Wednesday, February 13, 2013

This Year’s Annual Meeting

CEAL Colleagues,

The 2013 CEAL annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.  This year’s conference theme is “Open Access and Discovery in the Academic Universe: Next Steps for East Asian Studies Research and Library Development”.

Beginning this year, CEAL annual meeting will have two distinct
components:  the first day will be a full-day of plenary sessions all centering around a broad conference theme, with an opening plenary session, a plenary session on collections and a plenary session on services.  The second day of the meeting will be a full-day of committee work sessions, each with only 50 minutes of reports, briefings or demonstrations of best practices.

The Wednesday’s opening plenary will feature three nationally-prominent leaders and thinkers—Brewster Kahle, Pamela Samuelson and Clifford Lynch—who will deliver keynote speeches on open access and its implications to research libraries in the U.S. Following the opening plenary, in the afternoon three scholars will explore trends and developments in open access in China, Japan and Korea respectively.  The plenary will end with Brian Schottlaender’s keynote speech on the evolution of open access, along with select CEAL members who will share their thoughts on open access services in various member institutions.  All these sessions are designed to help CEAL members explore critical issues, ideas, and changing directions impacting our profession today. There will be a CEAL reception at the end of the day.

The program continues on Thursday, with successive committee meetings and additional meetings such as the OCLC User Forum, NCC meeting, and the Chinese Publishing Association’s forum.  The program will conclude on Thursday afternoon with a closing plenary to summarize the highlights of this year’s annual meeting and to introduce next year’s conference theme.

This year’s CEAL annual meeting program does not include a fellowship dinner, but a CEAL reception. Since the UC San Diego Library will not be able to accommodate any library tours during the final exam period of the university’s Winter Quarter, we will not have a library visit this year, either.

Below is the web link to a two-page PDF file of “The 2013 CEAL Annual Meeting at a Glance”.

I welcome all of you to participate in an engaging annual meeting with vigorous discussions as we meet in San Diego.

Peter X. Zhou
President, Council on East Asian Libraries

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