publishing processes, researchers may be unaware they’re working on the same topics as others or using outdated findings as the foundation of their research, dramatically slowing down progress in science. What’s more, the early-stage research that is shared is often communicated in a convoluted and poorly-designed format, reducing the impact and accessibility of important findings.
This webinar focuses on the hurdles and opportunities in the early-stage research environment. Discover the tools that can promote the dissemination of grey literature and learn how you can support researchers in improving the format and design of their conference posters. Sami Benchekroun, Managing Director of Morressier, Mike Morisson, UX designer and work psychology researcher, and Jaap van Netten, human movement scientist, will be on board to answer your questions and shine a light on a traditionally underserved area of research.
Join Emily Hockley (Commissioning Editor) and Rachel Brook (Marketing Executive) for a discussion of the conception and development of the digital platform, Cambridge Shakespeare. Emily and Rachel will discuss how the product was conceived and brought to fruition, as well as the challenges and opportunities such a major digital enterprise presents. Sponsored by Cambridge University Press.
Few books and journals are published in a properly accessible form. For most people with print disabilities, special versions of those books and journal articles need to be created, often at great effort and expense by the Disability Services Offices at educational institutions or other post-publication service providers.
This is especially regrettable because modern standards of accessibility employ file formats and standards that publishers and their partners already use routinely–primarily EPUB and HTML, along with Web Accessibility standards like WCAG and ARIA. Today, standard editorial and production workflows already provide files that meet many accessibility requirements and can incorporate features often omitted, such as the creation of proper image descriptions.
In this webinar, Bill Kasdorf will provide an overview of today’s accessibility standards as well as widely available tools and services that make it easier for publishers to make their publications born accessible. Then Jon McGlone and Jillian Downey from Michigan Publishing will describe how the University of Michigan Press has incorporated accessibility into the systems and workflows used to produce and disseminate scholarly books. They will discuss the technical issues that needed to be addressed, the solutions they’ve employed, and the workflow and cultural changes involved, providing a real-world example of a scholarly press working to get accessibility right from the start.
Sustainable Publishing for Digital Scholarship in the Humanities
Sponsored by Michigan Publishing
Recent research has shown that 50% of search is ‘known item’ and 50% is discovery – where the researcher is looking for a topic or concept. Today the enormously varied document metadata provided by content owners means that traditional search results fail to surface a huge amount of highly valuable content. AI enables full text discovery, where the entire text has been indexed and researchers can not only find what they’re looking for but also be directed to the exact section of the document. This webinar will explain the principles of ‘keyword’ vs ‘concept based’ searching and how these differ along with looking at a range of use cases and how far the technology has been adopted. Please join Haris Dindo, Yewno’s Chief Data Scientist along with Ruth Pickering and Jason Chabak who would be delighted to answer any questions you have on this subject.
Content Has Its Own Tale. The Story of the Cambridge History of the Civil War.
Sponsored by Cambridge University Press
Join Debbie Gershenowitz (Senior Editor, Cambridge University Press) and Aaron Sheehan-Dean (History Department Chair, LSU) for a discussion on the conception of the Cambridge History of the Civil War, a new 3 volume set from Cambridge University Press. Debbie and Aaron will discuss how the project was kicked off and what goes into the creation of a comprehensive and rich history set.
Sponsored by Recorded Books. Audiobooks are exploding in popularity. According to the Association of American Publishers, digital audiobooks are the fastest growing publishing format for the sixth year in a row―and college-age readers are a significant driver of that growth. Read more and register.
Sponsored by Credo. Faculty are experts in their fields, but often lack awareness of key information literacy strategies that may be affecting the way they structure curricula and design assignments. Librarians at Sacred Heart University addressed this gap by hosting a Library Institute, where they presented professors with basic instructional design principles to incorporate into their work. The response was overwhelmingly positive, establishing the librarians as a trusted source for educational design knowledge, advice, and assistance.
Wednesday, July 17, 2:00 pm Eastern
Fast Pitch Bootcamp
In collaboration with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). With presentations from Sarah Lippincott, Maria Bonn, and John Willinsky. Through their interactions with researchers and consumers, librarians are shaping and driving change in publishing and scholarly communication. Like pebbles in a pond, their actions create ripples far beyond their individual institutions. In this webinar, a panel of speakers will highlight ways in which libraries are increasingly taking the lead in the production, curation, discovery, and aggregation of content and its dissemination.
Presenters: Curtis Michelson, Minds Alert, LLC; Caroline Muglia, University of Southern California; Heather Staines, Hypothes.is; and Geoff Timms, College of Charleston. Hosted by Leah Hinds, Charleston Library Conference.
Presented by Debbie Gershenowitz, Senior Editor, American & Latin American History & Politics, and Sara Doskow, Editor, Political Science and Sociology, Cambridge University Press
- Susan Doerr, Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Director, University of Minnesota Press
- Stephane Rosen, Accessibility Specialist, University of Michigan Library
- Emma Waecker, Senior Product Manager for eBooks, EBSCO Information Services.
Moderated by: Matthew Ismail, Editor in Chief, Charleston Briefings; Director of Collection Development, Central Michigan University
What are publishers, vendors, and libraries doing to make publications accessible—to readers with print disabilities and to readers facing other barriers to access? This panel will address this question from various perspectives to give audience members a sense of the accessibility and publishing landscape today, and a look at promising practices that may change that landscape in the near future.
- Moderator: Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, Marriott Library, University of Utah
- In Favor: Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy, University of Virginia Library
- Opposed: Angela Cochran, Associate Publisher, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The debate will be conducted in general accordance with Oxford Union rules. All in the audience will vote their opinion on the resolution before the debate begins, and the vote totals will be recorded. Each speaker will offer a formal opening statement, followed by a response to each other’s statements, and then we’ll open the floor to discussion. At the conclusion of the debate, another vote will be taken. The winner of the debate is the one who caused the most audience members to change their votes. Members of the audience have an opportunity to make comments and pose questions as well.
Instruction Tools for the Busy Librarian
Presented by Amanda DiFeterici, Senior Product Manager, Credo Reference, and Emily Metcalf, Instruction Services Librarian, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Regardless of the type (community college, four-year, research institution, etc.) or size of your institution, information literacy is a critical skill your students must develop to be successful in the modern world. The basics of research—initial exploration of a topic, understanding key concepts, and narrowing a topic—are skills that first and second year students often lack. They are also among the most challenging to teach students, as librarians often have to impart the conceptual underpinnings of inquiry and exploration while simultaneously teaching students the mechanics of using search tools and databases. Teaching conceptual understanding and technical skills together provides a rich authentic experience for students, as concepts and practice are married together rather than learned in isolation.
All there is to know about Evidenced Based Acquisition
Presented by Stephanie Kaelin and Don Gallagher, Cambridge University Press.
Evidence Based Acquisition launched at Cambridge University Press almost 5 years ago. This webinar will present an overview of the model, provide a ‘big picture’ view of the program to date, and share lessons learned. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the model for libraries? For publishers? What kinds of data are necessary to support a data-driven model and ROI analyses? READ MORE
Presentations from three of our featured article authors for a discussion of the upcoming September issue of Against the Grain:
The (Not So) Accidental Ontologist and other Tales of Alternative Librarianship: David Bender, Librarian from Radiological Society of North America
- Hitting our Stride: Reflections Four Years Later from a Born-Digital Medical Library: Elizabeth Lorbeer, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
- One Health: Connecting the Dots: Pamela Rose, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo
Join us for a profile of the new HTML textbooks solution for institutions available via Cambridge Core. Hosted by Leah Hinds, Charleston Library Conference. Presented by Pamela S. Cooper, Head of Higher Education Sales, Americas, and Stephanie Kaelin, Library Sales Manager, Americas for Cambridge University Press.
Building last year’s FuturesLab, the Charleston Conference invites broad participation in our new ATG Trendspotting Initiative, a community-engaged process for cooperatively and collaboratively exploring social, policy, economic, technology, and educational trends and forecasting the impacts of these trends on scholarly communication, publishing, and academic libraries.
Presented by David Durant, East Carolina University, and Tony Horava, University of Ottawa
With the advent of the internet, technology has consistently introduced into the educational landscape new and rapidly-evolving electronic gadgets which have significantly shifted reader-focus from the traditional materials in print to e-texts.David Durant, in his recent book entitled “Reading in a Digital Age“, posits that, while features like ready-access, ubiquity, convenience and speed are positive advancements, one should consider the reductive consequences of digital reading on students’ skills-acquisition, mental and social connectivity and literacy levels in general. He and Tony Horava will also discuss the transformation of the reading experience; some characteristics of older vs newer forms of reading; the material aspects of reading, and critical reading issues.
Presented by Sarah Lippincott, Scholarly Communications and Digital Scholarship Consultant, and Isaac Gilman, Dean of University Libraries at Pacific University (Oregon), and founder and Director of the Pacific University Press.
In today’s libraries, marketing is everyone’s job. Yet, many librarians don’t know what modern marketing is and the preconditions for marketing success. During this year’s Charleston Conference, Charleston Briefing author Jill Stover Heinze convened a lively discussion about these topics in her new book, Library Marketing: From Passion to Practice. The session made clear that many of us share deep concerns and unresolved questions about what adopting modern marketing means in a library context.
This webinar will extend the Conference conversation, sharing an overview of the Briefing’s main themes, and revisiting the topics and ideas that were most pressing for session attendees, including:
- Understanding how marketing, strategic planning, communications, and assessment relate to one another and what that means for how library staff should think about their roles
- Why focusing only on ‘telling our story’ misses the mark, and doesn’t guarantee patrons will listen
- What segmentation is and how you can efficiently reach patrons in new ways by innovating how you approach your user base.
Jill will be joined by Northern Kentucky University’s Dean of the Library, Arne Almquist. Arne successfully implemented a marketing orientation at Steely Library by modifying its organizational structure to better accommodate marketing as a circular, holistic communication process. Arne will share what has worked and what merits further refinement as his library put these marketing principles into practice.
We all know that stress is a bad condition for decision-making. How can we counteract stress in year-end collections spending? In this presentation, the authors will provide an overview of their assessment framework, discussion of their findings, and recommendations based on the assessment process. Discussing how Return On Investment (ROI) can be assessed, the presentation will focus on strategies for approaching year-end spending methodically and successfully.
This session will address the concept of misinformation – what it is, when it occurs, and how what is misinformation in one context may be good information in another. I will present the status of information as context-dependent, leading to the importance of considering context with sensitivity, empathy, and a critical eye. This session is distinct because it attempts to stretch misinformation from a black and white concept to a larger spectrum. We will briefly examine evidence of the ways information systems exacerbate issues of misinformation.
Charleston Conference Hyde Park Debate
Resolved: The journal impact factor does more harm than good.
- Moderated by Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, University of Utah
- In Favor: Sara Rouhi, Director of Business Development, North America, at Altmetric
- Against: Ann Beynon, Manager, Solution Specialists, North America, at Clarivate Analytics