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APD Brief November 2012

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Welcome to the November 2012 instalment of APD Brief

Welcome to the latest issue of APD Brief, which gives a summary of key conferences, events and reports affecting academic publishing this autumn. 

APD Brief Highlights

Scholarly Outreach, Impacts & Outcomes – 6th Bloomsbury Conference, UCL – London, 28-29 June

Public engagement turned out to be the main theme of this conference.  As the programme developed it became clear that those with something relevant to say came from both inside and outside academia; speakers ranged over topics from citizen scholarship (where projects challenge perceptions of the boundaries between experts and public, and between human and machine), to altmetrics (a specific form of web analytics).    

Fifth ALPSP International  Conference – Tamworth, 11-13 September  

Speakers tackled issues including trends and discontinuities in scholarly publishing, the dangers of talking down the value of copyright while talking up technology, and text mining and data developments.  PA CEO Richard Mollet spoke on what the coalition has done for copyright.

The Booksellers Association Conference 2012 – Coventry, 16-17 September

This year’s event got straight down to discussing in detail what anyone who wants to sell books needs to do in the current environment, including ways in which publishers and booksellers can work towards a more successful future together.  The best independent bookshops are alive and kicking, offering useful pointers to what works.      

Researchers of Tomorrow - Report

This major piece of research undertaken by JISC and the British Library looks at Generation Y, the generation that has grown up with the web.  Findings reveal that doctoral students’ research behaviour does not use the full potential of innovative technology.      

SCONUL Annual Library Statistics

The commentaries to these stats from respondents as well as the figures themselves provide an illuminating look at what libraries’ priorities are and how they are responding to a rapidly shifting education landscape.

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