The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication

4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium
May 1, 2015
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

The John Crerar Library at the University of Chicago

About the Symposium:

4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium
May 1, 2015
The John Crerar Library
The University of Chicago

Scholarly communication in the sciences is in a state of rapid evolution. In addition to conventional journal and book publishing, scientists have many modes of consumption and dissemination of research: videos, interactive charts, linked data, blogs, social media, visualizations, and more. The metrics system has also had to adapt, as impacts are now measured far more extensively than by citations alone, including downloads, bookmarks, blog posts, Tweets, and mainstream news coverage. Technology is a big driver of change, but so too is a dynamic funding landscape, with mandates for wider public sharing of research. Researchers, librarians, and publishers all benefit from field guides to this novel ecosystem. The 2015 Zar Symposium will explore this new information ecosystem and its impacts on those who inhabit it.

The symposium is a biennial event held at the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago and made possible through the support of the Kathleen and Howard Zar Science Library Fund.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Deb Werner at for assistance.

This symposium has been funded in part with Federal Funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The header for the web site was designed by Matthew Williams, Mouth Watering Media.


Session organizers' contact information

Barbara Kern, Co-Director Science Libraries

Andrea Twiss-Brooks, Co-Director Science Libraries

Elisabeth Long, Associate University Librarian for Digital Services

Christie Henry, Editorial Director, Sciences and Social Sciences, University of Chicago Press

Amy Buckland, Institutional Repository Manager

Deb Werner, Librarian for Science Instruction and Outreach


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