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Blog Post
October 18, 2021

The Future of Scholarly Meetings

Announcing a New Cohort Project Funded by the Sloan Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic forced scholarly societies to reimagine one of their signal offerings: academic conferences. In response, societies experimented  with virtual and hybrid meeting formats on a scale that was difficult to imagine before March 2020. Societies have emerged from these experiments with an equal measure of worry and cautious optimism about the potential of these new forums to replace or supplement the traditional annual meeting.  With generous funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ithaka…
Research Report
October 18, 2021

COVID-19 and the Future of the Annual Meeting

In February 2020, the Biogen conference in Boston, Massachusetts, became one of the first superspreader events in the United States—one now linked to perhaps 300,000 cases of COVID-19. By mid-March, in-person conferences, a staple of scholarly communication and community, came to an abrupt halt. For the many professional societies for whom a conference is a core offering, the necessity of charting a new path for their annual meeting was among the most difficult organizational challenges created by the pandemic. As…
Issue Brief
October 28, 2020

Scholarly Societies in the Age of COVID

As membership organizations with revenues typically derived from a combination of publications, meetings, and dues, scholarly societies have faced distinctive challenges, as well as opportunities, in navigating the pandemic. To explore these, we spoke with chief executives and chief publishing officers at 12 large and small societies, some focused on the humanities and social sciences, others on the STEM fields. We were interested in how the various sources of activity and value for scholarly societies were being impacted…
Past Event
November 4, 2011

I Hear The Train A Comin’

12th Annual Charleston Vendor Showcase Speakers: Greg Tananbaum, Founder and CEO, Anianet, Owner and Operator, ScholarNext; Kevin Guthrie, President, ITHAKA; Anne Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University Location: Francis Marion Hotel, Carolina Ballroom (Overflow Seating in Gold Ballroom on 2nd floor) In each issue of Against the Grain, Greg Tananbaum’s Train column explores what’s around the bend on the scholarly communications track. Join us as Kevin Guthrie, President of ITHAKA, and Anne Kenney, University Librarian at Cornell, engage…