The Conference Circuit: Publishing Conferences and Society Meetings Dominate in May and June

May and June are traditionally popular months for society conferences, and this year is no exception.  And judging by the number of conferences on the topic, journal publishing also seems to be a topic of increased current interest.

Journal Publishing

Many of the upcoming seminars and workshops on journal publishing are one-day courses organized by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).  Topics include Effective Journals Marketing, Introduction to Journals Publishing, Journal Development, and The Journal Editorial Office.  These courses will be held in Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and London on various dates between May 10 and June 8; see the ALPSP website for further details.

Incisive Media, organizers of the popular online information conference held in London each December, is the organizer of the 4th EPublishing Innovation Forum, with the theme “Innovate – Generate – Monetise:  Wining Digital Business Models”.  The Forum will be in London on May 17-18.  The keynote speaker will be Kate Worlock, Director and Lead Analyst, Education and Social Media at Outsell, Inc., who will present an outlook for the information industry in 2011.  The second day keynote, “Innovation with the Cloud”, will be by David Langridge, Senior Partner Development Director, Worldwide Education Industry Group at Microsoft.  The program also features a keynote interview with Tim Cooper, Director, Digital and Marketing, Harlequin (UK) Ltd., on next generation e-books.

Renew Training is presenting a one-day course on Understanding the Journals Industry in London on May 11.  Topics include Why Journals Exist, The Role of the Library, Sales, and The Researcher as a Consumer.

Information Science

If you fancy a visit to the Caribbean region, you might consider attending the 5th IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS 2011), on the French island of Guadeloupe on May 19-21.  Since this is an IEEE conference, it has a strong computer-science component, but there are also presentations on data mining, business processes, and knowledge management.

The creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing and informing scholarship has been called altametrics.  Anyone interested in this subject should consider attending the Altmetrics11: Tracking Scholarly Impact on the Social Web conference (Koblenz, Germany, June 14-15), which is part of the ACM Web Science Conference 2011.  Scientometrics, bibliometrics, citation impacts, and taxonomy metrics are among the research topics that will be discussed.  In a similar vein, the ALPSP has organized a one-day course entitled “Citation Analysis for Publishers” in London on May 26.  (As an indication of the relevance and interest in this topic, this course is now fully booked, and registrations are being taken on a space-available basis only.)

The International Conference on Web Intelligence, Mining and Semantics (WIMS’11), May 25-27 in Sogndal, Norway has been organized by the Western Norway Research Institute.  Topics on the program include Web Information Search and Retrieval, Semantics and Ontology Engineering, Web Mining, and Natural Language Processing.  A workshop on Social Data Mining for Human Behavior Analysis (SoDaMin) is also part of the conference.

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) at Kent State University has organized the First Annual Conference on Information and Religion at its Kent, OH campus on May 20.  Many of the principles of information science can be applied to the study of religion, and this conference explores some of the reserch projects that have been done.

The Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) will hold its annual conference, entitled “Best Practices Beyond Free-Text: The Value of Indexing and Classification when Searching and Analyzing Patents”, in Cincinnati, OH on May 21-26.  In these days of full-text searching with search engines like Google, a conference on the value of indexing and classification is especially important.  The keynote speaker, Jeff Weedman, is well qualified: he is Vice President of Licensing at Procter & Gamble.

Libraries and Library Operations

Here are several upcoming conferences related to various aspects of libraries.

  • The 100th Deutscher Bibliothekartag (German Librarians’ Day) Conference, entitled “Libraries for the Future – Future for the Libraries” will be in Berlin on June 7-10.  It appears that most, if not all, of the program will be in German.  One of the most unusual features of this conference is the pre-conference bicycle ride and “unconference”, Cycling For Libraries, which begins in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 28.
  • The European Library Automation Group (ELAG) will hold its 35th Library Systems Seminar on May 25-27 in Prague, Czech Republic.  The conference website notes “It is not content but context that will matter most a decade or so from now. The scarce resource will not be stuff, but point of view.”  Thus, the conference theme is “It’s the Context, Stupid.”  Linked data, cloud computing, and digital preservation are prominent on the program.
  • The 3rd Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2011) will be in Athens, Greece on May 24-27.  Organized by the International Society for Advanced Science and Technology (ISAST), QQML will be keynoted by Carol Tenopir, award-winning professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Director of Research for the College of Communication and Information; and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies.  The title of her keynote address is “Beyond Usage: Measuring Library Outcomes and Value”.  Other plenary speakers will speak on knowledge discovery and creation, information literacy, and providing value-added services.
  • The Future of the Academic Library is the subject of a one-day conference on May 17 in Burlington, ON.  Here are some of the questions to be addressed at this event, according to the conference website:

—    In an increasingly complex, information-rich world, how do we assure that we remain relevant?

—    Perhaps more important, how do we establish ourselves and our libraries as change agents on our campuses?

—    This time of uncertainty may be a window of opportunity that may close as quickly as it has opened. How do we prepare ourselves to take advantage of what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?”

  • None of us likes to think about disasters, but the reality is that libraries must be prepared for them.  The Association of Caribbean University, Research, and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) has organized its annual meeting on this topic (May 30 – June 3, Tampa, FL).  To underscore the topic, one day has been designated as a “day of solidarity with Haiti”.  Besides disaster preparation and response, research topics will also be presented.

Open Access (OA)

Speakers at the 2nd Annual Symposium on Open Access (May 20, Denton, TX) will discuss current trends in OA and how open source software tools are improving access to scholarship.  The conference is organized as a series of plenary sessions by noted speakers.

The 6th Annual International Conference on Open Repositories (OR11, June 7-11, Austin, TX) will consider the role of social interactions within repository technical communities.  It will feature traditional presentations as well as poster sessions and a 24×7 (24 slides in 7 minutes) session.  User group meetings for the Fedora and DSpace platforms will also take place.

Society Meetings

Here are some of the society meetings scheduled for this period

Society Meeting Dates Location
Canadian Library Association (CLA) 66th National Conference and Trade Show May 25-28 Halifax, NS
Association of American University Presses (AAUP) 2011 Annual Meeting: The Next Wave: Toward a Culture of Collaboration June 2-5 Baltimore, MD
American Theological Library Association (ATLA) 65th Annual Conference June 8-11 Chicago, IL
Society for Imaging Science & Technology Archiving 2011 May 16-19 Salt Lake City, UT
Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) 36th Annual Conference June 2-4 Toronto, ON
International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) 2011 Summer Conference: “Upgrading Information to Knowledge and General Assembly June 7-9 Beijing, China
Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting: MLA ’11 May 13-18 Minneapolis, MN
North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) 26th Annual Conference: Gateway to Collaboration June 2-5 St. Louis, MO
Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA) 35th Annual Conference June 5-7 Washington, DC
Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference June 12-15 Philadelphia, PA
Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) 33rd Annual Meeting: It’s What Counts: How Data Transforms Our World June 1-3 Boston, MA

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As always, these and many other conferences, including links to their websites, are listed in the ITI Calendar of Events.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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