The London Book Fair announces brand new theatre for Academic zone in 2014

LBF takes a scholarly approach with launch of The Faculty@LBF

NEWS FOR RELEASE, LONDON, 7 November 2013: The London Book Fair (LBF) is delighted to announce a brand new academic theatre which will feature in its Academic & Scholarly zone in 2014. The theatre, called The Faculty@LBF, will be located on the show floor. The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is announced as official partner of The Faculty@LBF, which will also be fully supported by LBF strategic partners, The Publishers Association (The PA).

 As changes in scholarly, academic and professional publishing continue apace, The Faculty@LBF will provide a forum for the academic community to share and discuss issues relevant to the sector, through a programme of session topics covering academic, scientific and professional themes. As curation partners, ALPSP will create a total of four sessions, with additional sessions co-ordinated across the wider book fair content programme by LBF, The PA and other associations, partners and LBF exhibitors. Networking slots are planned to run at the end of each day.

Suzanne Kavanagh, ‎Director of Marketing and Membership Services at ALPSP, said: “Scholarly and academic publishing is facing unprecedented change, but we don’t have to be afraid. Many challenges we face provide opportunities as well as threats. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with LBF to bring the expertise of the ALPSP network to the fore through ‘The Faculty’ programme. We believe The London Book Fair is an ideal forum to meet and discuss ways to adapt to these challenges with partners throughout the supply chain.”

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, commented: “The academic, STM and professional sector is at the forefront of the industry’s ongoing digital revolution and I hope exhibitors will use The Faculty@LBF to share their experiences, ideas and products with industry colleagues. We are delighted to be working with our partners on this development within LBF.”

Richard Mollet, Chief Executive, The UK Publishers Association, said: “The creation of The Faculty@LBF will bring a dedicated zone in which to discuss hot topics like open access, product development, data and text mining and the many other areas in which academic publishers are leading the rapid evolution in the digital marketplace.”

The seminars that will take place in The Faculty@LBF are part of LBF’s Insights Programme (formerly Love Learning) which runs across the three days of the Fair, offering high level debates, panel discussions and seminars on issues and trends across the industry.

Exhibitors who would like to submit an idea for a speaking slot within The Faculty@LBF seminar programme can do so by going to www.londonbookfair.co.uk/seminarsubmission. The deadline for entries is 5 December 2013.

This week LBF is in South Carolina attending the Charleston Conference, which is attended by librarians, vendors, and publishers in the global scholarly publishing community. Attendees at The Charleston Conference who would like to meet a member of the LBF team are invited to tweet @LondonBookFair to make an appointment.

The Faculty@LBF will be situated in the Academic/STM/Professional zone, situated in Earls Court 1. ALPSP members will receive a discounted Fair entrance, which will be communicated once registration goes live.

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For further information, please contact Tracey Jennings, Midas PR Tel: 020 7361 7860, email: tracey.jennings@midaspr.co.uk 2014 SHOW DATES THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, EARLS COURT, LONDON Tuesday 8 -Thursday 10 April 2014

Notes to editors:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR (LBF) The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. The London Book Fair 2014, the 43rd Fair, will take place from Tuesday 8-Thursday 10 April 2014, Earls Court, London. The London Book Fair’s Digital Minds Conference will take place the day before LBF opens, on Monday 7 April. Korea is Market Focus country in 2014, following Turkey in 2013. For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk.

THE ASSOCIATION OF LEARNED AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY PUBLISHERS (ALPSP) The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is the international membership body which works to support and represent not-for-profit organisations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content. ALPSP’s has over 320 members in 40 countries, who collectively publish over half of the world’s total active journals as well as books, databases and other products. Its membership also includes those that work with not-for-profit publishers. www.alpsp.org.

THE PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover. www.publishers.org.uk.

 

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