For immediate release | December 10, 2013

ALCTS/bepress Digital Commons Midwinter Symposium focuses on public access to federally funded research

CHICAGO — “Here There Be Dragons: Public Access to Federally Funded Research,” a Midwinter Symposium co-presented by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and bepress Digital Commons offers a unique opportunity to explore the complex issues surrounding the collection, organization, delivery and preservation of federally funded research. Join your colleagues from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter in Philadelphia.

In February 2013, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memorandum directing federal agencies to expand public access to the results of taxpayer-funded research. Several means of addressing this mandate, including SHARE (offered by the ARL, AAU, and APLU) and CHORUS (offered by the AAP), have been proposed. This symposium will explore the complex issues surrounding the collection, organization, delivery and preservation of federally funded research.


  • Richard Huffine, senior director, U.S. Federal Government Market, ProQuest
  • P. Scott Lapinski, digital resources librarian, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Howard Ratner, director of development, CHOR Inc.
  • Olivia M. A. Madison, professor and dean of the library, Iowa State University
  • Tyler Walters, dean of university libraries, Virginia Tech
  • Harrison Inefuku, digital repository coordinator, Iowa State University
  • Rebecca Kennison, director, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University
  • Maureen P. Walsh, associate professor, institutional repository services librarian, The Ohio State University Libraries Digital Content Services
  • Emily McElroy, (Moderator), head, content management & systems, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Carol Godschall Hixson (moderator), dean of library at University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  • Mary Case (moderator), university librarian, University of Illinois-Chicago

Pre-registration prior to Jan. 10, 2014, is recommended as space is limited. Register online and look for “Ticketed Events” and then the ALCTS/bepress Digital Commons Symposium. Registration fees are $219 for ALCTS members, $269 for ALA members, $369 for non-members, and just $99 for students and retired members. On-site registration will be subject to availability.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.


Julie Reese

Continuing Education and Program Manager

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

800-545-2433 ext. 5034