STM Annual Frankfurt Conference 2009
STM - Surviving our Mid-Life Crisis*: Forward from Forty

*Mid-life crisis is a term coined in 1965 by Elliott Jaques and used in Western societies to describe a period of dramatic self-doubt that is felt by some individuals in the 'middle years' of life, as a result of sensing the passing of youth and the imminence of old age.

Researchers have found that midlife is often a time for reflection and reassessment.
From Wikipedia.

Some comments about the STM 2008 Frankfurt Conference

'Excellent agenda, smart presentations'
'Always a great place to meet peers and colleagues from the industry'
'Best networking conference I know'

'As always a very intense warm-up before the Book Fair'

Preliminary Programme


Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking


Research4Life - Video

OARE working in Kenya

Introduced by Michael Mabe, CEO, STM


Welcome & Opening
Jayne Marks, VP & Editorial Director, Sage Publications



Is Scientific Publishing About to be Disrupted?

Michael Nielsen

Michael Nielsen is a writer working on a book about how the internet is changing the way scientific discoveries are made. In a past life, he was a theoretical physicist who co-authored the standard text on quantum computing -- now one of the ten most cited books in the history of physics. He wrote 60 scientific papers, including one of the first experimental demonstrations of quantum teleportation, named as one of Science magazine's 'Breakthroughs of the Year' for 1998. In 2008 Michael gave up a tenured academic position to pursue his interests in writing and technology. He blogs at

Many established companies in the newspaper, music, and video rental industries are currently in distress, as new, internet-based business models disrupt old business models. Closely related industries such as the book and movie businesses are looking on nervously. In this talk, he'll discuss the  underlying structural reasons these disruptions are taking place, and make the case that a similar technology-driven disruption is likely to occur in scientific publishing.




E-Books: Publishing, Reading and Working - 'Times they are a-Changin'

Panel Moderator: Robert Long, Marketing Director, Physical Sciences & Engineering, Wiley-Blackwell
The world has gone mobile. Our customers - academics, physicians, librarians, researchers - are rapidly adopting these technologies. The panel will focus on how we need to pay close attention to what is going on in scholarly markets with e-books and handhelds. We will also provide  insights into the  future of  e-information and mobile devices.


E-books from the library perspective: Selection and Delivery

James R. Mouw, Assistant Director for Technical and Electronic Services, 
University of Chicago

With the shift from print to electronic journals largely behind us, the industry now turns it attention to a similar movement in the world of monographs. While many of the issues are the same, the selection and delivery of e-books present us with unique challenges. This presentation will provide insight into those issues from the library perspective, will analyse the successes and failures we've encountered along the way, and will also discuss various business models that are in place, including a trend toward patron-initiated purchase. The speaker will also discuss the need for multiple delivery options, including the need for options that are optimized for mobile devises.


Thinking Outside the Book






Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer Science+Business Media

What forces surrounding eBooks have made their transition to the electronic world possible? We adapted established publishing concepts learned from eJournals to create a unique eBook business model, tailored to the demands of librarians and their patrons. Success of the model can be measured by market penetration, usage of eBooks in libraries, and in comparison to eJournals. An eye to the future requires monitoring the developing needs of librarians, their patrons, as well as technological innovations. These are essential practices in ensuring an effective launch and continuous malleability  of an STM eBook program.


Scholarly Publishing and the Amazon Kindle

David Naggar, Vice President, Kindle Content

With the launches of the Kindle, Kindle 2 and the Kindle DX, consumers can now purchase content and have their own documents delivered directly to their e-reader. David Naggar will speak about the development of the Amazon Kindle, looking in particular at the benefits and opportunities that the Kindle program offers to scholars and scholarly publishers. The presentation will include an overview of the recently launched Kindle pilots with a number of universities and colleges in the U.S.




Update on the Chicago Collaborative - Bringing the Stakeholders Together
T. Scott Plutchak
, Director of Lister Hill Health Sciences Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an AAHSL reprsentative to the Chicago Collaborative

'The Chicago Collaborative was created from a conviction that we are at a pivotal moment in the history of scholarly communication.   . . . In libraries and editorial offices and publishers meetings across the globe, we are trying to figure out how to use the internet and the web and this startling array of new digital tools to once again push scholarly communication in a new direction.' These lines from the Statement of Purpose indicate the vision of the recently formed Chicago Collaborative. This presentation will outline the background, current activities, and future plans of the Collaborative.


RIN E-Journals Update
Dr. Ian Rowlands
, Reader in Scholarly Communication, Department of Information Studies, University College London

Our report examines how researchers interact with journal websites and whether enhanced access to journal articles has led to greater productivity, research quality and other outcomes. It finds that researchers are savvy when it comes to using e-journals, finding the information they need quickly and efficiently, and that higher spending on e-journals is linked to better research outcomes. Based on an analysis of log files from journal websites and data from libraries in ten universities and research institutions, our report starts to build a clear picture of how e-journals are shaping the information    landscape - a picture that we'll add to as our research in this areas continues.




'What mid-life crisis?' A Conversation with Derk Haank'
Derk Haank
, CEO, Springer Science+Business Media
David Worlock, Interviewer

Derk Haank is the subject of this year's interview session, as we question him upon the speed and direction of change in scholarly communication, and elicit his views on the future progress and shape of the industry. As the manager, successively, of Elsevier and Springer, he is almost uniquely able   to comment upon the relationships of users, intermediaries and suppliers; the emergence of STM as a fully digital marketplace, and the ways in which the industry portrays itself to its customers.

4:45 Close for non-Memers


Members Only Forum
Issues of importance to STM members

5:45 - 6:45

Members Only Drinks & Networking

As a benefit of membership, STM members can attend the annual Frankfurt conference for free!

STM at the Frankfurt Book Fair - Visit us at our stand J437 in Hall 4.2

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Where an event has registration fees, cancellations made in writing up to 30 days before an event are eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds can be made for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the event date, however, substitutions may be made free of charge at any time.

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