SPARC: Setting the Default to Open in Research and Education

“This is a community resource for tracking, comparing, and understanding current U.S. federal funder research data sharing policies. Originally completed by SPARC & Johns Hopkins University Libraries in 2016, the content of this resource was updated by RDAP and SPARC in 2021….”

KEL and SPARC Launch “Unsettling Knowledge Inequities” Podcast – SPARC

“SPARC has partnered with the Knowledge Equity Lab to launch a new podcast called Unsettling Knowledge Inequities, which will explore issues related to the politics of knowledge production, exchange, and circulation as well as the structural, global power dynamics that shape it.

Launching today with its first episode and new episodes each Tuesday, the project will have an initial 5 episode season featuring conversations with diverse and multigenerational knowledge holders from Canada, Peru, Nigeria, Uganda, the US, and more. 

What do equitable systems for creating & sharing knowledge look like? Which types of knowledge are valued? Which are excluded? Who decides? These are just a few of the questions that the podcast will discuss in upcoming episodes….”

SPARC Supports We Here’s Publication, up//root, with $20,000 Grant — up//root

“Recognizing We Here’s contribution to the library and archives community through the centering of Black and Indigenous folks and People of Color (BIPOC), SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) has provided a $20,000 grant toward their publication up//root. 

up//root: a we here publication, launched in 2020, is a publishing collective that exists to center the works, knowledge, and experiences of BIPOC within the context of the library and archives community. up//root is currently online and open access with goals of publishing in print in the future. …”

Position Opening for SPARC Open Education Coordinator – SPARC

“The Open Education Coordinator position assists the Director of Open Education in managing SPARC’s Open Education program, which encompasses policy, advocacy, community organizing, and professional development initiatives. The Coordinator provides day-to-day operating support for the four-member Open Education team and provides administrative assistance to the Director. The position also coordinates parts of SPARC’s ongoing community programming and contributes to meaningful and impactful work across our Open Education portfolio. …”

SPARC Africa Announces New Partnership with AfLIA to Expand Reach – SPARC

“SPARC Africa has teamed up with African Library & Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) in a new effort to advance the open sharing of knowledge and research on the continent.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in December 2020 to formalize the partnership. The MOU sets up SPARC Africa operations as a section within AfLIA, a nonprofit organization for libraries and librarians headquartered in Ghana with 141 member institutions and associations.  …”

Public Domain Day: Looking Ahead To 2021 Tickets, Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 3:00 PM | Eventbrite

“Please join us on December 17, 2020, for a celebration of the public domain!

Presented by Internet Archive, Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Creative Commons, and SPARC, this event will bring together a diverse group of organizations, musicians, artists, activists, and thinkers to highlight the new works entering the public domain in 2021 and discuss those elements of knowledge and creativity that are too important to a healthy society to lock down with copyright law….”

Contracts Library – SPARC

“A number of libraries and consortia have provided the full text of Big Deal licenses. These provide useful information about the terms and conditions publisher may seek to include in their standard agreements. For tips on how to acquire additional contracts not listed here, see our “Freedom of Information Requests” guide. If you have an agreement that can be lawfully shared here, please contact us. We’ve also compilled tips on pushing back against confidentiality clauses and NDAs. …”

Heather Joseph Named As NISO’s 2021 Miles Conrad Awardee 

“We are thrilled to announce that Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will be the recipient of the 2021 Miles Conrad Award, a lifetime achievement award for those working in the information community.

A well-known and highly respected member of the global information community, Heather will join a long list of industry leaders, innovators, and opinion-makers who have received this prestigious award. She will deliver the Miles Conrad Lecture during the NISO Plus 2021 conference, on February 24 at noon (Eastern Standard Time US & Canada), so be sure to register now and mark your calendars!…”

Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy

“Assist the Executive Director in the development of SPARC’s policy goals and priorities, and lead SPARC’s implementation of federal advocacy with Congress and the Executive Branch. This will include:

Monitor and report on legislative and regulatory activities related to SPARC’s policy priorities.
Track the development of relevant international, federal, and state policy to identify trends or future problems.
Provide in-depth analysis of regulations, guidance, and legislation (existing and proposed) as it affects SPARC’s priorities.
Draft clear compelling materials for policymakers, SPARC members, and the public, including reports, fact sheets, FAQs, talking points, memorandums, and public comments.
Represent SPARC in meetings with policymakers and staff (in Congress, Executive branch, etc.) and provide regular feedback to SPARC leadership.
Represent SPARC in relevant coalitions, and develop and maintain partnerships with key collaborative organizations.
Oversee policy advocacy engagement with the SPARC membership, coalition partners, and the broader open community.
As a member of the management team, provide vital input for short- and long-term strategic and operational planning within the organization specific to the policy agenda….”