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Scholarly Communications in the Era of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has both exacerbated old problems and introduced new ones for the scholarly communications industry. In the first session in our Online Professional Development Series, Angela Cochran and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe discuss the impact of the global pandemic on publishers and libraries, from the initial disruption and pivot to work from home/shelter in place, to its implications for 2021 and beyond. Questions considered during the conversation include: -How have campus closures and remote work exacerbated ongoing problems with remote user access? -Will the crisis drive book publishing to become “digital first” once and for all? -How will projected budget cuts and declining enrollment at universities affect the broader academic ecosystem, including the push toward open access? Join us as Angela and Lisa, both Scholarly Kitchen chefs and SSP Board members, explore the challenges as well as some of the surprising opportunities presented by the global crisis.
Release Date: 07/13/2020
Global Trends | Keywords: pandemic, open access, disruption, publishers, libraries, users, accessibility, technology, strategy, coronavirus, COVID-19

Additional Information

Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing--available at your convenience. New video presentations will be released each week; free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed asynchronously, but registrants can also interact with presenters and fellow audience members during live screenings! Videos will be offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Angela Cochran

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Managing Director and Publisher, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Angela Cochran is the Managing Director and Publisher at the American Society of Civil Engineers in Reston, Virginia. She is the Past President of SSP and the Associate Editor and a regular contributor to The Scholarly Kitchen. Angela is Past-president of the Council of Science Editors.

Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction & Professor, University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library and affiliate faculty in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the 2010-11 ACRL President, she led the launch the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. Lisa is currently Editor of Library Trends, a “chef” of The Scholarly Kitchen, and Chair of the IFLA Information Literacy Section. Other service includes positions in DLF, NISO, ARL, ALA, ILA, and LOEX. Lisa has consulted, presented, and published widely on the value of libraries, strategic planning, organizational innovation, emerging technologies, program evaluation, library assessment, privacy, inclusion and equity, information literacy, and teaching and learning.