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16th SPARC-ACRL Forum

The 16th SPARC-ACRL Forum, “Working with the Facebook Generation: Engaging Student Views on Access to Scholarship,� will be held at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia on Saturday, January 12, 2008, 4:00-6:00pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 204 A/B. Co-sponsored by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries), the popular semi-annual forum focuses on emerging issues in scholarly communication. A complete description with speakers will be circulated in early December.

The forum is followed by the ACRL Scholarly Communication Discussion Group, where there will be an open discussion of key issues that surface at the Forum. The Discussion Group will be held Sunday, January 13, from 4:00 - 6:00pm at the Marriott Philadelphia, room Franklin 11.

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. http://www.acrl.org .