Conferences, Meetings, and Webinars 2/8/14

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Professional Growth & Development Opportunities from:

  • NISO
  • UKSG
  • Handheld Librarian Online Conference
  • eLife

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 NISO Virtual Conference: The Semantic Web Coming of Age: Technologies

and Implementations

Virtual conferences are 5-6 hour conferences held online in webinar-like formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar.

Date:  February  19, 2014

Time: 11:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Event webpage:


The Semantic Web, the phrase coined by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, envisioned the Internet as a common framework of data that can be shared across numerous platforms. Libraries and publishers are among those leading the charge with projects and initiatives aimed at making information and resources more widely available in the greater web of data.

This virtual conference will look at the challenges and opportunities available through the Semantic Web, highlighting applications, projects, and initiatives that are changing the way libraries and publishers structure their metadata and improve the accessibility of their content…


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 4:00 pm Eastern on February 18, 2014  (the day before the virtual conference). Discounts are available for NISO members and students. All virtual conference registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year.

Can’t make it on the day of the virtual conference? All registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year. Take advantage of the Virtual Conference subscription package for all six of the 2014 Virtual Conferences and save 33%. (NISO members can save 50%.)

Visit the event webpage to register and for more information:

Date: Wednesday 19 February 2014
Time: 1400 GMT
Duration: 45 minutes including Q&A (We allow a maximum of an hour, although we aim for 45 minutes.)


This webinar will:

  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges OA publishing provides within HSS
  • Consider recent OA mandates with particular respect to HSS
  • Discuss some of the differences between science and humanities with regard to OA publishing
  • Address issues of OA monograph publication
  • Consider some of the research and teaching tools facilitated by OA publications
  • Discuss various OA funding models, particularly within HSS
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges for scholarly societies and HE bodies developing OA initiatives
  • Look at usage statistics and discuss OA publishing experiences at Open Book Publisher


Dr. Rupert Gatti
Fellow in Economics, Trinity College, Cambridge
Co-Founder and Director of Open Book Publishers


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are sweeping the country and libraries and librarians are watching this development carefully. This series of four webinars will help librarians gain an understanding of the complexity of the MOOC movement, learn how to support students and faculty engaged with MOOCs, become familiar with the alcts logocopyright and intellectual property requirements in relation to MOOCs, and hear what the future may hold for MOOCs.

  • February 26, 2014. Dorothy Pawloski will discuss opportunities for public libraries to promote lifelong learning by becoming meet-up destinations for MOOCs.
  • March 26, 2014. Curtis L. Kendrick and Irene Gashurov will look at how librarians can shape the conversation about changes created by MOOCs
  • May 21, 2014. Rebecca Griffith will look at new research on opportunities and challenges associated with using third-party MOOCs in campus-based services.
  • June 4, 2014. Sarah Bardac will look at the roles, opportunities, and pitfalls of MOOCs.

These webinars, presented in fall 2013, are available online.

  • September 25, 2013. Mike Eisenberg set the stage by examining the origins of online learning and explaining why MOOCs continue to thoroughly capture the imagination of students, educators, and administrators.
  • October 9, 2013. Steven Bell outlined his views on the role of the librarian as a “solutions provider” to the online learning community. Whether a traditional online course, or a MOOC, librarians should be recognized as full partners throughout the development process. Steven will discuss how librarians can get into the conversation.
  • November 6, 2013. Kevin L. Smith offered insights into the library’s role educating users with regard to their rights and responsibilities vis à vis copyright in settings beyond the traditional classroom model.
  • December 11, 2013. Jonathan Grudin let us know whether he is optimistic or pessimistic about the future of MOOCs.

On February 26th and 27th, 2014, join us for the 9th Handheld Librarian Online Conference (HHLib9) where librarians on the leading edge of our profession share their latest ideas, tools, and strategies.

View the Schedule

HHLib9: Encouraging Innovation and Technology, the top online tech conference for librarians, will feature inspiration and how to’s. Take part in sessions that share the wide range of insights and experiences that come with implementing technologies and programs to meet the needs of library users. Drink up the inspiration and information on Wednesday, February 26th and Thursday, February 27th, 2014…

REGISTER NOW for the February 26th and 27th online conference.

On February 13, 2014, at 2PM Eastern time/7PM GMT, please join eLife for an online panel discussion on how scientists can change science publishing and research assessment.

In December, eLife Editor-in-chief Randy Schekman called for an end to the scientific community’s dependence on high-profile journals and their impact factors as a measure of the quality of research. His comments were published in The Guardian on the day he accepted the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Schekman’s challenge has inspired wide conversation and debate and was followed up by a second editorial, in The Conversation, where he offered specific actions that scientists could take to improve research assessment.

On February 13, eLife will host a panel discussion to explore in more depth the implications of Dr. Schekman’s proposals for today’s scientists and what the future of science publishing really could be, if freed from existing constraints. He will be joined by:

  • Jack Andraka, 17 year-old inventor, scientist, and cancer researcher, whose research on the open Web inspired his design of a new cancer detection method.
  • Jody Culham, Professor of Psychology at Western University in Canada and eLife reviewing editor for neuroscience.

To participate, please join eLife on Google+. A Google+ account is not required; the broadcast will be free and open.




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