Announcing "Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication" - a New Speaker Series

NEW YORK, September 30, 2008 The Scholarly Communication Program of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to present a six-event speaker series on today's pivotal issues in scholarly communication, exploring how scholars and researchers can take advantage of new and powerful ways of creating, sharing, reusing, and preserving knowledge.


The series kicks off with Stuart Shieber, the architect of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences Open Access Resolution, speaking on October 8, 2008 on Columbia's Morningside Campus in the Jed D. Satow Conference Room at Alfred Lerner Hall from 1 pm to 3 pm. Upcoming speakers include Marian Hollingsworth, Director of Publisher Relations at Thomson Reuters; Johan Bollen of Los Alamos National Laboratory; Helen Tartar, Editorial Director at Fordham University Press; and Christine L. Borgman, author of From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information (2001) and Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure and the Internet (2007).

Following "The Harvard Open-Access Initiatives" event on October 8, representatives from Thomson Reuters,, and MESUR will speak on October 30 at 3 pm about assessing the importance and influence of scholarly publications. The panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Mailman School of Public Health, and will be held in Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room 401 at the Columbia University Medical Center. The third event in the series, "Future of the Book: Can the Endangered Monograph Survive?" will be held on November 11, 2008 at 3 pm in Alfred Lerner Hall on the Morningside Campus.

Join experts from around the country in this exciting and timely discussion. The series is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at all events. For detailed date, location, and speaker information, please visit or email Kathryn Pope at

The Scholarly Communication Program is a service of the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. Established in April 2008 to encourage discussion about and innovative solutions to scholarly communication issues, the Program aims to support faculty members, librarians, staff, and students as they consider their options for creating, distributing, evaluating, reusing, and preserving new knowledge in a rapidly changing communications environment.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at is the gateway to its services and resources.