STM Annual Spring Conference 2011
Trailblazing & transforming scholarly publishing 2011 + Stakeholders venture forward


Tuesday 26 April

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Spring Conference Registration

4:15pm - 6:00pm

Pre-conference - Sense about Science: Debating Peer Review

Registration is free, but you must register for admission. Space is limited.

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Welcome Reception at the Washington Marriott

Wednesday 27 April

8:00am - 9:00am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:10am - 9:15am

Welcome & Introduction
Eric Merkel-Sobotta
, STM Board Chair

9:15am - 10:15am

Keynote: No Time to Think: Finding Contemplative Balance in an Age

of Acceleration and Overload


David Levy, Professor, Information School, University of Washington

Over the past fifteen years-first as a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and then as a professor in the Information School of the University of Washington, Levy has been exploring the alarming growth of information overload, extreme busyness, the fragmentation of attention, and the acceleration of just about everything. In these remarks, Levy will discuss the roots of these problems and will suggest ways that we, as individuals and as a society, can find what he calls 'contemplative balance.'

10:15am - 10:45am


10:45am - 12:30pm

Panel: Scholarly Publishing of the Future: Venturing* Forward
* A business enterprise that involves risk, but could lead to profit

10:45am - 10:50am

Moderator: Nancy Axelrod, Executive Publisher, Elsevier

10:50am - 11:15am

Analysis: Insights and Trends in the Global STM Market
David Bousfield, Ph.D.,Vice President & Lead Analyst, Outsell UK Ltd

In this talk, Bousfield will review some of the key qualitative and quantitative trends impacting on the scientific, technical, medical and scholarly publishing industry. Despite the intense budgetary pressure on traditional STMS markets, there are many opportunities for growth created by technology and the changing shape of the global economy.

11:15am - 11:35pm


A Society Publisher's Future Perspective
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Entrepreneurship, American College of Cardiology

11:35am - 12:00pm

A Knovel Way to Build Revenue Streams

Meagan Cooke, Director of Content Strategy, Knovel

Knovel partners with more than 70 authoritative publishers and societies to ensure that engineers have fast, convenient access to trusted content. Knovel adds value to content through interactive tools and search capabilities, and ultimately offers partners a new revenue stream and market for their content. More than 90% of Knovel's customers renew their subscriptions annually. Learn about Knovel's business model and the evolution of the pay wall.

2:00pm - 12:20pm

Q & A

12:30pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm - 2:05pm

Introduction to Afternoon

Sue Kesner, Director, Rightsholder Experience, Copyright Clearance Center

2:05pm - 2:45pm

Keynote: Harbingers of turbulence: Data and the scientific record in a networked world

Rick Luce is Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries for Emory University. His most recent publication, A New Value Equation Challenge: The Emergence of eResearch and Roles for Research Libraries is part of CLIR's Report, No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century.

Fundamental changes in the paradigm for scientific data collection, analysis, storage, along with subsequent access and use are shifting the lens with which we understand research methods and production. Likewise, formal scientific communications, impacted by this turbulent environment, are experimenting with reconceptualized models of research communications. What do these changes portend for libraries, publishers and information providers? This talk will characterize current conditions and explore some of the drivers and ramifications this changing landscape will have our business models and customer relationships in a networked world.

2:45pm - 4:15pm

Panel: Libraries 2030 - Will we recognize them?

2:45pm - 2:50pm

ModeratorLisa Nachtigall, Director of Business Development, Digital Books, John Wiley & Sons

2:50pm - 3:10pm

Research Library Futures

Rick Anderson, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources & Collections, University of Utah

Anderson will present a summary and discussion of the ARL
 report 'Envisioning Research Library Futures 2030.' This scenario-based 
planning document is designed to help research libraries position themselves 
for any of multiple possible contingencies in the near-to-midrange future,
and offers fascinating (and perhaps troubling) insights into some of those 
likely scenarios.

3:10pm - 3:30pm

Reinventing Collection Development for a Digital Age: On-Demand and On-the-Go

Michael Levine-Clark, Collections Librarian, Penrose Library, University of Denver

The library of 2030 should be a very different place than today. No longer a warehouse for little-used print volumes, the library will focus instead on providing services and spaces for students and scholars - an emphasis we already see in library renovations, but not in the way we build collections. Though digital technologies have transformed the way that libraries provide access to information, libraries and publishers have not yet taken advantage of the possibilities offered by this new environment to make necessary changes in the way that collections are developed. This talk will suggest ways in which libraries and publishers must work together to develop new delivery mechanisms and business models for management of scholarly research collections. Short-term loans, demand-driven acquisition, and disaggregation of journal content should all be options for libraries as they build 21st-century collections.

3:30pm - 3:50pm

A Post Doc & Scholarly Research now and the future

Frank L. Hammond III, Ph.D, Harvard University School of Engineering & Applied Science

Frank's talk will highlight the importance of institutional libraries to the conduct of research in physical sciences and engineering by describing the use of library resources throughout the duration of a typical research project. His talk will also provide insights into how academic researchers are changing their publication trends in response to the evolving methods and growing costs of library access, and will discuss what engineering researchers think are critical capabilities for libraries of the future. 

3:50pm - 4:15pm

Q & A

4:15pm - 4:45pm


4:45pm - 6:00

Market Watch: Opportunities & Challenges - 'Let me draw you a map of the real world'

4:45pm - 4:50pm

ModeratorJohn Lavender, Senior Vice-President, Publishing & Online Products, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis

4:50pm - 5:20pm

Current and future challenges in China: What's an STM publisher to do?

Steve Miron, Senior Vice President, Scientific, Technical, Medical and Scholarly Division, John Wiley & Sons

Over the past decade China has emerged an an increasingly important market for international STM publishers and as a vital source of scientific and scholarly content. However, continuing market access restrictions, IP protection issues, calls for Open Access, intense competition among international STM publishers for market share in China and the growing global aspirations of Chinese STM publishers are all contributing to an increasingly complex business landscape. In this session, we will examine current and future challenges and opportunities in China and attempt to answer the question, 'What's an STM publisher to do?' '

5:20pm - 5:40pm

What are the opportunities and challenges in Latin America?

Bob Wing, Systems Link International

Challenges include: The size of the market, the many languages, cultural & political differences, travel difficulties, monetary barriers, political stabilities or any lack of such. The region can be divided into three tiers based on the size of the population and economic strength. Opportunities/Tactics include: Focusing on national consortia, working with primary universities in: Social Sciences and Humanities, Health Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Physcis, Chemistry, Math & Biology. Providing training and tutorials and local help desks in each country as well as meetings, mini-expos, sales seminars.

5:40pm - 6:00pm

Q & A


Close for the day

Eric Merkel-Sobtta, STM Board Chair

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Reception in the Washington Marirott


Thursday 28 April

8:00am - 9:00am

Continental Breakfast

9:05am - 9:10am

Introduction to Morning

Jayne Marks, Vice President & Editorial Director, SAGE

9:15am - 10:00am

Keynote: Considering the researched: ethics and online research

Aleks Krotoski PhD, an academic and journalist. Aleks is a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and the Researcher-in-Residence for the British Library's Growing Knowledge exhibition. She completed the 4-part, prime time BBC2 series, 'Virtual Revolution' in early 2010, about the social history of the World Wide Web. Aleks writes for The Guardian and Observer newspapers, and hosts Tech Weekly their technology podcast. Her writing also appears in Nature, BBC Technology, New Statesman, MIT Technology Review and The Telegraph.

Publishers have a responsibility to ensure that the subjects of research are protected by the ethical guidelines of disciplines, yet online research and distribution remains an uncertain area at many institutions. What role should publishers play in protecting the online individual in the content included in their volumes?

10:00am - 10:30am


10:30am - 12:20pm

Panel: The Data Deluge or 'How to handle data alongside publications'

10:30am - 10:35am

ModeratorTerry Hulbert, Director of Business Development, American Institute of Physics

10:35am - 11:00am

Riding the Data Wave: Research Libraries' Role and Response

James L. Mullins, Ph.D, Dean of Libraries & Professor, Purdue University

When it became apparent that management, sharing and preservation of data sets were creating challenges for investigators, especially after greater access was desired by researchers and the more recent mandate issued by funding agencies, some method or process needed to be established that would provide reliable, consistent, and possible, perpetual access to data sets. Although it was not apparent initially, research libraries are now stepping forward to create order in a very confusing arena. This presentation will present an overview of the challenge; the response of the research library community, both within the U. S. and internationally; and the need for collaboration between STM publishers and libraries to regularize linking and citation for data sets through the work of DataCite and CrossRef.

11:00am - 11:20am

Open Data at The World Bank: moving away from a subscription model

Soong Sup Lee, Senior Information Officer, The World Bank

In April 2010, The World Bank decided to abandon its subscription model for accessing highly valued datasets, and move to a fully open model, where anyone can use and re-use the data for free -  with only minimal restrictions. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Soong Sup Leel will describe the strategy and the changes that have taken place, assess the impact, and describe some of the lessons learnt along the way - including the need for data librarians, data curators, and data story-tellers. The speaker will outline the contribution that Open Data can make to Open Development, and provide insights into the Bank's plans for the future. 

11:20am - 11:40am Action Science Explorer: Interactive Data Visualization for Rapid Understanding of Scientific Literature













Cody Dunne, PHD student in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland

We developed Action Science Explorer (ASE), a tool designed to support users in rapidly generating easily consumable summaries of academic literature. ASE uses bibliometric lexical link mining to create a citation network for a field and context for each citation, automatic clustering and multi-document summarization techniques to extract key points, and potent network analysis and visualization tools to aid in the exploration task. These techniques provide several coordinated views of the underlying data.

11:40am - 12:00pm

Strategic Integration of Article Content: Managing Supplemental Materials

Linda Beebe, Senior Director, PsychINFO, American Psychological Association, David Martinsen, ACS Publications, Senior Scientist, Web Strategy and Innovation

Adding supplemental materials sounded like such a good idea. They were intended to give the author additional opportunities to explain their research and to improve science by providing easy access to data needed to replicate studies without increasing workloads or costs. Those journals that have attracted a lot of supplemental materials are now struggling to keep up with reviewing and managing them. With no standards or best practices to guide their presentation, readers are often at a loss trying to find them or understand the context for them. A new initiative is working on finding common solutions.

12:00pm - 12:20pm

Q & A




12:30pm - 1:00pm

Meeting Close

Eric Merkel Sobotta, STM Board Chair


STM Members Forum: Update on issues of importance to members


Hotel information

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Spring Conference 2011 Program Committee

Nancy Axelrod, Executive Publisher, Elsevier
Bob Howard, Director, Social Science Journals, Sage Publications, Inc
Terry Hulbert, Director of Business Development, American Institute of Physics
Sue Kesner, Director, Rightsholder Experience, CCC
Lisa Nachtigall, Director of Business Development, Digital Books, John Wiley & Sons
John Lavender, Senior Vice President, Publishing & Online Products, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis
Janice Kuta, Director of Membership & Marketing, STM
Eefke Smit, Director of Standards & Technology, STM


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