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Wednesday, November 8 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Scientific Societies and Associations: A close look into what they do and why it matters for libraries

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Many of the serials in an academic library are published by or in association with scientific associations and many scientific associations are made up of faculty at academic institutions. Yet society leadership and librarians rarely have opportunities to interact, communicate about their operations, or collaborate on shared goals. Moderated by a librarian, in this session, a panel of scientific society representatives will provide a close look into the inner workings of their organizations, explain how they advance research, and provide a forum for ideas on potential library/society collaborations. Specifically, they will address the following:

How do societies select manuscripts for publication? What does this process look like and how might librarians support your faculty members as they go through it?

Faculty Support
While publications are certainly a priority for many scientific societies, some list publishing as a secondary or even tertiary goal in support of scholars and discipline growth. What additional services and support do they provide their members and does there exist an opportunity for societies and librarians to collaborate in their shared mission to support faculty and research? From professional development, to creating a space for collaboration, to government advocacy, to communication with the media, policymakers and the public, the panelists will highlight the aspects of their missions that go beyond publishing.

Shared goals with librarians
Where do societies stand when it comes to issues supported – and often championed – by academic libraries such as access, discovery and transparency? Where do society and library goals overlap?

In this session, the panelists will answer these questions and more through a moderated question-and-answer panel. The panel will conclude with a rich discussion on potential opportunities for collaboration between librarians and society leaders.

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Sarah McClung

Head of Collection Development, University of California, San Francisco
Sarah McClung, MIS, is the head of collection development at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has worked in academic health sciences libraries for over a decade and, in her current role, she oversees the overall development and management of the UCSF Library’s... Read More →


Lee Ann S. Ferguson

Association Manager, Southern Gerontological Society

Felice Levine

Executive Director, American Educational Research Association

Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:35am - 12:15pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401