Drew Faculty Seminar

The First of Four Events on the Theme
Scholarly Openings

Monday, September 10, 2012
4 p.m. Refreshments
4:30 p.m. Guest Speaker and Conversation
Founders Room, Mead Hall


Open Access: Maximizing the Impact of
Research and Scholarship

Guest Speaker

Heather Joseph, Executive Director,
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international coalition of academic and research libraries whose mission is to expand the global, cost-effective, digital dissemination of scholarly and scientific research results.  As SPARC’s Director since 2005, she has focused on supporting emerging publishing models, enabling digital archives and establishing open access policies on the national and international levels.

Prior to joining SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She served as the publishing director at the American Society for Cell Biology, which became the first journal to commit its full content to the pioneering open access repository, PubMed Central. She also founded
BioOne, a collaborative publishing organization designed to support non-profit publishers, and keep them operating independently from multinational commercial interests.

Ms. Joseph is the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a national coalition that advocates for public access to the results of federally funded research.  She is an active participant in projects and committees at U.S. federal science agencies, including the NIH, Department of Energy, and National Academies of Science. She is a frequent speaker and writer on scholarly communications in general, and on open access in particular.