Poster Presentation at Medical Library Association's May 2015 meeting



Dr. Brenda Seago

We are pleased to announce that the Chicago Collaborative will have a poster at the Medical Library Association's "Librarians Without Limits" May meeting in Austin, Texas. The meeting will be held May 15-20 and the poster (number 47) will be presented by Dr. Brenda Seago on Sunday, May 17 from 2-3 pm. Here is the abstract:

Objectives: The Chicago Collaborative is a working group of representatives from publishing/editing organizations and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and was established in 2008 to promote open communication and education among stakeholders in scholarly scientific communication. The goal of the Collaborative is to develop sustainable mechanisms for ongoing conversations and actions among Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) publisher, editor, and librarian communities which do not follow traditional buyer/seller models.

Methods: In order to facilitate conversations and learning regarding challenges of scientific communication in the 21st century, the Collaborative invites speakers from higher education, government and industry to share their insights on issues impacting the scholarly communication ecosystem.  The Chicago Collaborative meets twice yearly for open discussions on such topics as Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS), SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Gold Open Access (OA) Working Group report and the Wellcome Trust Cost of OA publishing progress report. In addition, the Chicago Collaborative developed a continuing education course called Libraries 101 for publishers to learn the basics of what academic and medical libraries do, what challenges they face, and how librarian roles are changing. Another course was developed, titled Biomedical Publishing 101: Communicating Research Developments Through Publication, in order for librarians to learn about the publishing process of STM journals, understand the value publishers bring to the scholarly communications process, and (delete to) consider choices to be made in publishing.

Results: The Chicago Collaborative is not an advocacy group, but operates as a supplement to existing publisher/editor user advisory boards and librarian-sponsored forums.  Individuals participating in the Chicago Collaborative agree to abide by the Chatham House rules of engagement, which ensure that meeting participants are free to use the information received in the meeting, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker will be reported.Conclusion: The Chicago Collaborative fosters a spirit of open engagement and trust, where sharing information is encouraged.